Badlands National Park Campgrounds

Badlands National Park Campgrounds
The Badlands National Park is located in southwestern South Dakota. This area is known for its deep gorges and sharp spire structures. Park guests and campers can participate in special ranger programs consisting of talks, guided hikes and events.

Cedar Pass Campground

Situated by the Ben Reifel Visitor Center, this campground offers 96 campsites with views of the Badlands. Picnic tables, water, flush toilets and a dump station are available for use. Limited camping during the winter months is also available.

Sage Creek Campground

This campground is on the west side part of the park's north unit, near the wilderness area. Bison can be seen wandering around the site, according to the National Park Service. Camp amenities include pit toilets and covered picnic tables. You must bring your own water supply when camping at Sage Creek because no drinking water is available.

Group Camping

The Cedar Pass Campground has four campsites designated for group camping. You are required to make advance reservations by contacting the Cedar Pass Lodge at 877-386-4383.

Cedar Pass Lodge

Cedar Pass Lodge is open during the summer season. The lodge has rental cabins, a restaurant and a gift shop.


You can visit the Badlands National Park year-round, 24 hours a day and seven days per week. Winter camping is available; however, some facilities in the park, such as the Ben Reifel Visitor Center and the Cedar Pass Lodge, are closed .

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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