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Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Cedar Pass Campground (Concessionaire Operated)

Badlands National Park, South Dakota


20681 SD-240
Badlands National Park, South Dakota 57750
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Sites: 96
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 43.745728390835
Longitude: -101.94837964894

Elevation: 2422' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Giving this a 10 based on the views alone. Everybody is correct when they say it's an odd layout where you just sorta pull off the side of the road but that doesn't detract from the beauty of the area. I too was concerned about having our slide-out hanging out in the road but it was non issue. Easy to get to, easy to find your sites and set up. For the best views, get a site that is on the out side of the loop that way your facing the badlands. We camped at Cedar Pass Campground (Concessionaire Operated) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

We were thrilled to find this campground in the middle of the beauty of The Badlands. While we had some conveniences, we still felt pretty remote here. Yes, like others have said, it is not laid out like your typical campground, but we thought it was pretty easy to just pull up and stop at the sites. Because we had to switch our dates after I made the initial reservations, we had electric one night and then had to move to a non-electric site the second night. It was really no problem and our view of the Badlands was even better the second night. We would definitely come here again and it was a great experience! We camped at Cedar Pass Campground (Concessionaire Operated) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
13 and 16
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

When doing the 30 mile loop of The Badlands, we were glad that we had towed our Jeep Wrangler. Some of the hills are steep and it was just easier to get off of the road at viewpoints and if we saw something the we wanted to take a picture of with the smaller vehicle. Glad that we were able to leave RV in the campground.

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Review Count: 166
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 30

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

We did not stay here, however, we did a couple of drive throughs to check it out. We found that they had non power sites available at this time of year, but all the power sites were booked up. They do have a dump station. It should be noted that this CG is not on the Rec.gov site. It is managed by the Cedar Pass Lodge just up the road. The only down side I saw to this Cedar Pass CG was a KOA sign just outside the National Park that is extremely well lit and is visible from all over the campground. We camped at Cedar Pass Campground (Concessionaire Operated) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
na
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

If you call and Cedar Pass doesn't have power sites available, they will offer to make reservations "up the hill" at Circle 10 CG (operated by same company as Cedar Pass). This CG is about 8 miles north of Cedar Pass and is not a NPS CG, senior passes not accepted however the usually 10% discounts for GS, AAA etc. are available.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Good park. Close to Badlands and Scenic 240 road. Facility is clean. Weird parking but ok. We could see the Badlands from our site. We camped at Cedar Pass Campground (Concessionaire Operated) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
70
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Visit the visitor's center. Drive the 240 scenic road. Get tickets in advance for the Minuteman Missile tour. Visit their museum. Do some of the hikes close by.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

This in the National Park. Beautiful vistas. We didn't have a reservation and were just very lucky. Would highly recommend reserving or getting there very early. If no reserve sign on post pick a site, park and go to host site or gatehouse to sign up. Lovely loop drive. Lots of mountain goats, antelope and bison. We camped at Cedar Pass Campground (Concessionaire Operated) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
79
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a restaurant at lodge. We did not eat at lodge. Visitor Center shows movie. Not one of the best NP videos but you should probably watch. Nice Center, however.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Yes, the "sites" are a little strange -pull offs on the side of the road. However, what you get is a gorgeous view of the Badlands. Even though the park was fairly full, we didn't feel cramped in any way. It is a bit windy out there, and one night we had to bring in our slides because the awning sounded like it would fly off! Many tenters left in the middle of the night as a result. The bathrooms were fairly clean. There was also a nice kitchen sink outside the restrooms where you could wash dishes. Finally, just as a little warning - all the small holes in the ground are homes for very large wolf spiders. So, don't do as our family did - stargaze in flip flops! They do come out at night and hunt. You can see their shining eyes if you shine your light. Quite fascinating! We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Cedar Pass Campground (Concessionaire Operated) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Badlands right outside your window. Wall Drug only 45 minutes away.

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Review Count: 59
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Open and sunny, sites are wide spots in road to pull over and alongside the paved road. Ok but a feeling of being in the street. Park ran by a concessionaire and was given a discount for federal pass but not 50 % like typical. Can be windy. Views of Badland peaks. We camped at Cedar Pass Campground (Concessionaire Operated) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Not big enough for my 5th wheel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Our 5th wheel is 35 feet and for the space we were in there wasn't room for truck. No designated overflow parking sites so put truck near dumpster at restroom, no big deal. Left one of our slides in as felt it was sticking unnecessarily into road.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

I think my exceptionally high rating for this campground was because of the views we saw each morning when we went outside. This National Park has to be one of my all-time favorites and it was great to be able to stay in the campground and see the park first-hand. When we originally booked the dates and site, the on-line map makes it look like a typical campground with the individual sites radiating off of the campground roads. However, the majority of the sites are on and parallel to the main road, a set-up that I have never seen before. In fact it reminded me of pictures of the way wagon trains in the old west would circle together at night for safety. At first I was a little concerned as our 40 inch slide was extended into the actual roadway, but as the majority of campers were back at their sites before dark, it never turned out to be a problem. The campground was full on the nights we were there and it was peacefully quiet. One morning we got up before sunrise to see the sun coming up on the Badlands, and I was embarrassed by the noise our truck made when I started it to head to one of the overlooks. Because the campground is on a plain there is always wind, so if you are tenting, be prepared with plenty of stakes to hold it down. It took four of us to help hold a neighbors tent while they were trying to secure it. If we come back to the Badlands, Cedar Pass would be our only choice. We camped at Cedar Pass Campground (Concessionaire Operated) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
24
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Schedule way in advance during the season.

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Review Count: 76
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

We were looking for a campground that would be convenient to visit Badlands National Park. We're self contained and don't use the facilities. We camped here on a weeknight.

This is a perfect spot from which to tour the Badlands. Agree with other posts: paved 'pull-over' sites are different as are having the door of the RV open onto a wide spot on the road. And sites at first appear to be arrayed in a large field without shade. Each site has picnic table with a shelter providing shade. Some have electric. There are water spigots and a dump station. There is no wifi. Verizon and ATT coverage is ok.

All sites have great views. We believe the gorgeous view of the Badlands and convenience of being so close to the park far outweigh the funkiness of the unusual arrangement of the sites. Reservations can be made. For walk-ins, they begin assigning sites at 2pm when busy. We camped at Cedar Pass Campground (Concessionaire Operated) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
65
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

There are many hiking trails near the park and roads are ok for biking. The park puts on daily interpretive sessions at an amphitheater walking distance from the CG. It's also walking distance or a short drive from the Visitor Center and a small restaurant. The tiny town of Interior is about a mile away.

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Review Count: 81
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 28

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Camping in the Badlands was a unique experience. The views are spectacular. The campground offers electric only. The sites are pull offs from the main road. We had a reservation and so were able to obtain a site large enough for our fifth wheel and truck. The site was reasonably level. The electric was well placed and functioned as expected. Each site has a picnic table and a wind screen. We checked in at the hotel and were directed to our site. The hotel could use better signage for RV parking while checking in. We camped at Cedar Pass Campground (Concessionaire Operated) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice to have a campground inside the park. Very windy. Our site, 67, was supposed to accommodate our 37' travel trailer. However, as all the pull-through sites are essentially a pull-out scoop of the road, our trailer was dangerously close to passing traffic. The road finishes a turn here and the rear of our trailer was just inches from passing traffic. Thank goodness for the generosity of the family in front, who gave up several feet to allow us to pull forward. We camped at Cedar Pass Campground (Concessionaire Operated) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
68
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to view the visitors center, fossil trail, and the overlook just inside the entrance near northeast entrance. The Prarie Homestead Historical site just outside the park charges a fee but is a fair amount to see an historic sod home and prairie dogs up close.

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Review Count: 111
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

I stayed here for three nights. Normally, national park campgrounds are not big rig friendly. However, this campground worked out well for me. The site layout is a bit unusual, resembling parallel parking spaces. This places the "patio" side on the street side. However, the roadway is plenty wide to not cause a hazard going in and out of one's rig. The sites are out in the open, with beautiful views of The Badlands. They are also conveniently located to the amphitheater, visitor center and lodge store. Campground was very quiet. We camped at Cedar Pass Campground (Concessionaire Operated) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
83
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Evening ranger programs were very informative and included a night sky program given by a volunteer astronomer.
Store at lodge has very little in the way of groceries, so come prepared.
Minuteman Missile center close by was very interesting.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Camping in the Badlands is such a wonderful experience, that any shortcomings in the campground seem too trivial to mention. Understand, though, that the campground is basically an open field with only wind/shade shelters and picnic tables. Only some of the sites have electric hookup (no water and no sewer). And the "pull-through" sites are really "pull-over"; that is, there are wide spots in the loops where one pulls over and sets up. That also makes for a weird arrangement where, if the pull-over is to the left of the drive, the curb-side elements of the RV (door, slide-out, etc.) are on the roadway. For this reason, the best sites would be those where the pull-over is to the right of the roadway, although that would mean running the electric cord to the curb-side. (Or, some people simply drive the wrong way on the campground loop and then set up.) The whole campground is an easy walk or bike ride to the amphitheater where they have wonderful ranger programs every night. And, of course, the Badlands Loop is memorable. Hiking in the Badlands is different from most national parks; the whole area is basically open and people are free to walk or climb wherever they want. There are a few marked trails, and we did several. The "Notch Trail" (if you don't mind climbing a ladder) is especially worthwhile, and the 4-mile loop trail out into the grasslands gives a worthwhile perspective. We stopped in Wall, but decided to skip the Wall Drug experience. We camped at Cedar Pass Campground (Concessionaire Operated) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
87
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here one night. We did not have a reservation. The cost is a bit steep for electric-only pads and despite the fact that it is in a Federal park, our senior pass discount did not apply. I think the park is privately managed. We had to abort our first two pads because of the unlevelness. The sites are all pull-throughs with no buffer between the pad and the road. Our slide-out was literally jutting into the road. The park is open, windy and dusty but the views of the Badlands, only a quarter mile away is stunning. There is no restriction on walking in the Badlands and we took a such a walk before sunset. It was an experience to remember. The nearby visitor center is excellent. There is also a restaurant within an easy walk. We camped at Cedar Pass Campground (Concessionaire Operated) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Badlands.

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Review Count: 160
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 56

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $11.00
Overall Rating:      

Yes, the parking is just sort of along the road, but it's perfectly adequate for a night or two. The view is awesome and the grounds were clean. It does seem to fill up quickly so I would secure a spot early. The website said it's "first come, first served" but there were "reserved" tags on many posts so I'm not really sure what that's about. No wi-fi but Verizon had adequate coverage. Didn't use restrooms/showers so can't comment. This is not a "resort". It is a convenient place to stay for a night or two while you explore the fantastic Badlands. I would stay again. We camped at Cedar Pass Campground (Concessionaire Operated) in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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