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Review Count: 51
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 12
Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $45.00
This is a great place to stay when visiting the Badlands National Park. It's typical for a KOA - gravel roads and sites, playground for the kids, gift shop, etc. It could be maintained better, but the location and friendly staff make this place a good choice. Would most definitely stay here again. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 88
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 18
Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $40.00
Gravel roads, grass in between. A good place to stay and see the Badlands. We enjoyed the park. Pool and Cafe closed for season. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Motorhome.
The Badlands are awesome! Make sure to visit Wall Drug and its story in the town of Wall.
Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $45.00
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Badlands/White River KOA. It is truly an oasis in the desert. It's close to the Badlands National Park, but in a very quiet location. Large dog run. Helpful, friendly owners. Plenty of room for a big rig motor coach. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 37
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6
Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $46.00
This is an excellent location, with plenty of nice shade trees along the White River and just a few minutes from the entrance to Badlands NP. The staff was friendly, the campground was very neat, and although some of the facilities (bathrooms/showers) are dated, they were clean. The park offers about a dozen channels via cable.
We were able to get cell service (4G on AT&T) towards the front of the park, which is good considering the remote location. The park does offer several Wi-Fi spots. They worked near the main buildings but not anywhere else.
We liked our site, it was reasonably spacious, but most importantly the numerous mature trees gave us relief from the summer sun. (Other loops were wide open with no cover.) One notable quirk was the sewer connection at the far *front* of our site rather than the back of the site where our sewer outlet is located. We managed using an extra length of hose.
We stayed two nights in site #10. We would happily return. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Travel Trailer.
For lunch, I highly recommend the Sioux Indian tacos at Cedar Pass Lodge right by the main visitor's center in Badlands NP.
Review Count: 723
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 69
Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $37.00
Without a doubt, this was the worst experience we have ever had at a KOA is 26 years of RVing. We had stayed here about 9 years ago, but started staying closer to I-90 to save a gallon or two of gas. Unfortunately, I decided to try this park again. We did not know that there are new owners as of 2 years ago. We called and reserved a FHU site that was supposed to be satellite friendly (their website says some sites are satellite friendly). After check in, we were led to a site with a large tree next to it and huge branch right over the front section of the RV's roof and satellite dome). When I mentioned this to our guide, he pleaded ignorance to what we were supposed to get and suggested that we might get satellite if we move all the way to the front of the site. I did so, but still could not get reception. We had to walk back to the office and they said they had NO FHU satellite friendly sites. After asking for our money back, they offered us a FHU site in the overflow area. That was satellite friendly but the closest sewer was 35" away. They LIED to us when we made the reservation (tell the customer we have what he wants), when we arrived (Oops, no FHU sites with satellite), and when we complained (there is 1 FHU site in the overflow). The park has good facilities and very good recreational amenities, but the way we were LIED to was totally unacceptable. In addition to everything else, we did not have cable TV at the overflow site and could not use the WIFI there. NO surprise - it was Tengo. This park should be a 7 or 8, being LIED to at every turn brings it down to a 2. There is some recycling. The site we ended up with was not worth the $37 or the 1 hour hassle to get it. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 18
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 2
Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $44.00
Great stop to visit the Badlands NP. Sites are dirt, with some grass between, amid trees. Occasional sewer smell but not a problem. Good satellite, but took some positioning and no cell phone. Poor wifi. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 74
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 23
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $43.00
One of the best KOAs we've stayed in; well run and nicely kept up by really friendly folks. This is the best CG in the area because of the big cottonwood trees - other CGs are pretty much in full sun. These sites are nice and level; all lined up as angled pull-thrus with grassy space in between and many with some trees for decent shade. Nice pool, lawn space, playground, bike rentals, badminton and other recreational activities make this a real family-friendly place. Cable offering was weak and Verizon service was intermittent at best, but CG WiFi was really good most of the time. Bathrooms and laundry facility are due for an upgrade, but aside from that this place is really outstanding. We stayed for 5 nights and would come back in a heartbeat! We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Motorhome.
Bring all of the groceries that you need as there is nothing anywhere close to nearby. This KOA does offer breakfast every morning and I think they have pizzas available, as well.
See Badlands at different times of the day to observe and photograph how the sun hits these rock formations - stunning.
Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $65.00
One of the best KOA's Ihave stayed at. Nice people, shaded site, easy access in and out. An oasis in the badlands. Highly recommend. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 131
States Visited: 38
Helpful Reviews: 25
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $62.00
I will try to be fair with the campground based on the front part of their campground because of the shading, levelness, and spacing. However, we elected to get a more expensive premuim site that was located at the back of the campground. The site we had did not have any shade at all, even with the one tree between the sites. Our site looked like a converted roadway because it was about 100' long, a total waste of space. The campground's yard waste area appeared to be about 75' from our camper which was very unsightly. Our patio was not completed. It had very sharp edges which were quite dangerous, there were stacked pavers on the patio creating a trip hazard, and several pallets of pavers stored near our camper. The new grills electric spark did not work, the wifi did not work, and the cable signal did not reach this premium site.
We went back to the owners to move to another site but were told no other sites were available but if we could leave within 1 hour he would refund our money. He said he would even give us the numbers of other campgrounds to call. After traveling 10 hours and already setting up our site we decided to stay but asked for a $10 discount because of the above issues. He told us that he could rent this site out the moment we left and refused the discount. He exhibited a total disregard to customer service which an employee later reinforced after we told our story to him by telling us that the owners would not care about a bad review because they get plenty of business.
Upon leaving we again spoke to the owner and he finally agreed that a premium site would have wifi and cable, but still offered no discount and told us that this type of site in the area with these services are $195 a night, a total lie.
So if you elect to stay here, stay in the front and do not pay for the premium site. It is far from premium.
We will not be staying here again. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
Badlands National Park and the Minuteman Missle Park but get to the visitor center early if you want to go in the underground control center. The tickets for the day are gone in 10 minutes.
Review Count: 15
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $48.00
Very hot during our visit so the pool was crowded and since everyone wanted the AC running, the electric kept dipping. We did have to turn off our AC a couple times when the electricity couldn't keep up. The facilities were nice, though they could be cleaner, and my only serious wish would be for air conditioning in the bathrooms. They were so hot that with the shower steam it was unpleasant. Our site was enormous- a double wide that had additional parking next to where we placed our camper. We didn't really need all that room but for a large trailer and truck, it would be fantastic. This is a great option to offer! We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Tent Trailer.
Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $48.00
The park is about 3 miles from the Badlands NP Southern entrance. It is very clean and they have an excellent dog run area. It is the largest of any we stayed at. They also offer a station for washing your dog just to the outside of the run area. They have a very nice pool (which we did not use). It is very quiet at night.
Their WiFi was very sporadic. Their antenna was just inside the office and pointed out toward the north. I was in eyesite of the office and still had problems with the reception.
All in all it was a very nice campgrpund. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Motorhome.
There is a small store in town but it is very limited. If you go to the town of Wall there is a mid size grocery store there on a side street. They had fresh produce and meat. This store is about 30 miles from the campground.
Take advantage of the new Minuteman missle NM which is located just off of I-90 at exit 116 for the silo and exit 131 for the main building. There is a limited number of tickets handed out at 8:00 am each day to be able to take the elevator down to the launch room.
Review Count: 103
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 24
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $45.00
This is the nicest campground near the Badlands National Park (Happy 100 Birthday NPS!). After a day in the hot, unrelenting sun touring the Park, the shady trees, and crystal clear swimming pool were a welcome relief. Our first campsite was in the late afternoon sun, we asked and were moved to a shadier site. The staff were super welcoming and very easy to work with. This campground had been recommended to us by a friend. After passing other campgrounds in the area, we were very glad that we followed up on the recommendation. The campground is pretty full during the summer tourist months so schedule ahead. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Motorhome.
The Badlands National Park is AMAZING! We spent 2 days (and 1 night) there. We only did a few of the many things that you can do there. We could have definitely stayed longer!
Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $63.00
Nobody told us that it was on the other side of the park from the interstate.
It was a clean and friendly park.
We arrived on the weekend that all the bikers were leaving and were charged the upcharge for Sturgis week pricing. OUCH! We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 66
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 16
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $50.00
Easy drive into national park. Nice dog run area. Walking path. Would return. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $38.00
This was a beautiful park on the White River near the Badlands Interior entrance. You went a few miles down a road and then dropped down into river bottom with lots of large Cottonwoods. Very shady and cool, which is a rare find in the Badlands! Excellent spot to access the park. Quiet, even though it was busy. Clean bathrooms and showers. Nice setup to do dishes outside. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Tent Trailer.
Easy access to Badlands National Park
The Badlands are awesome! Make sure to visit Wall Drug and its story in the town of Wall.FunFinder • September 2016
The Badlands National Park is AMAZING! We spent 2 days (and 1 night) there. We only did a few of the many things that you can do there. We could have definitely stayed longer!ShoreXplorers • September 2016
Easy access to Badlands National ParkRhonda A • August 2016
There is a small store in town but it is very limited. If you go to the town of Wall there is a mid size grocery store there on a side street. They had fresh produce and meat. This store is about 30 miles from the campground. Take advantage of the new Minuteman missle NM which is located just off of I-90 at exit 116 for the silo and exit 131 for the main building. There is a limited number of tickets handed out at 8:00 am each day to be able to take the elevator down to the launch room.2012ViewProfile • August 2016
For lunch, I highly recommend the Sioux Indian tacos at Cedar Pass Lodge right by the main visitor's center in Badlands NP.texasAUtiger • August 2016
We loved the hiking trails in the Badlands. They are interesting and unique. Biking along Old Northeast Highway through the peaceful pastures was enjoyable. We absolutely loved the day spent at the Minuteman Missile National Historical Site.Smashcamp • August 2016
Badlands National Park and the Minuteman Missle Park but get to the visitor center early if you want to go in the underground control center. The tickets for the day are gone in 10 minutes.John Borajkiewicz • July 2016
Bring all of the groceries that you need as there is nothing anywhere close to nearby. This KOA does offer breakfast every morning and I think they have pizzas available, as well. See Badlands at different times of the day to observe and photograph how the sun hits these rock formations - stunning.Jolly Out There • July 2016
Interior is a town of 67 pop. An interesting place to visit. Very remote, but the people are intriguing. Not one complained about their lot in life. For an excellent view of the park, take a helicopter ride. Awesome!DJanis • May 2016
Get mapping directions from owner. Don't use I-90. Outstanding Indian tacos in Badlands NP Made by real Sioux Indians from grandma's recipe. Their fry bread base is delicious. I've eaten Indian tacos about 50 times, and these are #1. Also, try the SDstate dessert, Kuchin.rvnlinda • September 2015
Take a drive through the Badlands on the scenic route. We saw big horned sheep and a coyote. We also went to Wall Drug for 5 cents a cup coffee and the Wounded Knee Museum.rolling homeless • August 2015
Close to Wall, and right in the Badlands. ours was a pullthrough site. The placement of the fire pit was kinda awkward, but we weren't there enough for it to matter. It was warm and we only had a fire once or twice.Greaseman93 • August 2015
Visit the Minuteman Missile Historical Site located off I-90. To get tour tickets to the launch facility arrive when they open at 8 AM since tour space is very limited. Very interesting tour of the launch facility including the underground bunker.linnemj • August 2015
There's not much in the way of shopping nearby, so it's best to hit the grocery store before arriving if you need to buy more than just the basics.LifeRebooted • August 2015
There is extensive road construction in the area and recommend following the CG websites avoidance directions. Try their Buffalo Burgers. They were pretty good.Russ60 • July 2015
Go hike around/ climb all over the rocks at the Badlands. Our kids LOVED it there!!KyKampers • July 2015
Handy to the Badlands Loop and shopping in Wall, S.D.Fred 52 • July 2015
In addition to the Badlands, a must stop is the Minuteman Historic Site located at exit 131 on Interstate 90. Try to get tickets to the underground control room.Ratch • June 2015
If raining - use deet, nothing else will work, we tried them all. Try and see a sunset in the Badlands - incredible!cbrew • June 2015
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