This campground is apparently closed. I called both phone numbers and sent emails with no response. We ended up camping at elsewhere and were very happy. People I spoke to in the town of Interior were not surprised that "Badlands Ranch & Resort" had gone out of business as it had a very bad reputation in the town. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Don't know where to begin. This campground was in the Passport America book, and we had tried all day to call ahead for a reservation, but only received a recorded message of "out of the office for a bit". When we finally got someone, we were advised she would be out of office, but would be back shortly. Since it had been a long driving day, we decided to set up and wait for someone to return to collect money. The showers were demolished and appeared to be permanently non-functioning. However, they did have one (1) bathroom with a shower in the conference room building, but the door did NOT have a lock. The primary reason we chose this place was it was off the beaten path, and had a beautiful pool as we had kids with us. I wouldn't put fish in the pool. It was green with algae. Nothing had been done to it. We were so tired that we stayed there for the evening at the PPA rate and hit the road the next morning. Stay away from this one. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Don't know where to begin. This campground was in the Passport America book and we had tried all day to call ahead for a reservation. Only received recorded message of "out of the office for a bit". We went anyway and found the office locked and no other customers. Since it had been a long driving day, we decided to set up and wait for the office to open or someone to return to collect money. The showers were demolished and appeared to be permanently non-functioning. No one ever arrived, neither owner nor other guests. In the morning we left our payment (at P.A. rate) taped onto the locked office door. Stay away from this one. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We have stayed here a few times because we like the "off the beaten path" effect we have here. Things have really gone down hill though. The women's bathroom is completely shut down. The men bathroom is pretty bad also with bugs and cleanliness issues. One of the two men toilets still has an "out of order" sign on it, which was there last year also! The office seems very seldom to have anyone in it. Our electric was OK and we have been places where the 30 amp would not run our air and microwave at the same time but here it seems to work OK. Some of the picnic tables are in very bad shape. We like hiking in the Badlands, but if you are looking for that "Resort" that is advertised for this location, well it is not really here! We camped here in a Motorhome.
We tried to stay here and have the following comments, all of which boil down to: avoid this place if you can. 1. Do NOT attempt this campground if your RV is more than 34 ft long or 11 fit high at highest point (and do not forget your air conditioner)! Unless they have trimmed trees, you run risks. 2. They only have (maybe) 30 amp electricity. On Sept 9th, many of the sites had electrical boxes taped closed. Also, water was leaking from the valves of the spigots. 3. It is possible that no one will be here to direct you, even if it is before 5 pm when the office "officially" closes. The person who answered our phone call earlier in the day, was no where around, even though she'd said there would be someone in the office. Just after we pulled in from the extremely dusty, washboardy Craven Road, several more RVs pulled in behind us. It was a grab-bag as to where people went. The only place that would possibly have taken our Itasca Ellipse 40 had it's electricity taped closed. And the tree branches in several other spots would have damaged the Coach. One of the people who was here before us, reported that there had been a sign on the door saying "back in 15" when they arrived, so they chose a spot. Going back to the office 40 minutes later the sign had been removed but no person was in the office. We selected this campground because of the "promised" boating on the lake. Didn't see a lake. We regret having to give a bad report as we try to support small businesses. Upshot of problems: Left this campground and went up the road to the KOA. (Yes, we paid 2.5 times this rate, but got 50 amp, water, sewer, electricity, nice people in the office and a guide to our site). We camped here in a Motorhome.
As described by other reviewers, this campground is in poor repair. Ground is covered with "stickers" and is full of weeds of various heights. It does not look to have been mowed for a very long time. The office staff is supposed to be in from 9AM to 5 PM. They are very seldom there and it is difficult to even pay your bill if you are going out to see the sights. It is very quiet and out of the way. We cooked inside to avoid the weeds and stickers. Would probably not stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The park is located a mile down an extremely dusty dirt road so if you RV is clean, it won't be for long. The 30 amp service was so bad that we had problems just running one AC with everything else shut off. Had to start the generator to get the coach cool down. There is an above the ground pool but it was not maintained. The trees were scrubby and needed trimming. I would not stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We picked this spot so that we could be out of the way, save some money, and enjoy some quiet while visiting the Badlands. We were able to accomplish all three. We ended up staying four nights, and happened to be there during a heat wave of 105 degrees! Thank heavens the A/C and electricity were fine for us, we had none of the problems other campers reported. We arrived late and enjoyed picking our own spot. We selected one nearest the road so that we could enjoy the view and minimize pesky neighbors. We didn't take into account the dust from the road, which when the locals drove by (very fast) billowed over the trailer. Since we had the A/C going full tilt, it wasn't too much of an issue, but I can imagine it being problematic when the windows were open. Our two girls didn't care about the dated facilities (which is putting things nicely): they played at the playground and went in the pool, which wasn't green during our stay, but was extremely cold, so they didn't stay in for long. It was good for cooling off on hot days. Mid-week the place was fairly empty, with a few sets of families coming in on the weekend. Driving by the other campgrounds, I was very happy with our choice: the other campgrounds are right next to the main road of the park. We prefer not to hear traffic all night, not be packed in so tightly with other trailers, and to save money where we can. If you want peace, quiet, and the opportunity to feel as though you are really in the Badlands, and not some manufactured oasis, this park would be a good choice for you. Happy travels! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We started our visit to the Bad Lands and per their website it looked great. When we arrived I paid for a week, but After 1 day we decided to leave and find a real campground. It is under new management, and it just went down the tubes. We asked about and setup a trail ride, and I was told they are only doing it in the evening which was fine. We ended up waiting for over 2 hours and the person never showed up. The manager said that she would come and get us when he arrived, and soon after she left very fast without even telling us that the person was not going to come. The pool was green, and there is no stocked fishing ponds as advertised. If you like snakes in your camp and nothing else then this is the camp for you, but if you want a nice location, pay the extra money and go to a nice place We camped here in a Motorhome.
This would be a great park instead of just a low end park, if the owners (on Indian reservation land) would just put some effort into maintaining this park. 1. The grass needed to be cut and the weeds pulled. Several pullthrough sites had weeds so tall I would be worried about a fire started by a truck parked on top of them. 2. Tree branches needed to be cut back instead of having an expensive RV drag them out of the way. 3. Rake and redo the pads with new gravel. Level pads? You're kidding, right?! 4. It's listed as having Wi-Fi but it's only in the cabins, so that part is misleading. The good thing about this park is the quietness and the lack of traffic since it's so far off of the beaten path. I would only stay here again, as a very last resort. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The facility is under new management. We arrived late in the day so we registered and did not really look around to much since we had to get the RV all setup. The next day we looked around and we found out that the Pool was Green, the fishing ponds are really not very nice. We setup for a trail ride and the ranger never showed up. The manager said that she would come and get us when he arrived and the next thing I knew was she just left very fast without telling us anything. I would recommend that if you want to camp, you should stay somewhere else. You will be much happier. If you want a site with a place to park your RV and without anything else this one is for you. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great park for the money. The resort part is the lodge and very nice cabins they have,but the RV part is full hookups and a little close together but clean and neat. Roads and pads are gravel but level and hookups are close and convenient. Shade is good and views are great. Have a very good string of horses for guided trail ride and the wranglers match folks very well by experience, even if none! Road is much better but the map on this site is wrong as of this date. The management are trying to get it corrected. The park is located south on SD 44 of Interior. Staff is great. We look forward to returning. Price reflects Passport America. Note from Admin: Map pin is now set in the correct place. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a nice park with friendly managers. There is horseback riding at the camp and it is close to the Badlands. It is a no frills camp, but had full hook ups and was quiet. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a low-budget campground. Yes, the road is washboard right now, but we drove at 10-15 mph for the mile length with no problems. The sites are very close together (many are "back to back" with each rig facing the opposite direction) but if the park is not full, it's a nice layout. We were allowed to pick our own site, as were all other campers. We requested three nights at the Passport America rate and it was granted. The owners/managers were very friendly and accommodating. We asked for permission to wash the RV and it was granted immediately. The site is about 5 miles beyond Interior, SD. This entire part of the state is very remote and lightly populated. This is a good site for visiting Badlands National Park and the Minuteman Silo National Historic Site. We'd stay here again, for sure, especially because of the half price. There is no park Wi-Fi, but our Verizon air card worked great. We camped here in a Motorhome.
THE GOOD - The staff was very friendly and happy to accept our CampClub USA discount for a week. We picked our own pull-through site with full hook-ups. The campground is very quiet and the view of the prairie and Badlands makes for a very peaceful setting. Horseback riding and lake fishing available at the campground. THE BAD - Access require travel down 1.2 mile dirt road with some wash-boarding that really affects a big rig like ours (41 ft). Internal roads are gravel but well compacted and some larger interior trees can be challenging to negotiate. Some sites are also too close together, affecting the turn radius. The closest convenience store is in "downtown" Interior (pop. 67), about 5 miles away. THE SUMMARY - We stayed here for a week and would definitely stay here again. The friendly staff and peaceful setting is well-worth any short-comings the campground may have. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Advertisements say the park was 1 mile out of Interior, SD and it was 4.5 miles. The access road was also a 1.5 mile dirt road. The lanes were very narrow and hard to enter into the sites. Had to unhook my toad to make the turn into the site given me. They said they did not have 50 amp but said it would not be needed. In our rig its hard to run some things at the same time with 30 amp. Also he complained because I used my USA Camp Club card. Lots of trees which also caused problems. I knocked my phone antenna off the rig trying to turn the corners and could not get any TV or Internet due to the tree coverage. I would not use this location again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This place is unique. I worried about my decision after reading the other reviews so I'll address what were my concerns. Road in is not bad at all. We were allowed to pick our own spot and parked facing our traveling companions. We asked if we could trim branches that were in the way and were given permission. We were given permission to wash our vehicles. Laundry is a flat fee of $4.50 for as many loads as you have. Horses are not a problem and are enjoyable. View of the Badlands is spectacular. Showers are small and only have curtain but there are full hook ups so it is easy to use your own facilities if that bothers you. Is it a resort? Not by a long shot but I'd stay again in a minute. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
1st site hookups were not working. Sites were not mowed, grass was up to bench on table that needed a lot of TLC. Shade? Old abandoned trailers and motorhomes with high grass was in last rows. Older couple trying, but can't keep up the park by self. Son suppose to take over. Would not stay again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The road in is dirt/gravel and a little rough for a mile. The rate is for Passport America. We stayed a second day for free with a horse back trail ride. The trail ride was super. The sites are close. The trees need trimming. There were only 3 other campers there so no problems. If full it could be a problem. The place has been sold according to the owner. He said the new owners have plans to upgrade. We are rating the park as it is now. It's about 7 miles outside the National Park. We would only stay here again if we were doing the trail ride. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
It was actually quite quaint with all the horses around. But the road leading into the campground was very rough and washboard like. The showers were small and only had curtains across the shower itself, no privacy otherwise which I thought very awkward. We camped here in a Motorhome.
If you have a snake phobia, don't open the "free cookies" canister in the office. Manager appears spaced out, unhelpful, and cranky. Side by side sites; trees need serious trimming. Campground has horses, and features trail rides. Although there appears to be plenty of other space available, there is a horse corral 20 feet from the campground with associated odors, bugs, and biting flies. Full hookups are 1/2 price for Escapees and Passport America. We wouldn't stay here again at full price; might stay again at 1/2 price. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nice park, a bit out of the way on a gravel road, very quiet and price is right, passport America park, also half price with Escapees as well, will stay again if in area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I would rate this campground higher except for the washboard road you have to drive on for a mile to get there. Campground is in an out of the way area. Drive to Badlands isn't far but there isn't much else around there. Once in the campground it is nice. Mostly centered around providing trail rides on their horses. It is quiet and peaceful. Nothing much to obscure the stars. Power did go out during rain storm but came on quickly. Only has 30 amp service. Prices for laundry, phone, modem are higher than average. Guy in office is a little strange. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice, rustic campground on a working ranch. A couple of miles off the beaten track, so it was very peaceful. Side by side hookups, so when full it might be close. Choose your big rig site carefully, it may be difficult pulling out if it's crowded. The trail ride was wonderful, making it all worthwhile. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a Passport America CG so regular rate is $25/night (you can get one night free with a trail ride when paying reg rate). The owner and staff are very friendly and helpful. The location and trail rides are simply outstanding but drive slowly on the gravel road to the park (typical washboard surface found on such roads). This was our 3rd trip to the ranch (two visits in 2006). We will go back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Not a good campground for dogs. They were very welcome - but there were grass spurs on the ground. Our dog couldn't walk two feet without getting these in his paws. Full hookups, shade. Older campground, clean but needed some paint in areas. Owners were very friendly. We didn't do the trail ride, but other campers said it was great. There was one big fire pit, no individal campfires near your rigs. It was actually fun to sit around the fire and meet the other campers and here their stories. Don't plan on fishing, when we were there the pond was a swampy mess, and the grass wasn't mowed around it - so no way to get to the pond. There was a nice laundry facility, clean and newer, efficient machines. Lots of areas to hike, great views, beautiful country. Campground was off the beaten path - but worth it. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
If you like camping "way out in nowhere " this is the ideal spot for you. Take Hwy. 44 from Interior, SD, pass the KOA, and within a mile or two, turn left onto a dirt road and go for about a mile to the park. Many sites offer impressive views of the Badlands and the grassy praries. The location is a storm-watchers heaven, as you can see them approaching from many miles away. The park is about a half hour drive to the Interior entrance of Badlands National Park. As can happen in very rural areas, electricity went out for several hours, but park staff had the utility company come and fix the problem as quickly as possible. Staff was easy-going and friendly. Picnic tables are located on grass between sites. Great place for fishing, horseriding, talking walks, and taking photographs. We camped here in a Motorhome.