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Cedar Pass Campground — Badlands National Park

Big rig friendly in Badlands National Park
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3 stars
$18 tents to $30 RVs
  • 60%


Summary:

Big rigs typically have a hard time finding national park campgrounds that they will fit in. We were excited to find out that we could camp right inside Badlands National Park at Cedar Pass Campground in Interior, S.D.

The amenities are barebones and we quickly realized how important the term “shaded picnic tables” was when we visited in the heat of the July sun. Nonetheless, the history of the Badlands area and beauty of the historic landmarks are worth a visit and you will be treated to one of the most remarkable sunsets right from the comfort of your campsite.

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Pros

  • Located right in Badlands National Park so there is minimal driving distance to explore
  • All sites include a shaded picnic table area
  • Dump station available with fresh fill water for only $1 per use.
  • Pay showers available
  • Flush toilets available in campground
  • Fresh water spigot in campground
  • 96 tent and RV sites available
  • Kids 15 and under camp free with parents
  • Group sites available
  • Level and paved sites
  • Wildlife (especially bison) can be seen in parts of the park
  • Restaurant is located minutes from the campground within national park
  • Jr. Ranger program and adult ranger programs located at Visitor Center near campground
  • Night ranger programs located right in Cedar Pass
  • Northeast entrance of the park is located just 3 miles off I-90 for those traveling westbound
  • Miles of trails and scenic drives easily accessed from Cedar Pass
  • Big rig friendly

Cons

  • 14-night limit
  • Electric only sites
  • The sun is VERY hot during summer months and there is very little shade available
  • The camping spots are basically in the road with a large grassy common area for everyone to share.
  • Entrance fee required to enter Badlands NP (in addition to nightly camp fee)

About Jen Holt

Jen Holt and her husband Drew are parents to two young kids and travel the country in their fifth wheel nicknamed Big Moosey. The Holts have a passion for the outdoors and love visiting National Parks. You can follow more about the Holts adventures at www.free2breathe.com

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