Campground Review-Cedar Pass Campground, Badlands NPS

Back in July 2016, I began planning our July 4th summer vacation.  I knew that I wanted to plan a stop near Badlands National Park.  I had recently heard about the Cedar Pass Lodge and Campground and I knew I wanted to stay in the park while we explored the area.  I called up the campground to make a reservation and just my luck, I was the first person to call to reserve a site for those dates in 2017.  I was told I could have the pick of the sites and of course I asked what was the best site and Site 24, I was told, was the best site in the campground.  I definitely have to agree with that. We loved the view from this site and I enjoyed it in the mornings with my cup of coffee.


The girls also loved the wide open spaces which allowed them to run and play in our downtime at the campground (which wasn’t really that much time).  Also, one of Elsie’s favorite things is to meet new friends at the campground and this time she met a young girl named Nora who was camping with her mom, grandma and little baby brother.  The two of them became fast friends and spent every second they could playing with eachother.


One thing that is different with this campground is that you park parallel to the road versus pulling thru or backing in.  For us with a shorter trailer it was not a problem for us but I imagine it can be challenging for those with bigger rigs.  Each campsite has a covered picnic table which provided a break from the wind and from the hot sun.   There are no fire rings in the campground because fires are not allowed in the park to protect the prairies but propane grills and stoves can be used for food preparation.

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Campground Basics

The campground is open from early April to the beginning of November.  There is a mix of electric sites and desinated tent sites. The tent sites are non-electric and are $22/night for two people, $3 for additional people over age 15.  The RV sites have electicity and are $37/night, $4 for each additional person over age 15.  There are 94 sites in the campground and three bathrooms and one showerhouse.  The showers are pay showers and I can’t comment on them because I didn’t get a chance to check them out.  This campground has a dump station which can be used for $1 and water available to fill up your freshwater tank.


Besides the amazing views this campground provides, it’s next best asset is the prime location it is in to explore Badlands National Park .  The Cedar Pass Lodge which contains a gift shop and a full service restaraunt is located within walking distance and there is an amphiteater located in the campground where nightly, park rangers hold evening programs.  We didn’t make it to the evening programs htis time but in this post I share our adventures from our visit.  When we head back to this area, without a doubt I would choose to stay here again.  Waking up to the views we had beats any other campground amenity any day.

Dates of Travel :  June 30th-July 1st, 2017  

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