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L H wrote a review Oct 2022
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania16 contributions6 helpful votes
I didn't have the highest expectations for this campground but ended up loving it. We stayed for 3 nights in a tent and had a great time. Site 28 was perfect. It had great views of the mountains, decent distance from neighbors (though we had no neighbors for most of our stay) and was very close walking distance to two different restrooms and the shower, but without any of the light pollution from the restroom buildings. We heard coyotes at night and had deer visitors and even a bobcat come through one night. The campground holds a Night Sky talk at the amphitheater every night which we thoroughly enjoyed. It was chilly and very windy while we were there so, if tent camping, you need to make sure the tent is staked down really well. The water fountains around the campground weren't turned on while we were there but we were able to fill up our water bottles at the lodge restaurant every day, which was an easy walk from our site. Everyone we spoke to at the campgrounds was very friendly and nights were very quiet. We used a camp stove to cook our meals since there are no fires allowed and it worked out great. The coin showers and restrooms were fine. Not the best but certainly not the worst. The best part of this campground was the incredible views and amazing skies/stars. I loved waking up to the beautiful sunrises.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Catherine C wrote a review Sep 2022
Chicago, Illinois1 contribution
Amenities: flush toilets and plumbed sinks, but no showers, Camping spaces are rather spare, but they are nice anyway and the scenery can't be beat! You must make reservations in advance as first come first served means only one night,
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Brian F wrote a review Sep 2022
New Hudson, Michigan7 contributions12 helpful votes
Campsite was nice and spacious even though on a slope. Close to Visitor Center to take any of the tours of Wind Cave. Bathrooms were clean but there are no showers and there was nothing to dry your hands. Very quiet at night. Would definitely recommend staying here. We were in the tents only section.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mommy1Indiana wrote a review Jul 2022
Scottsburg, Indiana280 contributions76 helpful votes
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We had site #19, which had electric and was on the outer loop with amazing views. There is no water or sewer hookups and it's basically a pull thru right off the road. The rangers put on a fantastic program at night at the amphitheater where you can learn about the park, and then see the night sky and stars thru a telescope. The ranger even air dropped a picture he took while we were standing there. Trails aren't too far from the campground. There is a lodge with souvenirs and the visitors center also has tons of souvenirs and rangers to help. Wish we had one more day here, the kids loved the Badlands!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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peacethroughtravel2 wrote a review Oct 2021
Grosse Pointe, Michigan263 contributions67 helpful votes
Fantastic location. Good showers. Lots of game. Laundromat in Wall, clean easy inexpensive. Lodge restaurant is a DUMP do not even think about it. The area is fascinating. Door hike good but go early to avoid the busses. Windy so nail your tent down well
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Birmingham_ALKaren wrote a review Sep 2021
Birmingham, AL56 contributions44 helpful votes
It is always a privilege to camp within an amazing national park such as Badlands, but don't expect all the perks & comforts of campgrounds you may have visited on the way. But here you are surrounded by the unique peaks and mounds and are literally minutes from spectacular trails in the heart of the park. How very special to go to sleep & wake up to that, especially on a clear night with a million stars overhead. However- know before you go- not all sites have electricity, no water hook-ups, of course no sewer. (There is a place you can fill your tank as well as a dump station.) And if you have an RV, you do not back in, but sort of parallel park on the side of the loop road. Your door may be opening out directly onto the road. And if you have a large rig, you may not be able to fit it in. Also, due to the close proximity to the valuable and fragile grasslands and the unrelenting wind, absolutely no fires are permitted, not even charcoal grills. That's the best policy- but if tent camping, plan your menu accordingly. RV-ers can always cook inside, no problem. Also note- showers are coin operated so don't forget to have your quarters ready! Rest rooms get a lot of use and need a bit of an update. Picnic tables are shaded, but there are few trees and sites are very close together and offer little privacy, especially for tent campers. Now having said all that, we still loved our time there. Abundant birds, the sky, the fresh air, silent deer wandering through, the stars, and most of all the scenery 360 degrees around you- it's incomparable!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Heather A. wrote a review Aug 2021
31 contributions8 helpful votes
This was a basic campsite. There were flush toilets and hot water, always a big plus to any tent campers. During our 2-day stay, everyone in the surrounding area went to bed before 9PM and started getting up/packing up from 4:30 AM onward. They all spoke in loud voices ("Are we mixing the dirty laundry?" one woman asked only feet from where I was trying to sleep,) and had either eaten breakfast or left by the time we rolled out of our tents at 6:00 AM. One family had two small children, one of which was crying continuously while she sat drinking coffee, like he had been awakened far too early and needed a nap. We had learned to double-secure the tents by then, which was a good thing at this exposed campsite without any trees or means of a wind-break. A storm went through the first night, with strong winds. We kept both the side flaps of the tents halfway open to create airflow, which worked really well. Definitely hard ground, but we had good quality pads beneath our sleeping bags. The campsite is right at the entrance to the park. We didn't hear any traffic noise, however.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Cupcaketravel wrote a review Jul 2021
Bella Vista, Arkansas330 contributions97 helpful votes
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Perfect Campground! We loved our stay and we will be back. It was beautiful and so peaceful. It is a bit odd to pull in and camp off to the side but you get used to it. The only down side is the restrooms need help. They are very sad. The star talk was great too! Get all groceries and gas before heading in the little store do not have much at all.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Walk the trails before 10 am they get crowded. Get groceries and gas before entering the Badlands.
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swoodruf wrote a review Jun 2021
Muskegon, Michigan1187 contributions244 helpful votes
We stayed at this park because it was located within the Badlands National Park. We arrived quite close to 6pm, and the ranger on duty pointed us to our spot. My friend had obtained the very last spot in the park at least two months earlier. When she booked it, she was told the RV would fit. However, upon arrival, it looked quite tight. The park attendant on duty let us park in the overflow area. There were no hookups, but we were able to get water and dump. The weather wasn't really cooperating ... it was cold and rainy, but we still had a great time. I loved the scenery. The park attendant was really nice.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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TheBurgsTraveler wrote a review May 2021
Sellersburg, IN94 contributions29 helpful votes
Campground was clean, but basic. There is nothing else around, so this is a nice oasis for the night. Views are spectacular!! It did the trick for one night while traveling through the Badlands. Bathrooms and showers were clean, but dated.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cedar Pass Campground
Which popular attractions are close to Cedar Pass Campground?
Nearby attractions include Badlands National Park (0.9 km), Big Badlands Overlook (1.9 km), and Badlands Wall (2.6 km).
What are some restaurants close to Cedar Pass Campground?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cedar Pass Lodge Restaurant, Wagon Wheel Bar & Grill, and Cowboy Corner.
Are pets allowed at Cedar Pass Campground?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Cedar Pass Campground?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Minuteman Missile National Historic Site (11.7 km).