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Reviewed 15 June 2013

Of our five campsites so far on our western trip, this one is, by far, my favorite. The backdrop of the Badlands National Park sets the perfect stage. The rustic feel of the campground itself is ideal for people who really want a genuine camping experience. Our site looked right into the mountains, and the boys were able to wake up in the morning and head directly to a hill to climb, just feet away from our camper. The campground doesn't allow fires, so instead of cranking up the stove in the camper, we drove over to the lodge for dinner. (We could have walked.) The workers at the dining area, just like those at the visitors center and all of the rangers we encountered, were very friendly. The food was above average, and featured a few items made with buffalo. The ranger program was nice, though a little long at 45 minutes + for the kids. The bathrooms and shower house were clean and modern, but be warned the shower is coin operated. There is nothing fancy here, so the atmosphere is quiet and peaceful, and there is nothing conflicting with the amazing night sky. This was the best sleep I've had in weeks! If you are camping while visiting the badlands, this is the place.

Date of stay: June 2013
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4  Thank Swiftpack
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

We reserved our site over the phone and when we got there someone else was in the spot. We went to the reservation desk at the lodge and she said she was sorry and tried to help us find another spot in the campground. Of the 3 sites she gave us 2 of them were also taken. They have know clue as to what sites they are reserving. Reservations don't mean anything here, basically it's a first come first served because the lady taking the reservations is scatterbrained. The shower building has really loud fans that run all day and night that everyone in the campsite can hear, bring earplugs. The door to the mens room is broken and when it shuts it slams really loudly, and one of the hand driers doesn't work. Showers are 25 cents for 2 minutes, so bring some quarters. Also, no privacy at the campsite, you're right next to the other campers with no trees. Badlands itself were beautiful, but the campground is terrible.

Date of stay: June 2013
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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2  Thank unhappycamperasdfg
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

My husband and I stayed at this campground no 30 for one night. The campground was quite, peaceful, loads of birds chirping around. The campsite is close to one of the restroom which wasn't so crowded hence he accessibility was easy. Remember to take quarters if you plan on using the showers. it was beatiful to watch the sunset from here.The weather was perfect during the day but at night it was extremely windy and the site being on the top of the knob received all the brunt of the wind. Make sure you have a steady tent if you are choosing this site.

Date of stay: May 2013
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Mary A
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Reviewed 8 June 2013 via mobile

We spent 1 night here and unexpectedly were surprised at what a lovely camping experience we had. Location is great -just at the base of The Castle. A minute to Visitor Center and Lodge. 2 Miles out of park had gas and small grocery store. There are about 16 electric sites and a dump station for RV. Although spots are not private all campers were very respectful and we did not really notice anyone else- just the spectacular views. We did not have wind or heat so cannot speak to that but could see that being an issue as campground is out in open. Hot showers for $1 and clean toilets. Senior Golden Age Pass discount $20/night. They just started taking reservations in 2013 and we recommend the Agate loop for electric hook ups. Overall Park was a great stop and recommend people make time for Badlands Natl Park and Visitor Center.

Date of stay: June 2013
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4  Thank Dadickster
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Reviewed 6 May 2013

We liked this campground. It is very simple but a nice campground for a visit to The Badlands. Advice - the national park service website says you cannot make reservations here but if you google Cedar Park Lodge, you can make reservations at this campground through that website. We stayed here in May and so the weather was ideal. If you are here in the summer you should know that there is really no shade here. They have nice picnic tables with shade on each site though. Bathrooms are ok - they have pay showers but not all of them were working. We were going to stay 2 nights but decided on only 1 since we saw a lot of the park that day. We also went on a bike ride on NorthEast Road in the park - it is a gravel road. Watch out for flats if you are biking as there are a lot of goatheads on that road. I would stay here again.

Date of stay: May 2013
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2  Thank Sharon-Stephen
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