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Sage Creek Campground

Badlands National Park, Badlands National Park, SD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Staying at Sage Creek Campground was a unique experience and it was the highlight of our visit to Badlands. When we arrived, the place was packed but literally emptied the next morning before we were out of our tents. It was very idyllic, you pitch a tent wherever your heart desires because there are no defined campsites. It is a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

Primitive campground yet peaceful and secluded. The price was right-Free! Open in the prairie with the prairie dogs and the occasional buffalo. Great views especially at sunset and sunrise. One almost feels like a modern day pioneer and can imagine what they went through. Would absolutely come again.

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1 Thank Gene S
memphis, tn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

The road to this place seems a million miles long and is washboard. We went on Labor Day weekend, and got there mid-afternoon. It was so hot after we set up our tents all we could do was huddle under a shelter. There is no running water, but there is a creek nearby if you have a water filter. It... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Most people would want to camp IN the Badlands, but Sage Creek is just a ways down the road (it would be a long walk, but it is a beautiful drive) and almost never full. In addition to being in the Badlands National Park, it is beautiful and FREE! Nice views and great grass for staking tents and getting comfortable.... More 

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1 Thank Frankie W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This is the best place to stay when you are need a night to camp before you continue on with your trip. It is very rustic with the best view of the stars. When you wake up in the morning, you are in the badlands and ready to explore. All of the campers are respectful, it was quiet and I... More 

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1 Thank 884phyllis
Kettle Falls, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This is primitive camping, no water, no flush toilets, not much shade. But its free camping in an amazing setting. From camp there are miles of trails or you can sit in camp and watch bison wonder by, or watch prairie dogs play.

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2 Thank Dustin W
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Wide open circle, no fires, no shade, easy access, great night sky and, yes, we also got the lone bison and shooting stars (two days before Perseids). Nice location away from BNP proper by taking 12 miles on well groomed gravel road. Can't beat the free price. Only drawback was late night arrivals, but that's tent living.

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Wheaton, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I camped here our first night in Badlands national park. We are tent campers and even after reading reviews about the campground being windy we decided to try it to be close to the bison and it is also free. We got in about six thirty at night and were the only ones there. It was windy!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

Free and peaceful. My friend and i had a great night here and even got to witness a lone bison come through the camp in the morning. Its very primitive so make sure you have no expectations excep to sleep under the stars in a beautiful place.

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2 Thank Kelly J
Saint Charles, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Dusty, Gravel road but well worth it! Off the beaten track, less crowded , no surrounding lights. Worth roughing it up (only pit toilets available. no water or hookup) if you want a quite, remote campground where you can have bison just walk right by your camper, where you can see the stars so clearly at night, where you can... More 

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