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Cedar Pass Campground
Algona, Iowa
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“One of my favorite National Park campgrounds.”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

My friend and I stayed at this campground during our road trip to South Dakota last year. We had driven 8 hours to reach the Badlands, the first stop on our trip, and arrived at the park just before sunset. The scenery was amazing! So much so, that we are doing another road trip this summer and have decided that we will stop at the campground again when we pass through South Dakota. The weather in early June was perfect for sleeping outdoors and exploring the park the next day, although it did warm up quite a bit during the day. If you will be passing the Badlands on your way to Custer, I highly recommend a visit to the park and this campground!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

We drove our RV in early Sat morning; the Sun was still ascending, casting its early rays over the vast expanse of the Badlands in majestic splendor. It was very chilly (46 degrees F or so), but the temp climbed quickly as the Sun rose higher in the sky. Temp went up about 20 degrees in a couple of hours. Very breezy, so have coat and hat available. The roadways are well maintained and easy to navigate, the staff and concessionaires friendly. There are an abundance of trails to hike and sites galore. You will be very sorry if you don't bring the following: a camera, walking stick, water and a trail map. Too many sights to describe, take two or more days to see both halves (north and south parts of the park). Like I said in my title, the Badlands aren't so bad at all! A memorable experience!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Essex, Ontario
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

Hello travelers!

Cedar Pass campground was everything our group needed. Flush toilets and running sinks, electricity outlets, and drinking water. The view of the mountain peaks, and the amazing cloud systems above, was the cherry on top of this clean, well developed camp ground. Be sure to check out notch trail. It is a little challenging, but the sights on top of the peaks take your breathe away!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2012 via mobile

The campground is simple, flush toilets, no showers, shared water spicket.

We tent camped, there are only a few trees, the ranger was great and pointed us to a site with shade.

The best part was the night sky, the stars were amazing! Worth a nights stay to explore the park and sky!

  • Stayed August 2012
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2012

We stayed for one night in mid June 2012. Poor reviews of this campground in travel guides and the heat of this summer had us very unsure about this campground, but we really enjoyed our stay! The campground is large and first come, first serve. I don't think it fills often, but it was close to full the night we stayed. They do offer a few electric sites (this is new), but I think you would have to grab one in the morning as another camper pulled out. The views of the Badlands in the evening are really beautiful and the campground cools really nice by sunset.

Pros:
- Clean, Flush toliets (no showers)
- Close to visitor center, restaurant, trails
- Every site has a shaded picnic table
- Quiet, cool at night
- VIEWS!
- Great evening program by the Park Rangers
- Price ($16 a night I think)

Cons:
- Some of the water spigots were not functional (Big Issue - Not good in this hot climate)
- Little shade, no privacy
- no campfires (the reason is understandable in this climate)
- No water sites, very few electric sites

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

Great spot to camp out for one or two nights.

- Every spot has a shaded picnic table.
- Friendly park staff
- Walking distance to Visitor Center
- Great views
- Clean bathrooms, no showers
- No campfires
- Its hot, come early for the few spots with trees for extra shade
- Cool breezy nights

  • Stayed July 2012
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2 Thank HireChelsea
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Kingston, Canada
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

We stayed here our second night at Badlands National Park (our first was at the free Sage Creek Campground). We could have happily spend a third night in the park, but we had to move on.

Cost was $16 a night for an unserviced site. Washrooms were flushers and were clean - no showers. The campground set up for most sites is that there is basically a little extra space on the road for you to pull your vehicle off and parallel park to the road. If you have a trailer/motorhome, that is where you sleep. If you have a tent, you can put it up somewhere within your designated site.

This campground is well located to the visitor centre and the hiking trails in the park. The sunrise with the light hitting the badlands was amazing. There was quite a storm during the night (I was awake for all of 5 seconds to take note of it) but there didn't seem to be any damage to anyone's tents or anything in the morning.

I would guess that the campground was 80-90% full. If it is full I'd suggest to carry on to Sage Creek - it's a bit of a drive but without registered sites there you will at least have somewhere to sleep, and it's free.

ktown

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Cedar Pass Campground
Address: Badlands National Park, Badlands National Park, SD
Location: United States > South Dakota > Badlands National Park
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Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Badlands National Park
Number of rooms: 100
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Cedar Pass Campground Hotel Badlands National Park

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