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“Cedar Pass Lodge is alright”
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Cedar Pass Lodge
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Enschede, The Netherlands
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Cedar Pass Lodge is alright”
Reviewed August 13, 2004

Arrival date 25th of July 2004. One night.
The lodges are not very spacious. They have everything you need except a television. But that was for us not a problem. Only keep the door of the bathroon closed. Sometimes it smells not so good. Sewer?? I don't know if it was an incident or a structural problem.
The room was not expansive. $70 a night for 2 children and 2 adults and also you stay in a national park. What do you want more. It was not a "bad" experience in the Badlands.

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Landisville, PA
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Reviewed February 17, 2004

A great "middle of nowhere" kind of place with good food, good service and quant cabins. Have stayed here twice and enjoyed it both times. Scenery is second to none.It reminds me of an updated version of the Government camp in the movie "The Grapes of Wrath".Predominately staffed by the friendliest Sioux Indians you'll ever meet.

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Reviewed April 21, 2003

I've stayed at the Cedar Pass Lodge four times on Vision Quests to South Dakota. It is so beautiful there, nestled in the middle of the stark Badlands, yet the land is alive with nature. Cedar Pass keeps a vegetable garden and all summer long the premisis are dotted with gray bunny rabbits who are food for the abundant rattlesnake population. On quiet nights you can hear hundred year old drums coming from the ghosts on Red Deer Table, and the surrounding colorful buttes. I sit at my factory job, 2200 miles away, and dream of Cedar Pass, the smell of sage, the full moon over the cliffs, the haunting call of the coyotes, and the ever-present howling wind. No one should visit Cedar Pass. It should be all mine, pristine, like a paradise that exists only in my mind! Oh, and the food at the cafe is excellent! Indian Tacos!!!

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Portland, Maine
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Reviewed April 4, 2003

I've stayed in cabins at the Cedar Pass Lodge twice, most recently last June, and would gladly stay there again. It is a rustic experience, so those of you who like five-star accommodations must be prepared to adjust to the small size and no-frills nature of the cabins. What Cedar Pass Lodge has going for it is the location; it's the only lodging within Badlands National Park, and that's enough reason to seek it out. I believe it is still Lakota-owned and operated. The prices are very reasonable and there's an okay restaurant offering your basic burgers and fries, etc., a gift shop for souvenirs and snacks, and a national park visitors center next door. While there, plan to take advantage of the national park ranger programs. I went on a ranger-led prairie walk at 10 PM ... a small group of us walked out into the Badlands with flashlights, sat down, and looked up into a starry sky while Ranger Mike told us some Lakota legends regarding constellations and explained some of the area's history ... there was a slight breeze blowing and the moon rose behind a huge rock formation in front of us ... I will always remember the perfection of that night. Staying right in the park, you can get up at dawn and see the best colors in the sky and rocks. I love South Dakota, think being in the Badlands is like visiting another planet, and am thankful that I've been able to spend some time there. So, while I've only rated this lodge average, the spot it sits on is definitely extraordinary. If you want to stay at the Cedar Pass Lodge, I would recommend that you make reservations well in advance because the number of cabins is limited.

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Property: Cedar Pass Lodge
Address: 20681 Sd Highway 240, Badlands National Park, SD 57750-7035
Location: United States > South Dakota > Badlands National Park
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Badlands National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Cedar Pass Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cedar Pass Lodge offers unique accommodations in Badlands National Park. Newly built cabins in 2012 and 2013 affords visitors the chance to relax in comfort offering Queen or King hand crafted lodge pole pine beds & furnishings. All cabins are outfitted with small refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, AC/Heat, ceiling fan, on demand hot water heater, upscale sheets/linens, bamboo towels, Lakota made lamp, flat screen TV and Adirondack chairs on the front porch. All cabins were locally made and were built to Gold level LEEDs specifications including re-purposed resources of naturally fallen beetle kill pine from the Black Hills of South Dakota paneling the walls & ceilings of these quaint cabins of the Badlands. ... more   less 
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