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“Great location, rustic lodging”
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Cedar Pass Lodge
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Reviewed May 24, 2010

It's not the Ritz-Carlton, so don't expect luxury. You don't stay in these places for the amenities but for the location and view.

The view and location are superb, and the cabin was much nicer than expected. Simple but clean and functional. Not the most comfortable beds but reasonable enough.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 8, 2010

These cabins are in such a wonderful location that it is difficult to compare with motels/cabins located outside the park. The cabins are very small, but clean. Each cabin has a picnic table with the most fantastic views. The only food nearby is just OK, but if you have low expectations, you will find something to eat.

If you can, try to attend one of the Ranger presentations. They are located outdoors and are quite interesting. The Badlands are so beautiful, yet different than any other landscape. So glad we came to this park as we were headed to the Black Hills.

If you are particular about your accommodations, you will not enjoy these cabins. If you are interested in "being there", this is the place to stay. One night is enough to be able to see the area unless you plan to do a lot of hiking.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 25, 2009

Yes the cabins are rustic and a bit pricey but if you want to stay in the park (...and that is what we were there for!) this is a good bet. The staff was friendly and it was wonderul to be in the park after all the tourists were gone for the day. We enjoyed sitting on the porch of our cabin chatting with other tourist and watching the birds and bunny rabbits. We did take advantage of the many ranger talks through out the day and did particulary enjoy the ranger presentation at night on astronomy. The nearby town of Wall was fun to vist (don't miss having an ice cream at Wall Drug Store!) but we were glad we opted to stay in the park.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank twotrav
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Reviewed October 27, 2009

On a drive to Chicago our plan was to stay close to the park so we could go hiking for most of the next day. We found the Cedar Pass Lodge on our drive through the park and decided it was the most convenient place to stay.

For what you get the cabins are a bit pricey, but the whole package made it very practical and good value.

The cabin was about $85, it was set out in an uninteresting loop of about 15 cabins. It was smallish and older and didn't have much pizzaz, but it was also fun to stay there. We were just there one night, two would of been fine if you brought our own picnic or barbecue, three maybe a bit long.

That night there was an astronomy talk and star viewing at the next door amphitheater which was really great. People from all over the US and other places in the world were attending. The speakers were pretty decent and the star viewing was truly spectacular. The speaker pointed out constellations with a laser pointer and on that clear dark night, it was a real treat. Simple but mother nature delivered.

After a good nights sleep we had a boring breakfast in the lodge restaurant and then a great day of hiking the park trails. It was really fun and nice to get out and see nature and be in the sunshine. A good place to stop if you are driving through and we were glad to be close the action right there at the lodge.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2009

Stayed here in late August with wife and 2 kids, 9 & 11. Cabins were small but we were okay for 1 night. Cabin could have been cleaner, but it was a cabin; not a hotel room. Locations was great! A million stars at night and easy to get out for a ranger talk in the morning. Sure, you could get a hotel in Wall, SD but you came here for the Badlands, right?

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 28, 2009

We stayed 2 nights here and ate breakfast at the restaurant both mornings. If you want to stay in the park, this is your only option, but they weren't too bad. You could try something in Interior, which is very close (about 2 miles).

The cabins were built in the 1920s, so they are pretty rickety and showing their age. They are somewhat typical of a lower end national park lodging (like Yellowstone's Canyon area older cabins, or Glacier's Lake MacDonald Lodge motel units). The bathroom was an add-on, so it was tiny. The staff was not exactly friendly, but warmed up a bit after talking to them. The beds were pretty comfortable and the stars were incredible!

The restaurant breakfast was pretty good, but we didn't have any other meals there. Some of the staff were indifferent, others were friendlier.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 28, 2009

Okay, you don't stay here for the motel. It's a place to sleep! so it was clean, the bed i had seemed pretty new and very comfy. down side was i couldn't open the windows because the screens did not fit the windows well at all, and i would have had visitors! so i had to resort to the air conditioner (very loud) but i ran it got the room cool for the evening then shut it off. it was in the 90's while i was there, even in late sept. bunnies abounded as did bats at night (outside of course!) location location location is the key to this place. attached restaurant was VERY GOOD. enjoyed the food and the people who worked there. esp. my bus girl one evening (I think she was about 5 and told me that she worked here too (like her mom!) ) Friendly place to stay.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled solo
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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: $131 - $160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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