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Cedar Pass Campground


Located near the Ben Reifel Visitor Center in Badlands National Park, the Cedar Pass Campground has 96 level sites with scenic views of the badlands formations.

The campground is open seasonally and located within walking distance to the Cedar Pass Lodge. Visitors can grab a hot meal at the Cedar Pass Restaurant or for purchasing camping supplies, groceries, and Badlands souvenirs in the nearby gift shop. The four group campsites are open year-round for organized groups with a designated leader. Reservations for the busy summer season are accepted beginning the first week in March of each year.

Camping in Cedar Pass Campground is limited to 14 days. The campground is open year-round with limited availability in the winter season. Due to fire danger, campfires are not permitted in this campground, and the collection of wood is prohibited. However, camp stoves or contained charcoal grills can be used in campgrounds and picnic areas. When using charcoal grills, ensure the charcoal is cool prior to disposal to prevent a trash fire.

Cedar Pass Campground offers RV sites with electric-only service. There are two accessible sites. Additionally, all suites include a shaded picnic table area. There is no water or sewer. A septic dump is available for an additional fee. The campground has pay showers, flush toilets, and water nearby.

For tent campers, the vast open prairies of the Badlands contain a variety of plants and animals. This variety and the relative openness make the Badlands a naturalist's paradise. In an effort to maintain the prairie grassland, fires are not allowed within Badlands National Park. You may use small, portable propane grills at your campsite for cooking.

Campsites for tent camping are equipped with a shaded picnic table and also include a surrounding of spectacular views of the Badlands, sites within a short walk of pay showers and bathrooms, quick access to the amphitheater for National Park Service evening programs during the summer, and easy access to Cedar Pass Lodge and Restaurant.

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A 52 Weeks of Fun Fascinating Fact about Cedar Pass Campground

The otherworldly appearance that makes much of the Badlands like exploring a strange and distant planet is the result of millions of years of erosion. They occasionally give up ancient secrets like fossils of extinct animals that lived 20 to 40 million years ago.

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