Badlands National Park, crisp, stark, breathtaking


Badlands_site_JulianneGCraneThis time of the year Badlands National Park in South Dakota, has amazing sunrises and sunsets, snappy winds and brisk temperatures.

We camped in the Cedar Pass Campground located on the east side of the park. There are 96 sites with a sweeping spectacular view of the rugged badlands formations. It is a short walk (or bicycle ride) to the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Camping fees are $18 per night per campsite and $30 per night for campsites with electrical hook-ups ($22.16 for America the Beautiful pass holders, including Seniors and Military).

BadlandsNP_truck_JulianneGCraneAmenities include cold running water, flush toilets, and covered picnic tables. A dump station is available. According to the camp hosts, there will be a limited section of the campground open during the winter months. First come, first serve.

Photos: Cedar Pass Campground; and one of many viewpoints in Badlands National Park. (Julianne G. Crane)

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