hiking and camping

South Dakota

The Badlands

Expansive prairies, rugged rock formations, neverending views, and abundant wildlife. Welcome to Badlands National Park, encompassing more than 244,000 acres of desolate beauty in South Dakota.

Open: Year-round Fees: $30 for 7 days Dogs: Yes, on roads and campgrounds. Prohibited on trails. Camping: 118 sites in two campground

Quick Facts: Badlands National park

Cedar Pass Campground - Conveniently located near the visitor center.  96 sites, some with electricity.  $22 a night. $37 for sites with hookups. 


Sage Creek Campground- Inconveniently located in the middle of nowhere. No hookups, but totally Free!


Cliff Shelf Trail - 0.5 miles and easy Notch Trail - 1.5 miles with a steep wooden ladder Window Trail - Very short Door Trail - .75 miles


Wear long pants - cactus, bugs, and rattlesnakes.  Wear sunglasses, a hat, and sunblock. Drink 2 liters of water per person per hour! Hike in the early morning or late evcening. 

Tips for summer hiking

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