Badlands National Park
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Camp Near Badlands National Park in the Southwest corner of South Dakota

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Visiting Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park in South Dakota has a mixture of rugged geologic formations and preserved fossils and mixed-grass prairies. With its unique features, other-worldly appearance, geologic history and fossil beds, there is much to explore and appreciate here so you may want to camp nearby for a few days! Whether you prefer to stay in an RV, tent or cabin accommodation, there are several KOA campgrounds in the Badlands National Park area that would be a great base camp to explore from. Whether you are coming from the east or west to visit the Badlands, there are nearby KOA locations on your way as well as a campground just four miles from the park's Interior Entrance.
Badlands National Park

Experiencing Badlands National Park, in the Southwest corner of South Dakota

There are many things to do in Badlands National Park, which is divided into two units. You can take the Highway 240 Badlands Loop Road to explore the North Unit area of the park, where most of the pinnacles and spires are. Stop at the overlooks along the paved loop road to enjoy scenic views of the pinnacles and buttes. The Ben Reifel Visitor Center is a must-do stop on the east side of the park that offers information, ranger programs, exhibits, and a theater showing a park film. This visitor center also houses the fascinating Paleontology Lab, where visitors can observe paleontologists as they prepare fossils for display. Explore the easy and accessible Door Trail and Window Trail for views of the Badlands Wall. The Fossil Exhibit Trail is another easy, accessible boardwalk trail for viewing fossil exhibits. There are other hiking trails of moderate to strenuous difficulty in the North Unit of the park, including the Notch Trail, Castle Trail, Cliff Shelf, Medicine Root Loop and Saddle Pass.

Near the North Unit's Pinnacles Entrance into the park, you can take the gravel Sage Creek Ridge Road. This road encircles the Badlands Wilderness Area, where there is more wildlife. Stop to visit Roberts Prairie Dog Town to see the large and very entertaining prairie dog colony in action. You can often see the bison herd during your travels along this road. The Sage Creek Basin Overlook is along the road as well as the primitive Sage Creek Campground.

There are lots of attractions to visit near the park as well. Just north of the park is Wall, South Dakota, where you can visit the well-known Wall Drug Store tourist attraction. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is close to the northeast entrance of the park. Wind Cave National Park, Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore National Monument and Rapid City, South Dakota, are all just a short drive away from Badlands National Park so you may want to plan to stay for several days in the area while enjoying the amenities and conveniences available at a nearby KOA campground.

Things to Do and See in Badlands National ParK


Badlands Loop Road


Badlands Wall


Ben Reifel Visitor Center


Fossil Preparation Lab


Hiking Trails


Pinnacles Overlook


Roberts Prairie Dog Town


White River Visitor Center


Yellow Mounds Ooverlook

Fun Facts About Badlands National Park

Keep an eye out for scenery from the Badlands National Park Area featured in these films:
Dances with Wolves
Head of State (Mount Rushmore)
How the West was Won (Custer State Park)
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Starship Troopers

Nearby Attractions to Badlands National Park

Black Hills National Forest

Custer State Park

Deadwood, South Dakota

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

National Grasslands Visitor Center

Sturgis, South Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Wall Drug Store

Wind Cave National Park

FAQs For Camping in Badlands National Park

With its rugged terrain and extreme temperatures, the Badlands National Park is best to visit during the shoulder seasons. The summer months can be hot and humid, and temperatures can reach 100 degrees. On the other end, winters can be bitterly cold with temperatures well below freezing and one to two feet of total snowfall.

Mid-April through May and September through early October is the time to visit the Badlands as the summer tourists have faded and the temperatures have cooled.

There are a lot of different attractions in Badlands National Park. The park is split into two sections. The North Unit is the most visited part of the park. This is where you will find the Badlands Loop Road, Sage Creek Wilderness Drive, and Roberts Prairie Dog Town. The South Unit was a former Air Force bomb range during World War II. Park rangers advise visitors not to go hiking in this section since there are still unexploded bombs here.

If you do one thing in Badlands National Park, it's to drive along Badlands Loop Road. This road runs through the most scenic part of the park and has different overlooks, hiking trails, and boardwalk trails.

There are also a lot of attractions to visit near the park like Wall Drug Store, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Wind Cave National Park, Mount Rushmore National Museum, and Rapid City.

There are an incredible amount of amazing things to do in Badlands National Park. It's a true nature-lovers national park where you can experience nature on a grand scale. A few of the top outdoor activities are hiking, wildlife viewing, camping, and biking.

The Badlands National Park has several trails full of scenic overlooks. The parks most popular trail is Notch Trail, which takes visits through a canyon to a stunning viewpoint of the unique landscape. Another popular trail is Castle Trail, which is the park's longest trail that offers beautiful views of prairie grass and natural rock formations. Other popular trails include the Fossil Trail, Dorr Trail, and Saddle Pass Trail. If you prefer biking or hiking, there are paved paths and dirt roads where visitors are allowed to ride their bikes.

Badlands National Park is home to a good amount of wildlife. Visitors will get to see prairie dogs, bighorn sheet, bison, elks, black-footed ferrets and more.

The only place to purchase food inside of Badlands National Park is at the Cedar Pass Lodge, located just down the road from the visitor center. The lodge offers both sit-down meals as well as grab-and-go snacks. You can choose from breakfast, lunch & dinner and they have some crowd favorites like breakfast burritos, burgers, pecan salad, and more! You're also allowed to bring food into the parks to set up a picnic at popular locations like Pinnacles Overlook, Yellow Mounts, and White River Valley Overlook.

There are several restaurants near the park such as Wall Drug Store, Dakotah Steakhouse, Buffalo Dreamer, Tally's Silver Spoon, Badlands Saloon and Grille, Fat Boy's BBQ, and Red Rock Restaurant.

Badlands National Park is best known for its beautiful landscape. The park has two developed campgrounds, plus plenty of campground and RV parks right outside of the park. Since the Badlands does not see as many visitors as the Grand Canyon or Yosemite, it's noticeably less crowded making it easier to truly enjoy its beauty and explore its outdoor adventures.

Since Badlands is so remote, you'll feel like you're in the middle of nowhere. Because of this, there are incredibly dark night skies which create jaw dropping views of the Milky Way. There's also unique wildlife like bison, bighorn sheep, and golden eagles. A day here truly isn't enough, and camping is the perfect solution to making the most out of exploring this park.

KOA Campgrounds Near Badlands National Park

With over 500 KOA campgrounds in the United States and Canada, you'll find 2 KOA campgrounds near Badlands National Park.
KOA Holidays

Badlands / White River KOA Holiday

20720 SD Highway 44, Interior, South Dakota

Camping near Badlands National Park At The Badlands / White River KOA Holiday

2024 season: 4/26-10/14!  Welcome to our oasis of the Badlands!

This remote and beautiful KOA is just 5 miles from Badlands National Park. The rugged beauty of the Badlands includes a rich fossil bed and the nation's largest protected mixed-grass prairie, where you will find bison, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, mule deer and prairie dogs. Some of the darkest skies in North America await stargazers, and opportunities for photography and hiking abound. The campground is in a quiet rural setting with hundreds of large shade trees beside the White River.

  • The store is open to guests from April 26 through October 14, 2024. We have all the usual amenities, including RV supplies, groceries, and gifts. 
  • The Cookshack is open for breakfast and dinner from May 16th through October 14, 2024, check with Guest Services for hours of operation.
  • Our swimming pool is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.(weather allowing)

Max pull thru: 120 feet. Your host:  Thor Elliott, GM

Badlands / White River KOA Holiday

Open April 26 to September 30 More Details

Camping at Badlands / White River KOA Holiday

* The directions provided are estimated, please confirm directions to and from the KOA to your destination.

Badlands / White River KOA Holiday Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 120' Max Length
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV
  • Pool (5/24 - 9/2)
  • Snack Bar
  • Propane
  • Mini Golf
  • Firewood
  • Pavilion
  • KampK9®

Hours / Operation

Open April 26 to September 30

All Sites

Check-in: 1:00 pm, Check-out: 11:00 am

Accommodations, RV Sites, Tent Sites

Check-in: 1:00 pm, Check-out: 11:00 am


20720 SD Highway 44
Interior, SD 57750
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KOA Holidays

Rapid City / Black Hills KOA Holiday

3010 East Highway 44, Rapid City, South Dakota

Camping near Badlands National Park At The Rapid City / Black Hills KOA Holiday

Camping in Rapid City, South Dakota, offers excellent access to some of South Dakota's most exciting attractions. Within just an hour's drive, you can reach Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Deadwood and Custer State Park. Rapid City is known as the gateway community to the Black Hills, and Rapid City/Black Hills KOA Holiday is easily accessible from I-90, so you can count on a getaway full of fun activities.

Make KOA your camping destination spot near the Black Hills for relaxation and sightseeing, or stop here on your way to Yellowstone National Park.

Ways to Stay 
At KOA, campers can stay in a cozy Camping Cabin or enjoy a full bathroom in a Deluxe Cabin. If you are looking for RV camping in Rapid City, you can enjoy Pull-Thru and Back-In RV Sites with 50 max amp hookups and 80-foot max pull thrus. These convenient paved campsites accommodate RVs with multiple slide-outs, and Deluxe RV Sites with a KOA Patio™ include additional outdoor seating areas. If you prefer traditional camping, you can also enjoy one of our convenient Individual Tent Sites.

Convenient Amenities
Enjoy convenient amenities at KOA. Our clean bathrooms provide showers and hot water, so you can spend each day refreshed. Take advantage of on-site laundry facilities, and visit the KOA store for any of your camping needs, including firewood and propane. KOA's friendly campground staff are knowledgeable and ready to help you with any of your camping needs.

KOA Campsites provide picnic tables and fire rings, so you can enjoy delicious campfire meals right outside your tent, RV or cabin. Our campsite is pet-friendly, so you and your four-legged companion can run, play and enjoy our KampK9® dog park. Some sites include cable TV, so you can catch up on your favorite shows or check the weather forecast while you camp. At KOA, you can enjoy a carefree, relaxing getaway with convenient amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Campground Recreation
If you are looking for family-friendly campgrounds near Rapid City, South Dakota, KOA offers campground recreation and planned activities for campers of all ages to enjoy. Take a dip in the swimming pool or sit back and relax in the hot tub between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend.

Enjoy a hot pancake breakfast every morning between May 1 and October 1. Once a week, you can enjoy an ice cream social or have a tasty, healthy treat at a watermelon feed. Roast some marshmallows at a s'mores party or enjoy a fun train ride around the campground.

Campers can also enjoy fun games such as horseshoes and life-size chess. Book transportation with Black Hills Tours and get picked up from the campground to see attractions such as Mount Rushmore, Iron Mountain Road and Needles Highway. At KOA, you can sign up for guided tours or rent a car to embark on your own excursions.

Local Area Attractions
There are plenty of fun things to do in Rapid City, South Dakota, and the surrounding area. Hike nearby hiking trails or bike around the city for a fun day in the sun. Fish for rainbow, brook and brown trout in peaceful mountain lakes. You can also practice your golfing skills at nearby golf courses, try geocaching or take your family out for a fun day full of laser tag, go-carts and paintball.

If you enjoy antique shopping, you can find great antique shops throughout the Rapid City area. Travel outside the city to find exciting attractions such as the Crazy Horse Mountain Memorial. Explore any of the five nearby state parks, and make sure to visit Custer State Park to explore South Dakota's largest and oldest state park. There are many places you can enjoy activities such as hiking, biking, bird watching, boating, swimming and fishing.

Book a Getaway at Rapid City/Black Hills KOA Holiday
Experience all that South Dakota has to offer at KOA. Whether you are planning a fun-filled family vacation, looking to visit Mount Rushmore or simply wanting to relax in the serenity of the Black Hills, KOA will provide a comfortable place to rest your head at night.

Enjoy campground activities and sit around a cozy campfire at night or explore South Dakota's top attractions. No matter what you do during your stay, KOA will provide the comfort and convenience to make for an incredible getaway. Book a stay at KOA with your hosts, Recreational Adventures Co. to begin your South Dakota adventure. Reserve your site online or call 800-562-8504 today!

Rapid City / Black Hills KOA Holiday

Open April 15 to October 15 More Details

Camping at Rapid City / Black Hills KOA Holiday

* The directions provided are estimated, please confirm directions to and from the KOA to your destination.

Rapid City / Black Hills KOA Holiday Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 80' Max Length
  • Cable TV
  • Pool (5/24 - 9/2)
  • Hot Tub / Sauna
  • Propane
  • Firewood
  • Pavilion
  • Tour Shuttle
  • KampK9®

Unique Amenities

Hours / Operation

Open April 15 to October 15

All Sites

Check-in: 1:00 pm, Check-out: 11:00 am


3010 East Highway 44
Rapid City, SD 57703
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