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

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Badlands Loop Road

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Badlands Wall

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Ben Reifel Visitor Center

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Fossil Preparation Lab

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Hiking Trails

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Pinnacles Overlook

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Roberts Prairie Dog Town

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White River Visitor Center

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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:
Armageddon
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



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.
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Badlands / White River KOA

20720 SD Highway 44, Interior, South Dakota

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

Welcome to the Oasis of the Badlands! We are opening on time this season. New WiFi: get password from campground store.

Covid Virus information:

  • If you prefer "curbside check in", call us on the phone 605-433-5337 from Interior or from the driveway. (Coverage isn't so good here, so we suggest you do this in Interior. We will get your name, and rig description, and Guest services will give you a packet, and lead you to your site when you arrive at the campground.
  • The store is presently open to guests. We have all the usual amenities, including RV supplies, groceries and gifts. Please use hand saintizer in the store before touching merchandise.
  • The cookshack is not open, due to staffing pressure from coronavirus.
  • We request guests use facilities in their RVs, if available to minimize traffic on the bath houses, Thank you for your consideration.
  • Our swimming pool is not open at this time. We are awaiting proper procedure notification before we will open it.

This remote and beautiful KOA is just 4 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'll 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.

If you need to cancel, please call the campground directly. 605-433-5337. We need at least 48 hours notice to issue you a refund, additional time as noted here: RVs/tent sites 48 hours during regular season, 72 hours for holiday periods and the Sturgis Rally. 1 week for accommodation refund during regular season, 2 weeks for holiday periods and the Sturgis Rally. Email notification is not acceptable, you must call the campground. There is a $10 cancellation fee for any cancelled reservations. 
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Max pull thru: 120 feet. Your hosts: Bob & Karen Brown.-

Badlands / White River KOA

Open May 1 - Oct 11 More Details

Camping at Badlands / White River KOA

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

Badlands / White River KOA Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 120' Max Length
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV
  • Pool (5/24 - 9/8)
  • Snack Bar
  • Propane
  • Mini Golf
  • Firewood
  • Pavilion
  • Bike Rentals
  • Dog Park

Hours / Operation

Open May 1 - October 11

All Sites

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

Contact

Reserve: 800-562-3897
20720 SD Highway 44
Interior, SD 57750
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Rapid City / Black Hills KOA

3010 East Highway 44, Rapid City, South Dakota

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

With easy access from I-90, this KOA is in Rapid City, the gateway community to the Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park and Deadwood are within an hour's drive. Campers enjoy the convenience of heading into the Black Hills to see the sights while staying here as their destination or as a stop on the way to Yellowstone National Park. Relax in a Camping Cabin, Deluxe Cabin or big-rig Pull-Thru RV Site. Enjoy amenities and activities such as s'mores parties and watermelon feeds (in season). Fill up on all-you-can-eat pancakes before heading to the hills to bike, hike or sightsee. At KOA, sign up for a guided tour or rent a car. You're close to five national parks! Have fun in the large heated pool and hot tub. Two playgrounds and a giant checkers/chess set provide plenty of family fun. Fido will love the Kamp K9 dog park. Pool: Memorial Weekend - Labor Day Weekend. Max pull thru: 100 feet. Your hosts: Recreational Adventures Co.

Rapid City / Black Hills KOA

Open Apr 15 - Oct 15 More Details

Camping at Rapid City / Black Hills KOA

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

Rapid City / Black Hills KOA Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 80' Max Length
  • Cable TV
  • Propane
  • Firewood
  • Pavilion
  • Tour Shuttle
  • Dog Park

Unique Amenities

Hours / Operation

Open April 15 - October 15

All Sites

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

Contact

Reserve: 800-562-8504
3010 East Highway 44
Rapid City, SD 57703
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