The unique and rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. These colorful canyons, ravines, gullies, buttes, and mesas provide a rich wonderland of things to see and do. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today. Hiking trips range from a quick quarter-mile jaunt to the 10-mile Castle Trail. But hiking isn’t the only draw. Camping is also wildly popular, with the lack of light pollution making the nighttime skies a wonder to behold.
If you want to camp within the park, Cedar Pass Lodge provides rustic cabins that belie a comfortable interior with pillowy mattresses on wooden framed beds, flat-screen TVs, mini refrigerators and freezers, and in-suite baths and showers. And each cabin also comes with hand-crafted pine deck chairs placed on the front deck, so you can sit and enjoy the spectacular views.