Badlands National Park Journals

Go West Young Man- And Did I Ever!

An August 1997 trip to Badlands National Park by ademir

Quote: This was truly a trip worth the "pain". The pain was traveling in a small car from Pittsburgh all the way to Mt. Rushmore.Once there, the trip was better than expected.

Go West Young Man- And Did I Ever!

Overview

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Saw a variety of wildlife, and most exciting was to view buffalo grazing. A sidetrip to the Wall, SD was a journey back in time. It was based on the old west. It was cool!Quick Tips: The biggest tip to portray would be to be more prepared with the surroundings as the different things to see outdo a vacation when not pre-planned. You may contact Badlands park in advance: Badlands National Park P.O.Box 6 Interior,S.D. 57750 phone:(605)433-5361 Fax(605)433-5404 or you may email them: badl@us-national-parks.netBest Way To Get Around: It is best to have visited with your own car and bigger than the small Geo Metro Convertible for which i had us...Read More

Cedar Pass Campground

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Hotel

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If you want an open year round campground while watching the stars, this is one of their two campgrounds. From April to September, there is water, flush toilets and tables. After these months, only chemical toilets and water are available. So, when traveling from the direction of East, bring some tree leaves as toilet paper. LOL. Just kidding! Laundry, service station and groceries are about 3 miles away. There are no shower facilities at all. No Kidding! The cost is $10.00 per night;with a 14 day limit, during regular season. The nearest town is Interior, S.D. You may reserve group camping by writing to the park in advance. A 10 person group is a minumum. Group Camp...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 29, 2000

Cedar Pass Campground

Badlands National Park, South Dakota
(605) 433-5361

Sage Creek Primitive Campgrounds

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Hotel

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Sage Creek Primitive Campgrounds is located 35 miles from the park entrance. There are pit toilets and tables. No fee is charged, 14 day maximum stay. The closest town is Wall, SD. RV camping is possible, dirt road leads to campgrounds, but the road is drivable. Access may be restricted in winter due to weather. Backcountry camping is permitted. No fee or permit is required, but providing information to a ranger and signing trailhead logs is recommended. Backpackers may camp anywhere in the park that is at least one-half mile from any road or trail and not visible from park roads. Because only the Castle Trail strays far from the main road, most backpackers set out cross-country on routes of th...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 29, 2000

Sage Creek Primitive Campgrounds

Badlands National Park, South Dakota
(605) 433-5404

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Room rates are between $39-$104, based on season of year. There is a restaurant adjacent to it. Coffee is available in the lobby. There's a heated outdoor pool, game room and free parking. Cold weather hook-ups. You will also find in-room coffee makers and free local phone calls and modem lines.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 30, 2000

Best Western Plains Motel
712 Glenn Street
Badlands National Park, South Dakota
(605) 279-2145

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Room rates are between $40-$85 based on season. They have free local phone calls, and it is within walking distance of the famous Wall Drugstore. The hotel is located about 7 miles from Badlands Park. The beds are all queen size with cable with Showtime. Free coffee provided in the morning.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2000

Wall-Days Inn
10th Avenue
Badlands National Park, South Dakota
(605) 279-2000

Econo Lodge Inn-Wall

Hotel | "Econo Lodge Inn- Wall"

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Room Rates here are between $59-$139 a night. They are located at the west entrance of the Badlands. Handicapped rooms/facilities, FAX, ice machine, iron, microwave, in-room movies, outdoor pool, truck parking, smoke detectors, Telephone, television with cable, TV remote control. The Inn is located close to the Wall Drug.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2000

Econo Lodge Inn-Wall
804 Glenn Street
Badlands National Park, South Dakota
(605) 279-2121

Wall, South Dakota

Attraction

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It is like traveling back in time to the 'Old West.' There are buildings surrounding this town that resemble the cowboys era. The concept of such a name is as weird as it gets. Although the journey was worthwhile even though the name of the town is odd. No trip to the Badlands is complete without a stop-over in Wall. The souvenirs are great too!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2000

Wall, South Dakota
The City of Wall
Badlands National Park, South Dakota

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This is the place of a lifetime! The four presidents' faces in granite are a site to see, especially, during the morning and afternoon sun. While you are there, check out their souvenir shop. The gift ideas are endless. Once you have seen Mt. Rushmore, you have seen it all.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2000

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
13000 Highway 244
Keystone, South Dakota 57751
(605) 574-3171

About the Writer

ademir

ademir
canonsburg, Pennsylvania