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Sage Creek Campground

Sage Creek Road, South Dakota 57790 USA

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  • Independent
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  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
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“free camping with the bison”

Bison often wander through this primitive campground, located on the west side of the park's North Unit, near the Badlands Wilderness Area. Access is located off of the Sage Creek Rim Road, an unpaved road that may temporarily close after winter storms and spring rains. The road provides limited turnarounds for large recreational vehicles. Camping is free of charge. Pit toilets and covered picnic tables are available, but no water is available on-site. Sites at the Sage Creek Campground are available on a first-come, first-served basis and rarely fill to capacity. A portion of the Sage Creek Campground is designated for horse use.

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Reviewed by
Chad

  • 13 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 18, 2016
Rated 5.0

Best campground ever! Free, extremely off the beaten path. Nice sunrise, great people.

Bring plenty of water and don't forget the sunset at middle up, 200ft mile hike.

Met so many great friends here just by helping set up tents. Bring your own toilet paper, trust me.

Cheers, Rigs

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Reviewed by
Chookie76

  • 4 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 07, 2018
Rated 5.0

Just beautiful. It was a long bumpy road to the camp ground but so worth it. Get there at a decent time and roam around the site. Amazing views all around! You hear the animals at dusk which is awesome and the stars are completely unreal at night. Have binoculars because bison and big horn sheep may come into sight during your stay

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
TaraSchaafsma

  • 3 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
May 04, 2018
Rated 5.0

Stayed here twice. Bison go right through campground at night. Great hills to climb to see them roaming around. Second time though the wind was so hard our tent poles broke. Still recommend it. Take in your own water.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Bailey Irene.

  • 28 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
August 28, 2016

The pit toilets are not gross. Make the trip down the gravel roads. We saw dancing spiders, bison, prairie dogs, mountain goats, and heard lots of noises.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Krista

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 23, 2016

We stayed in July 2016. Awesome campground! Get there early if you want a good spot, it fills up VERY fast and there are only a few picnic tables available. Definitely worth the drive! We didn't see any bison, but we did see a big horn sheep and tons of prairie dogs! Also, coyotes howl as soon as the sun goes down. Beautiful sunrise. We will definitely return next time we're in SD!!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
gridman

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
July 05, 2020
Rated 5.0

Great campsite. Beautiful, free and full of wild life. I highly recommend.

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Reviewed by
Sam

  • 16 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
September 19, 2019
Rated 5.0

We didn't stay here but I could tell it was beautiful. By the time we got there it was raining so bad that we were soaked in minutes. The ground hadn't absorbed any of the rain yet so we couldn't set up our tent. Any chance of rain? I wouldn't stay here unless I had a camper. No chance of rain? I can't wait to try it again! Had we beaten the rain, it would have been fine. Even though I didn't stay over night, still giving a 5 star review. Mother Nature can't chance my mind. You can't beat free with a beautiful drive there and Bison roaming around nearby!

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Reviewed by
thjo0503

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
May 28, 2016
Rated 5.0

Amazing campground. Camping with bison was an awesome experience!

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Reviewed by
ShilohFilhartStoltz

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
September 13, 2015
Rated 5.0

This is a wonderful place to stay with my family .

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Reviewed by
JRSummey

  • 10 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 31, 2015
Rated 5.0

my favorite place to camp in SD

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Sage Creek Campground

Sage Creek Road
South Dakota
57790 USA

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  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Affiliation
National park
Max Stay
14
  • Swimming Pool
  • Full Hookup
  • Rec Facilities
  • Tent Sites
  • Big Rigs
  • Dump Station
  • Equestrian Facilities
  • Laundry
  • Sewer Hookup
  • Showers
  • Standard Tent Sites
  • Water Hookup
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