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Sage Creek Campground

Sage Creek Road, South Dakota 57790 USA

Free
Free to Visit
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms

“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
Bailey Irene.

  • 28 Reviews
  • 1 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.

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Reviewed by
Chad

  • 13 Reviews
  • 1 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
Krista

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 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!!

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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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Reviewed by
savannah.cassen

  • 7 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
July 02, 2015

so ridiculously beautiful. we stayed here for one night in june 2015. Didn't see to many bison there (which we hoping wouldn't happen) but the guy who has camping next to us said that two times when he woke up that morning and looked outside his tent we say wildlife (once a long horn ram and the other time bison) directly behind our tent. The best part of the site though was the trail that was behind our site. we followed this to the top of a hill and got the most beautiful view ive ever seen. Plan on staying here again next year

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Reviewed by
tcart848

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
May 22, 2015
Rated 5.0

Stayed here for one night in June 2014. It was one of my favorite campgrounds of our entire trip. Absolutely gorgeous prairie, just watch out for bison chips! There were many bison wandering the campground, which was incredible. We could also hear the coyotes howling once the sun went down. Its primitive and down a gravel road, but it is very clean and it is what camping is supposed to be.

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Sage Creek Campground

Sage Creek Road
South Dakota
57790 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Private Parking
  • RV Parking
  • Free Parking
  • Yes Parking
  • Check-In
    • 3pm
  • Check-Out
    • 11am
  • No Pull Through
  • Limited Hookup
  • Tent Sites
  • No Dump Station
  • No Sewer Hookup
  • No Showers
  • No Laundry
  • No Paved Sites

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