Cedar Pass Lodge (Badlands NP)

Cedar Pass Lodge, South Dakota

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About Cedar Pass Lodge (Badlands NP)

Welcome to Cedar Pass Lodge!

We are excited to have all NEW cabins available for our guests staying in the Badlands. The new cabins are eco-friendly and were built to Gold Level LEED standards in Rapid City, South Dakota keeping local craftsmen working through the winters of 2012 and 2013. The final cabins were placed on site in the Park late in the fall of 2013.

The cabin exteriors were designed to resemble the original cabins built in 1928 at Cedar Pass, using repurposed and energy saving efficiencies. The interiors are lined with fallen beetle kill pine from the Black Hills of South Dakota. The blue streaking you see in the wood is a trait left from the natural defense of the pine tree. We think its distinctive and makes each cabin truly one of a kind. Outfitted with custom-made, regionally handcrafted lodgepole pine furniture from Lonepine Lodgepole, a family owned Montana company, each cabin emits the comforts of American craftsmanship. Not forgetting the creature comforts mixed with environmental concerns the cabins have an ensuite private bath and shower with on demand hot water heater, low flow devices and compact fluorescent lighting. A delightful surprise to our guests are the large, handcrafted pine deck chairs placed on the decks to enjoy the spectacular views of the Badlands. The cabins are furnished with lodgepole pine Queen beds or a King bed and a Queen daybed.

The new cabins include:

  • ADA Accessible Cabins
    • 2 Queens w/ Queen Futon Sofa ADA (single), Max. occ. 6
    • Duplex King ADA, Max. occ. 2
    • King ADA (single), Max. occ. 2
  • 50" Flat Screen TV with Satellite Reception
  • Energy Star - Mini Refrigerator and Freezer
  • Energy Star - Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Ceiling Fan and Lakota Lamp
  • Air Conditioning and Heat ultra quiet for your comfort

Imagine viewing a land where sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires are blended with the largest, protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. This extraordinary region is the Badlands, located in southwestern South Dakota, just 70 miles east of Rapid City.

The best of these savagely beautiful badlands comprise the Badlands National Park, a unique region so ruthlessly ravaged by wind and water that has become a scenic wonderland. Most of the park is bordered by Buffalo Gap National Grassland, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and private lands, primarily ranches and farms. The entire park is comprised of 242,756 acres, 64,144 acres of which have been designated as Wilderness. The South Unit, which includes the Palmer Creek Unit, consists of 133,300 acres.

This particular area is also home to the Oglala Lakota Sioux. Today the Great Sioux Reservation, Pine Ridge, consists of 3,468.86 sq mi of land area and is the eighth-largest reservation in the United States, larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined. This vast region was once home to the mysterious and little-studied paleo-Indians who are thought to be some of the first inhabitants of the Badlands region.

The Badlands have the most significant mixed-grass prairie, the best known Oligocene fossil resources in the world, and the area is filled with remnants of sea and turtle shells, leading proof this area was once under water.

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