Camp at Sage Creek Campground

Added by Alex Thompson

Free NPS campsite off of Sage Creek Road. Becomes a community of outdoor enthusiasts at night with buffalo roaming nearby.

There are no designated sites in this first come-first serve campground managed by NPS. There are pit toilets available for campers and covered picnic tables. A nearby creek makes for a nice walk. Buffalo roam on the other side of the creek and have been known to enter the middle of the campground from time to time. When we stayed here in July, a massive thunderstorm came through during the night and the strong winds made for a sleepless night. Not for the faint-hearted! But totally worth it for those who want to get away from the crowds of Badlands and enjoy a backcountry feel.  

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almost 2 years ago

Great Free Campground!

We stayed here in the Spring, it was really nice the campground was free! One thing to watch out for is, when it rains. When it rains the ground turns into a sticky clay gumbo that makes a mess of everything! from just walking around our campsite we would grow a couple of inches from all the mud gathering on our boots! But don't let that scare you off! It is a fantastic place to camp and a good home base to enjoy the Badlands!

Favorite Campground

I’ve been to this campground twice. The second time I drove 50 miles out of the way just to get back to it. It’s way out there in the middle of nowhere, which I think is great. Buffalo roam the area and will likely be strolling by your car/tents in the middle of the night, so be prepared for that. I liked the ability to just start walking on a backcountry hike. Not hard to get lost if you use the river or ridge line for reference. Overall a very beautiful area, and well worth the off rode drive to get there.

Camping with the Buffalo and Prarie Dogs

Fantastic experience, amazing opportunity to explore South Dakota natural living!

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