Badlands Ranch and Resort Campground, Interior, South Dakota
by The Perkins
(RV Travel with Kids)
Road going to Badlands Ranch and Resort Campground, Interior South Dakota
We stayed at the Badlands Ranch and Resort RV park in the town of Interior, SD, overnight on a quick side-trip to the Badlands National Park. You must cross through the national park (and pay $15/week per vehicle) to reasonably access the park from Interstate 90.
Don't expect grand views here! Although the park is situated with a clear view to the Badlands, it is covered with trees that block the view. With the extreme temperatures of the summer months, however, its probably a good thing to have that much shade.
The woman at the office was super friendly and outgoing. (Seriously, one of the most friendly office people we've met!) When she saw us heading down the dirt road towards the park, she turned around from her daily errands in town to greet us and get us settled.
The RV portion of the park is quite small. Cozy even. The big disappointment was the bathroom situation. The women's room was out of order, so we went to use the men's room. There were two stalls, one of which was out of order, and the other had no door, but a shower curtain that was cut in half that left a four inch gap on either side. Luckily, we used the restroom in pairs, with one person standing as the look-out! The shower did not look appealing, so we went smelly to the next campground. (Ok, we weren't smelly, but we do like to shower everyday if possible)
If you're planning on doing the Badlands on a budget, and don't need to use the park's restroom facilities, this is a reasonably priced little campsite that takes Passport America
(for one night, but its pretty reasonable without the discount). If you need the facilities you might be better off staying at the KOA down the street. Badlands Ranch and Resort Campground, Interior South Dakota