Cedar Pass Lodge: We're all in this together!

2021 Reservations Are Now Open!

Due to the COVID-19 Situation we have made changes to our operations to protect the health and safety of our employees and guests in accordance with CDC guidelines.
At this time, we have made the following changes to our normal operations:

  • Cedar Pass Campground is open with a reduced number of sites available to ensure proper social distancing. Additionally, we have increased cleaning and sanitizing procedures to exceed all current CDC guidance in both our restrooms and showers. Please understand we may need to change your original site selection to ensure proper social distancing in the campground. 
  • ​Cedar Pass Lodge Gift Shop and Restaurant are closed until further notice.
  • To-Go & Delivery food options will be available to our cabin and campsite guests beginning April 25th.

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.

The Cedar Pass Lodge is a great place to catch the moon

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The Beauty of South Dakota.

Enjoy these beautiful aerial views of South Dakota's diverse landscapes and wonderful places.

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