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RV camp near Badlands National Park’s entrance and gain more immediate access to the raw beauty and endless adventures. The Badlands Motel and Campground, sometimes called Badlands Interior Campground, has gorgeous views of mesas and buttes that line the southern edge of the national park. This RV campground is designed to accommodate a wide range of RVs and trailers. The oversized sites can fit rigs up to 100 feet long, and guests have a choice between back-in or pull-out sites. Full hookups are available, though should a camper prefer it, they can opt for partial hookups or primitive. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. Roast s’mores over a campfire or grill some freshly-caught fish for supper.
RV camping at Badland Motel and Campground comes with a number of amenities like free WiFi, restrooms with showers, and an above-ground pool that’s perfect for cooling off on a hot day. Dogs are allowed, though they must be leashed.
The closest town is Interior, SD, which is about half a mile to the south. There are a couple of medical clinics with emergency services in nearby towns. From Interior, the closest clinic is Wanblee, SD, about 30 miles to the southeast. Find the perfect RV rental when you book an RV in Jackson County, and then launch an outdoor adventure of a lifetime.
The Badlands National Park looms large to the north. The rugged, unique landscape draws adventurers from around the world. Encompassing around 244,000 acres, there are several miles of hiking trails that lead to unique geological features that are not seen anywhere else in the world. Because this region is arid, it’s highly advised that hikers are well-prepared for extreme weather. Freshwater is rarely found. Bare of trees, the sun is harsh and merciless. Hikers should bring plenty of water, sunglasses, hats, and use sunscreen generously.
In an arid desert region, wildlife can seem few and far in between. It helps to know where to look, though. Many small-game mammals like prairie dogs and rabbits dig burrows where they hide from the daytime heat. Larger critters like bobcats and bighorn sheep prefer the shelter of rocky outcroppings. Bison roam the open, flat prairie region of the Badlands. Wherever there is fresh grass, that’s the most likely spot to find bison. Photographers and nature lovers will enjoy observing the animals in their natural habitat.
A few thousand years ago, there were many more animals in this part of the United States. The Badlands has one of the richest fossil sites in the world. Remains of the three-toed horse, saber-toothed cat, and rhinoceros have been found in this region, and paleontologists suspect there are many more discoveries yet to be made. All visitors should leave any fossil finds where they found it and report it.
Though bicycles are not permitted on the trails, they are welcomed on gravel paths and paved roads. The scenic roads have hairpin turns, which can be both thrilling and challenging, particularly on a downhill stretch. One route passes through a region that’s frequently populated by bison. If a biker encounters a bison, they should avoid it the best they can, and if possible, use a car as a cover.
After a few days surrounded by rugged beauty, it’s often necessary to tear oneself away and return to civilization. There are many attractions in the small towns dotting rural South Dakota, all with different attractions and features. Traveling from town to town is painless in a rental motorhome. Wall Drug claims to be one of the best-known tourist attractions in the world. Based in the city of Wall, the store sells memorabilia and souvenirs, oil paintings, medication, and freshly-made donuts.
Learn about the Cold War, the arms race, and how the United States teetered on the verge of a missile war with Russia at the Minuteman Missile Museum in Philip, SD. The stately, austere building, which has roots in the Cold War-era architecture, houses the former site of one of the missile silos intended to fend off an airborne attack. The exhibits have a variety of documents, maps, and interactive displays for visitors to examine.
On the fringes of the town of Philip is a Prairie Homestead. The sod house, built-in 1909, is one of the few original sod houses still standing today. This style was frequently used by pioneers and settlers during the late 1800s because wood at the time was a scarce resource in the prairie region. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the sod house is open to visitors.
Load up the family and set off in your perfect RV camping adventure and enjoy the wide-open prairie where the vast, endless blue sky stretches from horizon to horizon