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Old 09-27-2020, 09:21 PM   #1
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Boondocking in The Badlands S.D.

On our way home to Minnesota from Wyoming I want to stop at Crazy Horse and Mt Rushmore. Spend a few hours in the Black Hills area. We should arrive around 8am and probably be on our way to the Badlands by 1pm. Boondock 1 overnight then head home.
I know there are spots to pull off the road and park an RV that may be off the main road. I've seen a few youtube videos but never disclose location exactly. I don't blame them they are some breathtaking views on some of these roads. I try to find a spot on Google maps using satellite view but can't seem to see any spots.
It would be really cool to camp up on a high area overlooking one of the greatest views on earth IMO.
Please let me know if you have any info you like to share. Thanks everyone.
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there is a no-hookup campground next to the NP visitor center.
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Get off 90 at Wall. Go south instead of into Wall. Drive about 6 miles - watch for some big microwave antennas on your left. You'll see, at that point, lots of RV's along the left skyline. That's where you're aiming. Right at the two biggest antennas to the left, you'll see a small dirt road heading towards those RV's. You'll cross a cattleguard getting onto it. Follow that road. Maybe 100 spots of varying levelness along the edge of that rim. You can take those pics from your breakfast table from most of those spots.


(ETA: If it's a nice day, and especially if it's a nice weekend day, it may be crowded. But there's always room. The rim road goes for almost two miles along the edge, and then loops back out to the main road.)


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Get off 90 at Wall. Go south instead of into Wall. Drive about 6 miles - watch for some big microwave antennas on your left. You'll see, at that point, lots of RV's along the left skyline. That's where you're aiming. Right at the two biggest antennas to the left, you'll see a small dirt road heading towards those RV's. You'll cross a cattleguard getting onto it. Follow that road. Maybe 100 spots of varying levelness along the edge of that rim. You can take those pics from your breakfast table from most of those spots.


(ETA: If it's a nice day, and especially if it's a nice weekend day, it may be crowded. But there's always room. The rim road goes for almost two miles along the edge, and then loops back out to the main road.)


Just outside the entrance gate to the park. 6.3 miles from the cemetery entrance to the turn off to the towers.

https://www.google.com/maps/@43.8955...!3m1!1e3?hl=en

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Had to add one more thing:


If it has been raining for a day or more right before you get there, I'd skip it and just continue on. The road gets a little sketchy when it's muddy, unless you're sure of your rig's footing.
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Had to add one more thing:


If it has been raining for a day or more right before you get there, I'd skip it and just continue on. The road gets a little sketchy when it's muddy, unless you're sure of your rig's footing.
Looking at the forecast, it looks bone dry for the next 10 days.
I hear though you I don't need to get stuck. My tow rig is a 2018 Silverado 5.3 4x4 . New tires. So it's capable of a beat up gravel road.
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That's what I'm talking about
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Thanks for the directions.
It's pretty cool. They have the south road blocked off so everyone is right by the towers. Probably 30-40 rigs up here. Here's the view from my door right before sundown looking east.
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Every time I head west or SW, I stop there for 3-8 days. It's my natural jumping-off spot from MN. And Wall has everything I might need - gas, water, tank dump, propane, groceries, and funny stuffed jackalopes.

But I've never seen the road closed off. Could you tell why they did that?
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No idea . They have three sign posts says no motor vehicles beyond this point.
Too bad because that's where we wanted to go.
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No idea . They have three sign posts says no motor vehicles beyond this point.
Too bad because that's where we wanted to go.
next time you're out would you please ask at the entrance station or at the visitor center for us?
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next time you're out would you please ask at the entrance station or at the visitor center for us?
The National Park does not control that area. All of highway 240 from Wall to the Park entrance, beginning about 2,000 ft south of the interstate, is part of the Buffalo Gap National Grassland, and is under the administration of the National Forest Service. They have a National Grassland Visitor Center in Wall at 708 Main Street. (note that this is part of the NEBRASKA National Grasslands, oddly). Their phone is 605-279-2125

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nebr...a/?recid=10639

Edit: from the interstate south for about 4 miles is inside the grasslands boundry, but is private lands on either side with some exception. From about the 4 mile point to the park boundary, the land on the EAST side of 240 is grassland property in an area described on the map as Bloom Basin. It is part of the Badlands, just outside the park boundries and extends north almost to the interstate.

The road to the towers is 7170 and the road that runs the edge of the Badlands outside of the park is 7158. From the east bound entrance/exit ramps on the south side of I-90, if you go 4.6 miles, on the left is a road that turns off thru the fence. This is the north end of grassland road 7158 and goes over to the edge of the drop off and then meanders along the edge south to the towers. This north turn off is identified on Google Maps as "Badlands Boondocking Area"

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ba...!5m1!1e4?hl=en

Here is the link to the Grasslands page with the map, which you can blow up enough to make things out.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/f...cid=FSE_003741

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