Video: RVs in Badlands National Park

By Chuck Woodbury
I spent a day recently in South Dakota’s magnificent Badlands National Park. I stopped often, and when an RV passed, I took some video of it passing by. Here’s a very short compilation of what I saw.

Anyone traveling I-90 east or west can easily loop through the park. A leisurely drive will add about 90 minutes to the trip. From what I could see, even long motorhomes or fifth wheels/trucks can pass through with no problem. If the park is crowded, however, long rigs may have trouble pulling off to visit the crowded overlooks (of which there are plenty).

It’s a beautiful park especially when the late afternoon sun and its shadows bring out the richness of the landscape. The campground is cramped, but it’s far from civilization so I bet the night sky is magnificent. Some sites have 50-amp hookups.

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5 Thoughts to “Video: RVs in Badlands National Park”

  1. Wes Gibson

    Chuck…I missed you by one day. We met at the RVillage Rally after your writing lecture. Was staying in the Badlands for two weeks prior to your arrival doing some photography and shooting some video for an upcoming reality show. I left the morning of the 28th.

    I noticed a drone in some of your videos clips. I’m assuming that was yours or someone from your team?

  2. Moaboy

    Cool video Chuck! Please do this more often.

  3. John Rettie

    We drove through there on August 2nd in my salvaged 2016 ex-Cruise America 25 ft RV I purchased at auction and rebuilt last year. Apart from front end alignment and two blown tires it’s given us over 21,000 miles of trouble-free RVing in the past 15 months. It turned out to be an excellent deal.

  4. J Cherry

    That was a nice little video. Thank you for that.

  5. Bob Godfrey

    We stopped in the Badlands NP a few years ago and spent a few days there. It’s a magnificent park and after speaking with a park ranger we learned that the average time spent in this park is 45 minutes! Since we spent a few days there we can attest to it’s beauty, there is much to see and plenty of wildlife to watch also. We parked our car in a remote part of the park and sat quietly for at least a hour very close to a herd of bison and simply enjoyed watching them. Sunrises and sunsets were spectacular. Spend more time there if you go.

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