Incredible silence, the smell of sagebrush in the air, and buffalo herds that mingle around the campground, make Sage Creek Campground worth the work to enjoy. It’s primitive in every sense of the word, with no electricity, no water, and pit toilets. It’s perfect for tents and small campers. You’ll find the nearest amenities more than an hour away in Wall, SD, so be sure to stock up before heading out. Once you’re here though, you’ll never want to leave. The expansive sky stretches on forever and you’ll feel like this place was meant for only you, the twinkling stars, the busy prairie dogs, and the grazing bison. Take it from us, it’s a slice of heaven in a too-crowded world.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
100 sites
Up to guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Wildlife watching


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Hipcamper Jamee
Jamee P.
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September 17th, 2015

Here in September, and what a phenomenal place. We had Bison grazing right next to our teardrop trailer. It was a very hot day, but cool at night. Despite it being midweek the campground filled up by evening. Recommend getting there before 2:00 pm. All the othe campers were super nice. It was like a unique community. Camping was free. Very nice vault toilets but bring in water. No campfires. The bison trails make for good hiking, but don't get lost.

Met him on the path
Hipcamper Tim and Kate
Tim And Kate G.
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June 20th, 2017

visited in early june. be sure you bring a tarp with you! there are sun shelters but that hot hot sun can peek through still. wrap the tarp over the back and will also help with the 40 mph winds that come barreling in. bison graze super close by dont wont bother you if you dont bother them.

Hipcamper Katelyn
Katelyn C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 17th, 2017

Drove into this primitive campground after adventuring around the incredible town of Wall, South Dakota (Wall Drug and its jackalopes are a must see if you feel like being tacky and touristy!) We arrived late at night, but still found plenty of room to pitch a tent. The quietness of our neighbors added an air of respect for each other and the wilderness we were surrounded by. We were delighted to hear howling coyotes in the middle of the night and to be woken up by a dazzling sunrise. A curious bison wandered close and chirps from the prairie dogs who set up camp a couple feet away served as an adorable alarm clock! Free camping will always get a 10/10 in my book.

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Evanne G.
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September 18th, 2017

Hard to find at night... book and arrive early!

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Oxana V.
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January 29th, 2018

It was a great stop during our Route 66 trip.

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Hipcamper Gina
Gina S.
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November 17th, 2018

Primitive campground on the backside of the park, so you must drive an hr to get to the trails

Climbing up the trail Interesting shaped peaksNatures playground Colored sandsscapes
Hipcamper Kaylee
Kaylee K.
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December 9th, 2018

Make sure you bring plenty of water and watch out for rattlesnakes!

Hipcamper Corey
Corey H.
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January 7th, 2019

Great if you are okay with primitive camping. The sunrise is absolutely awesome to watch from the hill on the west side of the site, it comes right up over the Badlands. Nothing quite like it.

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Badlands National Park
South Dakota
United States
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43.894° N, 102.414° W
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