Cedar Pass Lodge | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

Cedar Pass Lodge

  • Cedar Pass Lodge
    Cedar Pass Lodge
  • Cedar Pass Lodge
    Cedar Pass Lodge
  • Cedar Pass Lodge
    Cedar Pass Lodge
  • Cedar Pass Lodge
    Cedar Pass Lodge
  • Cedar Pass Lodge
    Cedar Pass Lodge
  • Cedar Pass Lodge
    Cedar Pass Lodge
Find Us: 
20681 SD Hwy 240
Interior, SD 57750
Call: 
(605) 433-5460

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 underwater.

Directions: 

Driving Directions

From Sioux Falls:
Travel west on I-90 to exit 131. Turn south onto Hwy 240, the Badlands Loop Road and enter Badlands National Park at the Northeast entrance. Travel 8 miles to Cedar Pass Lodge.

From Rapid City: Travel east on I-90 to exit 110 or exit 131.

  • From exit 110, turn south onto Hwy 240, the Badlands Loop Road and enter Badlands National Park at the Pinnacles entrance. Travel 30 miles to Cedar Pass Lodge.
  • From exit 131, turn south onto Hwy 240, the Badlands Loop Road and enter Badlands National Park at the Northeast entrance. Travel 8 miles to Cedar Pass Lodge.

 

From Rapid City, SD on Scenic Highway 44:
Travel southeast on Hwy 44 to the town of Interior and continue northeast on Hwy 377 two miles. Cedar Pass Lodge is located one mile further northeast of the Interior entrance station. At the stop sign, turn right. The Lodge is on the right side of the Loop road (Hwy 240), just southwest of the Ben Reifel Visitor Center.

Cedar Pass Lodge is on the east side of Hwy 377, just past the Ben Reifel park visitor center.
Badlands Inn is on the east side of Hwy 377, one-and-a-half miles from Cedar Pass Lodge and the Ben Reifel park visitor center.

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