Since 1928, Cedar Pass Lodge has been providing a place for Badlands travelers to lay their weary heads. Located in a valley surrounded by dramatic views of spectacular scenery, the lodge is a single-story structure housing a gift shop and restaurant. Directly behind the building are 27 cabins in two rows (11 are new; the rest are in the process of being replaced) and a campground populated with tent and RV sites.
The new cabins ($137 a night) are cozy bases from which to explore the park, and front porches furnished with comfortable knotty pine armchairs are perfect spots to watch the shifting light. The interiors, also heavy on the knotty pine, include large windows that let in lots of bright Dakota sunshine. This isn’t luxury lodging, but after a full day of hiking and exploring, the cabins and lodge are welcome accommodations.
The gift shop contains Western-theme items, as well as Native American pottery, jewelry and crafts. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the casual restaurant is the only place to eat within the park. Besides basic sandwiches, wraps and soups, diners can get a more authentic taste of the region with Badlands specialties like bison burgers, Sioux Indian tacos and fry bread.