That would be the campground I’ve been staying at while employed here in the Badlands. Like the Lodge, it’s owned by Forever Resorts, and this is where all the employee housing is for us out-of-state seasonal folks. But there are also tent and RV sites available for guests, so I thought it deserved a review.
Circle 10 is located about 3 miles out from the NE entrance to the park, just off of exit 131 on I90. It is close to the interstate and you will hear vehicles passing, but you’ll only see the ones entering and exiting because there is a bit of a hill in the way. There are no badlands views to be had here, but as a tradeoff there are trees, a rare commodity around these parts, and you can also have campfires and grill, open wood or charcoal flames are not allowed in the Park.
Tent sites are $20 a night, electric sites are $29, and full hookups are $31. Tent sites are located around the outside perimeter and are grassy. Some of them have a sort of wooden awning that a tent can be put up under, very handy for the strong thunderstorms that seem to pop up here so regularly.
RV sites are gravel, mostly level, and don’t have a lot of space between them, but with the exception of 4th of July weekend the place never filled up, so you can usually count on having at least one space between you and your neighbor. About ¾ of the RV sites are pull-through, there are a few back ins on one end of the campground (and those ones have more separation between sites). There is a dump and water-fill up station near the entrance for those who go with just electric sites.
On site is a lobby and store where camping essentials, food, drinks, and Badlands souvenirs can be purchased. Right across the road is a gas station that also has a bit of a store. There is one centrally located restroom/shower complex, which is older but cleaned regularly and was repainted this year. A laundry facility with 2 washers and dryers – the dryers take quarters but washing is free, just bring your own detergent (or buy it in the store). There’s also a pool that gets up to 8 feet deep, but right now it’s too dirty to swim in.
Local attractions besides the Badlands include the Minuteman Missile site, also right across the road. Just a mile or so down is a prairie dog town where you can feed the prairie dogs and buy souvenirs, just beyond that is the Historic Homestead site, a dugout dwelling in the side of a hill from the time of the early settlers.
All in all, Circle 10 gets a thumbs up. It’s quiet, cared for (well, except for the pool), conveniently located, and is nestled in a nice prairie setting. But I will say, if you have the chance to stay at Cedar Pass Campground located within the actual park, take that option for the badlands views, unless not having shade or a campfire is a deal breaker to you.
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A few times now people have asked for a way to donate to IO, because they wanted to say thanks but didn’t do much online shopping. Well, with a bit of help from a more web-savvy individual than I (thanks Emily!), it has finally arrived. The shiny new Donate button may be found in my side bar paired with my affiliate link for Amazon. It uses Paypal, but you don’t need a Paypal account to donate, just a credit card.
And speaking of Amazon, in an e-mail response to the last post I made about money earned at the Lodge, I was asked by a reader how much I’ve made on my Amazon links, and I thought that was worth sharing here. Since I put them up in February, I’ve earned a total of $44.38 (not all of it has been paid to me yet, gotta meet a monthly threshold). That’s already 22% of the cost of the catalytic heater I want to buy for Cas so I can go boondocking!
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