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Camping with prairie dogs in South Dakota!

It is very possible that you will see prairie dogs when you are camping in Badlands National Park… if you go camping at a certain campground!

I would say you basically have a 100% chance of seeing prairie dogs, but it’s still wild nature, so things can change.

But the reason you have a 99.99% chance of seeing prairie dogs is because one of the Badlands National Park campgrounds is an actual prairie dog town!

Like, most of the campground is an actual prairie dog town.

 

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There are 2 campgrounds in Badlands National Park.

If you want a chance to see prairie dogs while camping, then the Badlands National Park campground that you want to go camping at is the Sage Creek Campground.

This is the campground that’s in a more remote area of Badlands National Park, and it’s further away from the best things to do in Badlands National Park.

But if staying in a more remote area of a national park sounds like your idea of good camping (and camping with prairie dogs is your idea of good camping!), then you just might love Sage Creek Campground!

Oh, and if free camping is your idea of good camping, you might love it too. As of 2021, Sage Creek Campground is a free campground in Badlands National Park. (Check current fees.)

 

 

The dangers of a prairie dog campground in Badlands National Park!

Prairie dogs in general are not seen as dangerous animals in Badlands National Park.

In fact, they are generally afraid of people. (Although, because there were prairie dog researchers at this particular Badlands National Park campground interacting with the prairie dogs in a hands-on way, the prairie dogs may be a little more used to people.)

But prairie dogs in general will go into hiding if they see people.

And with prairie dogs being wildlife, it’s best to keep them wild!

Most importantly, this means don’t feed the prairie dogs!

So you generally do not need to worry about prairie dogs attacking you or anything like that.

But the dangers of a prairie dog campground is all the prairie dog holes that are located throughout the campground!

All the mounds of dirt you see around the campground are prairie dog holes.

When you see prairie dogs, it will most likely be when they are sticking their heads up from the hole.

Be sure to watch your step so that you don’t step into the hole! It’s an easy way to twist your ankle!

 

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More below about my experience of seeing prairie dogs at a Badlands National Park campground!

 

 

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Prairie dogs at a Badlands National Park campground: Sage Creek Campground prairie dogs

PHOTOS!

As long as it’s still an active prairie dog town, then you are pretty much guaranteed to see prairie dogs, and you will see a lot of them!

It is FUN!

Once again, just observe them!

 

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And that’s a bit about where to see prairie dogs in Badlands National Park while camping!

 

And, prairie dogs aren’t the only wildlife you might see at Sage Creek Campground! You have a chance to see buffalo while camping in Badlands National Park too!

 

If you’re interested in Sage Creek campground, you may also be interested in these South Dakota activities:

 

HAPPY SEEING PRAIRIE DOGS WHILE CAMPING IN BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK!

 

 

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