We finally arrived at the Badlands/White River KOA on Sunday afternoon after about a 300 mile trip from Sioux City. I’ve decided that 300 miles is about the limit to what I really want to drive in a day unless there is some really compelling reason to go further. In fact, I think my sweet spot is somewhere around 200 to 250. We had a nice stay in Sioux City although the KOA we stayed at was close to the highway and had somewhat of a sterile feel to it. The hosts and staff were friendly and accommodating and it was fine for a night or two.
On the other hand, this current KOA is a great destination campground nestled in a river valley right outside of the Badlands National Park. The sites are spacious with trees, but still some are satellite friendly. This campground is more than just a parking lot with hookups. It also has a lot including what I consider upscale cabins, a pool, bike rentals, a decent dog park, and plenty of tent camping. They even have a limited menu for breakfast and dinner at their “cook shack”. I tried the buffalo burger with cheese. It was good, but I couldn’t tell the difference from an all beef pattie. This is kind of a nice amenity as this is a secluded park and it is a pretty good drive to someplace to eat should you decide not to cook.
We don’t try to stay at KOA’s as I think that they are a little pricey, but they seem to always be at locations where we are planning to stop and many times are a better choice than many of the alternatives in the area. Here in the Badlands there isn’t much choice and our RV is sometimes too big for the national park, or it’s booked, or it has no hookups which we only like to do on occasion. I guess I’ve been spoiled!!
Today we plan to explore the area for an overview of what is here. We really don’t know what to expect. Everyone says that the park is best viewed early in the morning or late in the evening. Once we get the “lay of the land” we will decide how we will spend the next few days. We have been to the only town in the area which is Interior, SD. It has a population of 67 according to the sign as you enter town.
I’m not sure why such a small town needs a jail. Must still have some rough characters around as this is certainly country for the rugged individual. It’s quite a distance to any emergency services or even a decent grocery store. They do have two churches. Folks must come from miles around to support both of them.
We will travel to the Badlands National Park later, but now out to clean the humming bird sized bugs off the front of the coach.