Badlands Overlook – Boondocking On The Edge of a Cliff

One of my boondocking bucket list destinations was the Steer Pasture Overlook or Badlands Overlook bordering Badlands National Park near Wall, South Dakota.

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Steer Pasture Overlook

I’m delighted to say, I spend one night there before the weather drove me to seek a safer location. I arrived late Monday afternoon. There were probably 25 to 30 other rigs already scattered along the overlook but I was able to find a big, level spot to set up camp. The weather forecast for Wednesday in this location was for 35 to 45 mph winds with gusts to 60 mph.

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Call me crazy but I felt like it would have been ill-advised to be parked on the edge of a cliff during those winds. We enjoyed it while we could and then hit the road in the morning. It was really beautiful and I’d love to camp there again in the spring when the grass is green.

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The sunset was fantastic with all shades of pink and red.

While you’re in the area, check out the famous Wall Drug in the town of Wall, South Dakota. It’s a fun stop for some leg stretching, souvenir shopping, and a good meal. Check out the “homemade” donuts. They allow dry camping in one of their parking lots as well.

The next morning we were off to our next destination.

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