Welcome

Cedar Pass Lodge in Badlands National Park has been a destination for travelers since the early 1930’s – and today is no different. The Park offers amazing sunsets, breathtaking rock formations, and endless exploration opportunities. We offer positions in the hospitality industry and the opportunity to work with people from all over the world.

We’ve recently made some changes to our application process. If you are willing to accept any available seasonal position you will only need to apply to Any Seasonal Position in the list of open positions. If you are only interested in specific positions, please apply directly to each position you are interested in.

Welcome

Cedar Pass Lodge in Badlands National Park has been a destination for travelers since the early 1930’s – and today is no different. The Park offers amazing sunsets, breathtaking rock formations, and endless exploration opportunities. We offer positions in the hospitality industry and the opportunity to work with people from all over the world.

We’ve recently made some changes to our application process. If you are willing to accept any available seasonal position you will only need to apply to Any Seasonal Position in the list of open positions. If you are only interested in specific positions, please apply directly to each position you are interested in.

The 411

Location
Badlands National Park, SD

Season
Apr 20 – Oct 28

Industry
Lodging, Food & Beverage, Retail, Campground

Housing
Employee Housing and RV Spaces Available

Meals
Plans Available

The 411

Location
Badlands National Park, SD

Season
Apr 20 – Oct 28

Industry
Lodging, Food & Beverage, Retail, Campground

Housing
Employee Housing and RV Spaces Available

Meals
Plans Available

Featured Positions

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Welcome to Badlands

An Experience Like No Other

Live, work, and play in a vast scenic landscape, meet people from all over the world, and explore 64,000 acres of wilderness, hiking trails, colorful buttes, towering spires, and fossil deposits.  The Badlands truly offers a summer work experience like nowhere else!

Our operation consists of four locations: Cedar Pass Lodge and Cedar Pass Campground are located inside Badlands National Park, Badlands Inn located 1.5 miles South, and Minuteman RV Park and Lodging located 11 miles North.

Wildlife

If you are the outdoor or adventurous type who loves photography, Badlands is a can’t miss opportunity of endless exploration.  Among the otherworldly landscape of Badlands National Park lies over 10,000 square miles of mixed-grass prairie where you’ll find Bald Eagles, Bison, Antelope, Big Horn Sheep, Prairie Dogs, and two Endangered Species: the Black-Footed Ferret, the most endangered land mammal in North America, and the Swift Fox, reintroduced in 2003.

Activities & Destinations

Property Activities

There are plenty of activities in and around Cedar Pass Lodge to keep you busy. The park offers several miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking. The lodge offers a swimming pool and volleyball as well as employee activities such as ice cream socials and regular shopping trips to Rapid City, SD.  We also sponsor trips to local events such as Sturgis Bike Week and take great pride in participating in the 4th of July parade in Interior, SD.

 

Activities & Destinations

Property Activities

There are plenty of activities in and around Cedar Pass Lodge to keep you busy. The park offers several miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking. The lodge offers a swimming pool and volleyball as well as employee activities such as ice cream socials and regular shopping trips to Rapid City, SD.  We also sponsor trips to local events such as Sturgis Bike Week and take great pride in participating in the 4th of July parade in Interior, SD.

Several National Monuments, museums, and local landmarks are just a short drive away

  • Mt. Rushmore
    Less than 2 hours away
  • Crazy Horse
    2 hours away
  • Devil’s Tower National Monument
    3 hours away
  • Historic Deadwood, SD (As seen on HBO)
    2 hours away
  • Black Hills National Forest
    2 hours away
  • Historic Wall Drug Store
    30 minutes away
  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
    15 minutes away

Climate

Employees should come prepared for a variety of weather conditions.  Spring usually brings mild, sunny days with occasional snowfall. Summer months are usually pretty hot with frequent evening thunderstorms.  Autumn weather is beautiful with warm days and cool nights.

Getting Here

Transportation Options

You are welcome to use your own vehicle or RV to get here, but if you need a little assistance, we will do everything we can to help. If you are arriving by bus or plane we can pick you up in Rapid City, SD or Wall, SD. When making your travel plans please remember to arrive and check in on the date agreed upon because we may not have accommodations for you if you arrive early.

By Bus: Greyhound and Jefferson Lines have routes in South Dakota. When scheduling, your destination should be
Rapid City, SD and you should be sure to pre-arrange for us to pick you up.

By Plane: United, Delta, American, and Allegiant Airlines currently provide service to the Rapid City Regional Airport.
We will arrange to pick you up at the Rapid City airport, just let us know what your travel arrangements are.

Property address

Cedar Pass Lodge in Badlands National Park
20681 SD Highway 240
Interior, SD 57750

Room & Board

Living Arrangements

Badlands offers employees on-property housing 9 miles from Cedar Pass Lodge. These rooms cost $150/month and can be shared by up to 4 employees, and offer a full kitchen, shower, washer & dryer, and WiFi. A pool and rec. room are also available to employees. A $100 refundable housing deposit is required and no pets are allowed in on-property employee housing.

Badlands can also accommodate your RV or Camper, but space is limited. Our RV sites are located five miles south of Cedar Pass Lodge, are gravel, and include 50 amp full-hookups with water and sewer. RV sites are $100/month.

Living Arrangements

Badlands offers employees on-property housing 9 miles from Cedar Pass Lodge. These rooms cost $150/month and can be shared by up to 4 employees, and offer a full kitchen, shower, washer & dryer, and WiFi. A pool and rec. room are also available to employees. A $100 refundable housing deposit is required and no pets are allowed in on-property employee housing.

Badlands can also accommodate your RV or Camper, but space is limited. Our RV sites are located five miles south of Cedar Pass Lodge, are gravel, and include 50 amp full-hookups with water and sewer. RV sites are $100/month.

Food

The Employee Dining Room (EDR) is located at Cedar Pass Lodge and offers hot meals three times a day. Employees living on the property can also cook their own meals in their unit. A grocery store is located just south of the park. Ice is also available for purchase.

Food

Food

The Employee Dining Room (EDR) is located at Cedar Pass Lodge and offers hot meals three times a day. Employees living on the property can also cook their own meals in their unit. A grocery store is located just south of the park. Ice is also available for purchase.

Food
Cell Service

Cell Service

Employees with Verizon or AT&T generally receive full service. Other carriers are not as reliable.

Internet

Internet

Free WiFi is available at all Badlands locations as well as in employee housing.

Other Facilities

Other Facilities

Employee housing has a rec. room with TV, a foosball table, and couches.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your dates of operation?
Cedar Pass Lodge: April 20 – October 28 Cedar Pass Campground: April 1 – October 28 Badlands Inn: May 1 – October 1 Minuteman RV Park & Lodging: May 1 – October 28
Where are you located?
Interior, Jackson Co., South Dakota Badlands National Park
What is the weather/climate like?
Spring usually brings mild, sunny days with occasional snowfall. Summer months are usually pretty hot with frequent evening thunderstorms. Autumn weather is beautiful with warm days and cool nights.
What should I budget for to get me to my first paycheck?
Groceries
If I am hired, what should I bring with me?
Identification, closed toed shoes, a light jacket, personal toiletries, and a swimming suit.
What should I do to prepare for my first day of employment?
Make sure you bring your identification and housing deposit.
Do you provide housing for employees?
Yes, we offer employee housing and also have RV spaces reserved for employee use.
Will I have a roommate if I stay in employee housing?
Most likely. Employee units can house up to 4 people.
Is a housing deposit required?
Yes. A $100 deposit is required for employee housing.
Are laundry facilities available?
Yes. A washer and dryer are installed in all employee housing units.
Can I bring a pet?
No pets of any kind are allowed in the employee housing. Pets are allowed in the RV park on a case-by-case basis.
Is couples housing available?
Yes, we will do our best to accommodate roommate preferences, but we cannot guarantee that we can accommodate everyone.
Can I bring my RV?
Yes. We have a limited number of RV spaces reserved for employees. You will need to reserve your space well ahead of arriving.
Is cell service available?
Yes. Verizon and AT&T typically receive full service. Other carriers are not as reliable.
Is WiFi available?
Yes. WiFi is available at all our locations as well as in the employee housing area.
How do I receive mail?
You can receive mail at Cedar Pass Lodge or you can open a P.O. Box in Interior, SD
Can I receive packages?
Yes.