For those who need an overnight escape without a backpack trip, the park offers two car accessible campgrounds: Kīpahulu and Hosmer Grove. The Kīpahulu campground is located in the coastal district of Haleakalā National Park (near Hāna). The Hosmer Grove campground is located in the summit district of Haleakalā National Park, high on the windy slopes of Haleakalā.
Hosmer Grove Campground
Hosmer Grove lies in the cloud belt of Haleakalā, at nearly 7,000-feet (2134m) in elevation in the summit area. Be prepared for rain and cold weather. Nighttime temperatures can drop into the to near freezing range (32°F, 0°C); daytime highs average 50-65°F (10-18°C). The campground has picnic tables, BBQ grills, drinking water, and pit toilets. Sites are close together in an open, grassy area near the forest and shrubland of Hosmer Grove. A self-guided nature trail begins and ends at the campground. The forest comes to life in the early dawn with the many native birds in the area, making this a beautiful early morning hike.
The Kīpahulu campground is about 1/8 mile (.2km) south of the Kīpahulu Visitor Center. It overlooks ocean cliffs and is a short walk from ʻOheʻo Gulch. In the evenings, the sound of the ocean waves makes this a peaceful place. The campground has picnic tables, BBQ grills, and pit toilets. No water is available at Kīpahulu Campground. However, drinking water is available at the Kīpahulu Visitor Center restrooms. There are two general stores in the nearby town of Hāna (10 miles [16km] away) where you can purchase water and basic food supplies. Be prepared for rain, harsh sun, and mosquitoes.
If you're up for a hike, Haleakalā National Park is home to a large Wilderness Area with a variety of backpacking experiences available.
Last updated: November 1, 2020