Kīpahulu Campground reopens with new online reservation system, March 16, 2022

Kīpahulu Campground will officially reopen on March 16, 2022. To stay in the campground, campers will need to use the new online reservation system at Recreation.gov, starting March 16.

With the new reservation system, campers can now plan ahead and know they will have a campsite reserved before they arrive. The system will also improve the park experience by reducing overcrowding and associated traffic congestion in park campgrounds.

The reservation system will streamline the camping process, allowing people to check site availability in real time and receive immediate confirmation. Kīpahulu Campground sites were previously available on a first-come, first-served basis, which often caused overcrowding in the campground.

Camping pitches can now only be reserved using the new online reservation system, which is mandatory for all camping pitches in the campground.

Book your Kīpahulu campsite in advance: Reservations for Kīpahulu Campground will be available on Recreation.gov. On March 16, 2022, at 7 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time, reservations will release for stays through April 16, 2022, then on a rolling 30-day basis thereafter. Camping costs $8 per night with a maximum stay of three nights in a 30-day period. Entrance fees are to be paid at the entrance to the park. Camping reservations should fill up quickly and people are strongly encouraged to plan ahead. Prospective campers must create an account on the Recreation.gov website before making a campground reservation. Those who already have an account are asked to confirm their username and password. This is the same reservation site used for Hosmer Grove Campground, Wild Camps in Haleakalā Crater in Palikū and Hōlua, Wilderness Cabins, and Sunrise Reservations in Haleakalā National Park.

Kīpahulu Campground Information: Each campsite allows a maximum of 5 people and a tent. Each campsite includes a picnic table and fire pit with an attached grill. Campers must bring their own charcoal; no collection of wood is authorized. Camping trailers or pop-up campers require a campsite reservation (which allows the use of the campsite’s picnic table and barbecue) and are only permitted in the corresponding parking spaces. There are no showers or electrical outlets. There are dry toilets and a water station nearby. Pets are permitted on a leash up to 6 feet in the campground and on the roads within the campground boundaries. Quiet hours are 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Check-out time is 11:00 a.m. In order to promote physical distancing between campers during the pandemic, camping will open at 9 of 21 sites and group camping will remain temporarily closed. When it is safe to do so, the campground will open to full capacity.

For more information on wild camping in Haleakalā National Park, visit: www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/wilderness-camping.htm.

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