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So the Hosmer Grove campground is the only campground on the summit side of Haleakala National Park on Maui that is accessible by car. There are more campgrounds, as well as cabins, within the park that are accessible by foot.

 

Camping in Maui Hawaii national park at Hosmer Grove campground in haleakala national park. maui hawaii travel blog

 

So…

Why camp in Haleakala National Park at Hosmer Grove?!

If you want to save money on accommodation, you might want to camp here.

If you want to get in a couple days of hiking around Haleakala, including a day of the famous Haleakala crater hike, you might want to camp here. 

 

Hiking trails near Hosmer Grove campground in haleakala national park. maui hawaii travel blog

 

 

If you don’t want to have to wake up so early for the sunrise at the Haleakala summit, you might want to camp here! (Shorter drive time than any other accommodation option!)

If you want to check out the night sky for stargazing at the Haleakala summit, you might want to camp here! 

 

NEW in 2020: Stars Over Haleakala night sky astronomy series (FREE!)

When I was at Haleakala National Park in January 2020, they had just set up their very first night sky astronomy talk, said to be a “trial” and they were unsure if there was going to be another. 

Well, prior to the whole travel world closing down, it seems that they had decided to continue it, as they had announced future dates. These were set to happen once a month. It’s yet to be seen if it will start back up again in the future, but if this sort of thing interests you, it’s something to look into once your Maui travel dates get closer! 

Here are the original details.

 

 

Now…

Quick tips for camping in Haleakala National Park at Hosmer Grove Campground

 

1. You need to make a reservation for camping at Hosmer Grove.

As of 2021, you need to make a reservation for camping at the Hosmer Grove Campground. (It used to be first come first serve.) See current updates.

Camping reservations for Haleakala National Park are made through the national park camping reservation website.

Even if you’re thinking about camping a few months out from now, take a look at the Hosmer Grover campground availability for the immediate future to see what kind of availability it has currently. This will help you to determine how far in advance you should make your campground booking as your Haleakala travel date gets closer.

 

2. Camping at the Hosmer Grove campground is $5.

With the camping reservation system in place, there is a Hosmer Grove camping fee of $5. (It used to be free.)

 

3. The campground is on the small side (looks that way to me), so if you are able, it might be best to claim your spot earlier on in the day if you will be in the park at that time, and then head off to the summit.

That way you won’t have to worry about the Hosmer Grove campground being full.

 

4. The Haleakala summit is at over 10,000 feet.

The Hosmer Grove campground is at nearly 7,000 feet. Pack your clothes and layers accordingly!

 

5. The approximate drive time from the Hosmer Grove campground to the summit is around 30 minutes.

But it might take longer because you might want to stop along the way to take pictures! 

 

6. While the campground is past the national park entrance, technically you are supposed to have a sunrise permit in order to be on the road in Haleakala National Park between the hours of 3am and 7am.

Staying overnight at Hosmer Grove doesn’t waive this requirement. The official words:

Campers who attempt to drive from the campground to the sunrise viewing areas without a valid sunrise reservation will be turned away and may be subject to a citation.

 

7. The approximate drive time to the campground:

  • From Paia to Hosmer Grove: 1 hour
  • From Kahalui airport (OGG) to Hosmer Grove: 1 hour
  • From Wailea (South Maui) to Hosmer Grove: a little over 1 hour
  • From Kaanapali (West Maui) to Hosmer Grove: 1.5 hours

 

 

How much does it cost to camp at Hosmer Grove?

In addition to the camping fee for Hosmer Grove campground, there is a national park fee for entering the park.

 

Hosmer Grove campground in haleakala national park fees cost. maui hawaii travel blog
Photo taken in 2020. You can check current fees here.

 

If you’re planning to go to the other side of the national park, know that an individual pass will last for 3 days, so you can use the same pass. 

You also have the option of buying a Hawaii national park pass or a U.S. national park pass.

 

 

 

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And now…

PHOTOS!

So it’s a great scenic drive to get to the Haleakala National Park entrance!

 

Drive to Hosmer Grove campground in haleakala national park. from kaanapali, west maui, from wailea, south maui, maui kahalui airport ogg. maui hawaii travel blog

Haleakala national park camping at hosmer grove campground. maui hawaii travel blog

Drive to Hosmer Grove campground in haleakala national park entrance. maui hawaii travel blog

 

The road to the Hosmer Grove campground is shortly after the park entrance. You’ll see a sign pointing to it.

 

Location of Hosmer Grove campground in haleakala national park entrance. maui hawaii travel blog

Directions to location of Hosmer Grove campground in haleakala national park. maui hawaii travel blog

 

Then you’ll drive down a short road. 

 

Drive to Hosmer Grove campground in haleakala national park entrance. maui hawaii travel blog

 

First you’ll come across a couple of small parking areas. This is overflow parking.

 

Parking at Hosmer Grove campground in haleakala national park. maui hawaii travel blog

 

So you can keep driving to see if there’s parking available at the (tiny) parking lot in front of the campground. 

Then you’ll reach the end of the road and see the campground! You’ll see the bathroom and small shelter area as you reach the campground.

 

Shelter at Hosmer Grove campground in haleakala national park. maui hawaii travel blog

Shelter and water at Hosmer Grove campground in haleakala national park. maui hawaii travel blog

Bathroom at Hosmer Grove campground in haleakala national park. maui hawaii travel blog

Parking at Hosmer Grove campground in haleakala national park. maui hawaii travel blog

 

 

Hosmer Grove campground photos

Maui tent camping at Hosmer Grove campground in haleakala national park. permit. night limit. grill fire. maui hawaii travel blog

Camping in Maui Hawaii national park at Hosmer Grove campground in haleakala national park. maui hawaii travel blog

Camping in Maui Hawaii national park at Hosmer Grove campground in haleakala national park. maui hawaii travel blog

 

And that’s a bit about the closest (only) campground to the Haleakala summit that you can drive to!

 

See more about planning your visit to Haleakala National Park!

And preparing for an island camping trip is a little different than preparing for a camping trip that you can drive to! Be sure to see ideas for what to pack for camping in Hawaii!

For more camping on Maui, see the Road to Hana campgrounds, and also see ideas for how to spend one week camping on Maui too.

And, you can also make an overnight trip from Maui to another island with some beach camping on Lanai! There is a ferry from Maui that you can take!

 

Plus, if you are interested in Hosmer Grove Campground, then you may also be interested in these top activities on Maui:

 

HAPPY CAMPING IN HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK ON THE SUMMIT SIDE!

 

Camping in Maui Hawaii national park at Hosmer Grove campground in haleakala national park. maui hawaii travel blog

 

 

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