Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Backcountry Permits

HawaiʻI Volcanoes National Park

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is open for overnight and day use all year round.  

Visitors must obtain a permit for overnight camping. A use limit system is in place for all locations throughout the year. While use is typically light, holiday weekends can be busy. The system disperses visitors throughout the area, providing an opportunity for solitude and reflection. Overnight permits are available for reservation 90 days in advance. A permit fee is assessed during the permitting process. Day-use permits are not required. 

Permit & Season Information

Overnight Permits:

Day Use: No permits are required

Need to Know

Be Prepared

Leave No Trace

Emergency Procedures

Check Out of the Backcountry

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Trail Conditions

Seismic and Volcanic Hazards

Fee Policy

Fees are required to obtain a backcountry permit. Fees for reserved and walk-up permits are the same.

Permits are not transferable. Only the listed group leader or alternate leader identified at the time of reservation may be issued the permit.  

Cash or Checks are not accepted. 

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park also charges an entrance fee to visit the park. Learn more about pass options.

Cancellation Policy

Reservation changes and cancellations more than 7 days before the entry date:

Reservation changes and cancellations 7 days or less before the entry date:

At the issuing station:

Contact Information

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 52 Hawaii National Park HI 96718-0052

Email: HAVO_Backcountry@nps.gov

Phone Number

(808) 985-6178

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