For your safety
The Summit and Kīpahulu Districts are remote. An ambulance can take up to 45 minutes to arrive at either district from the nearest town. People with respiratory or other medical conditions should also be aware that the summit of Haleakalā is at 10,000 ft.
Drive cautiously - Endangered birds land on roadway
Nēnē (Hawaiian geese) are nesting in the park and may land on or frequent park roads and parking lots. Drivers are reminded to drive at the posted speed limits and exercise caution.
Please remember that you are entering a natural area where you are responsible for your own safety. Haleakalā National Park is a changing landscape with inherent and unpredictable natural hazards. If you have doubts or concerns about any activity or situation, please seek the advice of park rangers at one of the visitor centers.
Be aware that guidebooks may contain inaccurate and outdated information. Stay on trail and obey all posted signs.
In the event of a medical emergency, medical assistance may take up to an hour to arrive from a nearby town.
Summit Area - Mountain
Remember that you will be on a 10,000-foot mountain top in the middle of the Pacific ocean. The weather can change drastically throughout a single day. Be prepared for hot temperatures, intense UV rays, wind, rain, and cold temperatures. Learn more about the weather here.
The road to the Summit Area of the park is a two-lane, paved road that is steep and winding in places. Construction vehicles, bicyclists, pedestrians, and buses use this road as well as private vehicles. Drive cautiously and safely. Read more about safe driving here.
What to bring:
Kīpahulu Area - Coastal
If the pools at 'Ohe'o Gulch are closed, do not enter them even if the stream looks calm and local weather is good. Heavy rains at higher elevations trigger flash flooding and rock slides in 'Ohe'o Gulch. These weather conditions are not always visible from the Kīpahulu Area.
Be aware of the following hazards:
The roads to the Kīpahulu Area of the park are winding and vary from one to two lanes. Construction vehicles, bicyclists, pedestrians, and buses use this road as well as private vehicles. Drive cautiously and safely. Read more about safe driving here.
What to bring:
Report accidents, violations, and unusual incidents to park staff. Prohibited activities include: hunting, use of firearms, rollerblading, skateboarding, or disturbing any natural or cultural features. Bicycles are restricted to paved roads and parking areas.
Did You Know?
You pass through as many ecological zones on a two hour drive to the summit of Haleakalā as you would on a journey from Mexico to Canada.