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Crater Rim Drive Tour

Sunrise on Mauna Loa
Sunrise on Mauna Loa from Crater Rim Drive
NPS Photo
Scenic view looking into Kīlauea Iki crater, framed by hapu‘u ferns.

Hapuʻu (native tree fern) fronds beautifully frame a view of the Kīlauea Iki trail crossing the crater.

NPS/Katja Chudoba

Visiting the park by car is easy to do. The two main roads visitors will travel (Crater Rim Drive and Chain of Craters Road) are paved, two-wheel drive roadways. Crater Rim Drive takes you along a portion of the summit caldera (large pit crater) of Kīlauea.

Weather may be cool, windy, and rainy. Bring shoes, raingear/jackets, hats, bottled water, and snacks if you plan to venture out of your car at these view points.

Use the links below to familiarize yourself with scenic stops along Crater Rim Drive.


Did You Know?

`a`a flowing over an older flow of pahoehoe.

The two types of Hawaiian lava differ in appearance but are chemically alike. Pahoehoe has a smoother and ropey surface where a`a is jagged and clinkery.