• Halema`uma`u Just Before Dawn

    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

Things To Do

 
 

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is easily visited by car in just a few hours or may be explored in more depth over several days. Here are some recommendations when planning your visit to the Park:

Visitor Alert - Hazardous Fumes Advisory
and Closure of some areas at the Summit of Kilauea

One to 3 Hour Visit ?

If you have only one to three hours, explore the summit of Kīlauea volcano via Crater Rim Drive; an 11-mile road that encircles the summit caldera, passes through desert, lush tropical rain forest, traverses the caldera floor, and provides access to well-marked scenic stops and short walks. (Note: Crater Rim Drive is closed between Jaggar Museum and the Chain of Craters Road junction due to volcanic activity in Halema'uma'u.)

Four to 5 Hour Visit ?

If you have four to five hours, you may also explore the East Rift and coastal area of the Park via Chain of Craters Road. This road descends 3,700 feet in 20 miles and ends where lava flows crossed the road in 2003.

Explore the Park on Foot

Hikers will find an abundance of trails to satisfy their curiosity. Day hikes and backcountry hikes offer great adventures for visitors who wish to explore beyond the roadways.

Depending on changing volcanic activity, there may be opportunities for viewing active lava flows from the end of the road. No food, water or fuel is available along the Chain of Craters Road.

 
Ranger Program
NPS Photo - Ranger Jason Leads a Group of Visitors on an Interpretive Hike

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.