A Word about Safety
The black lava captures and radiates the heat of the intense summer sun. An afternoon without steady wind is a rarity. Be prepared! Wear sun screen and a hat and carry plenty of water. Fill your water bottles before leaving the visitor center, as there is no running water along the Loop Drive. The lava surface is uneven and abrasive, so please stay on designated trails and wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes.
Last updated: September 26, 2014