No place can prepare you for the experiences and feelings you will have on the summit of Haleakalā volcano. The landscape—deeply sculpted, richly colored, and forever changing—is unlike anywhere else on Earth.
Spend a few hours hiking in the cinder desert landscape or just a few minutes looking for rare forest birds in the native shrubland. Whatever you choose to do, you will do it surrounded by native Hawaiian plants and animals. The summit is one of the few easily-accessible places in Hawai‘i where our rare and endemic species survive and thrive.
Visitors have a number of opportunities to experience the Summit District. Many will choose to embark on hikes throughout our varying ecosystems. Camping is an option, though anyone thinking about camping in the park should check the rules and regulations, along with current conditions, before finalizing plans.
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Last updated: October 18, 2021