Area Closures, Advisories, Drones/Unmanned Aircraft & Other Policies


What's Open?

  • Chain of Craters Road
  • Volcano House
  • Crater Rim Drive to Kīlauea Military Camp
  • Halema‘uma‘u Trail via Crater Rim Trail by Volcano House
  • Devastation Trail
  • Steam Vents
  • Sulphur Banks
  • Kīlauea Iki Trail
  • Kīlauea Military Camp
  • Crater Rim Trail from Volcano House to Kīlauea Military Camp
  • Ka‘ū Desert Trail to Hilina Pali
    • The 6 mile section west of Jaggar Museum remains closed
  • Kīpukapuaulu (Bird Park)
  • Tree Molds (off Mauna Loa Road)
  • Hilina Pali Road is open to Kulanaokuaiki Campground to vehicle traffic and to foot traffic beyond
  • Kulanaokuaiki Campground
  • Puʻu Puaʻi Overlook
  • Nāmakanipaio Campground (managed by Volcano House)
  • Backcountry
  • All of Mauna Loa Road
  • Mauna Loa Summit (subject to temporary closures due to severe weather)
  • Kahuku
  • Nāpau Crater and Nāpau Trail to the base of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō

What's Closed?

  • Jaggar Museum (indefinitely)
  • Crater Rim Drive between Kilauea Military Camp and Jaggar Museum is closed
  • Hilina Pali Road past Kulanaokuaiki Is closed to vehicles (it is open to pedestrians and non-motorized bicycles)
  • Crater Rim Trail beyond Kilauea Military Camp
  • ʻIliahi Trail
  • Crater Rim Trail from Volcano House to Kīlauea Iki
  • Nāhuku - Thurston Lava Tube
  • Hōlei Sea Arch overlook

Learn and Explore

Kīlauea Eruption & Summit Caldera Collapse Recovery FAQs

Updated December 2, 2019


Update - The Kahuku Unit's Forested Pit Crater and sections of the Glover Trail are now open to foot traffic only: Kahuku Road in the upper paddocks remain closed to vehicle traffic at the cross fence gate to help prevent the spread of Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death (ROD) to upper Kahuku. Hiking to the Forested Pit Crater and open sections of Glover Trail is only allowed via the Pit Crater Trail or Pali O Ka' Eo Trail. Hikers must stay on all designated trails as well as spray and brush their footwear at the Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death (ROD) Decontamination Station on the Pit Crater Trail before proceeding to the Forested Pit Carter. Make sure to close all gates at the ROD Decontamination Station to prevent the spread of invasive ungulates into the upper section of the park. Plan on at least a 2.5 to 3 hour round trip to the Forested Pit Crater and back to the trail heads. Ask onsite rangers for further details and trail descriptions.


Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Policies


Drones / Unmanned Aircraft Policy
Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is prohibited except as approved in writing by the superintendent.


Superintendent's Compendium 2019 (pdf - 2.9MB)
The Superintendent's Compendium of Designations, Closures, Permit Requirements and other Restrictions Imposed Under Discretionary Authority are regulations specific to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. These regulatory provisions apply in addition to the requirements contained in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations ("36 CFR")


Last updated: January 17, 2020

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