Crater Rim Drive Tour

An empty road surrounded by rainforest
Crater Rim Drive (NPS Photo/J. Wei)

Visiting the park by car is easy to do. The two main roads visitors will travel are Crater Rim Drive and Chain of Craters Road. All roads in the park are two-wheel drive roadways and do not require four-wheel drive vehicles.

Start your visit at the Kīlauea Visitor Center located just beyond the park's entrance station on the right. The park is open 24 hours daily, year round. Kīlauea Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Here, you will receive the latest information on trails, ranger-led activities, road conditions, and safety precautions. Then begin your tour at Kīlauea Overlook and work your way clockwise along Crater Rim Drive.

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

 
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    A "no" symbol over a human hand feeding a goose

    Nēnē Protection
    Nēnē (the Hawaiian goose) is an endangered species that needs your protection. Watch for nene on roads. Cars are the leading cause of adult nene deaths in the park. DO NOT FEED the nēnē. Nene that are fed by visitors learn to beg for food and approach moving cars.

     

    Last updated: August 3, 2020

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