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Haleakala National Park

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Haleakala National Park is an amazing landscape rich with stories of ancient and modern Hawaiian culture, preserving the bond between the land and its people. The park is also home to several endangered species, some of which exist nowhere else. Visitors to the park will be impressed by the stark volcanic landscapes and sub-tropical rain forest filled with bamboo. Whether you are planning a backcountry excursion or simply looking to explore the beautiful coast, visitors to the park will be amazed by the varied and impressive scenery, history, and culture that Haleakala National Park has to offer.

To learn more about the park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
The Headquarters Visitor Center, Haleakalā Visitor Center, and Kīpahulu Visitor Center are open daily, year round subject to staff availability.

  • Headquarters Visitor Center: 8 am - 3:45 pm
  • Haleakala Visitor Center (summit): Sunrise - 3 pm
  • Kīpahulu Visitor Center (coastal): 9 am to 4:30 pm

Visiting Tips

Haleakala National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, except during severe weather closures. Please check the park's website for alerts and closures.

Weather at the high elevations of the summit and wilderness area of the park can be unpredictable and change quickly so be prepared for temperature fluctuations and rapidly moving storms. In the coastal Kipahulu Area, the weather is more mild, temperate, and wet. Flash floods can be a serious risk so be sure to check at the visitor center before entering any streams or pools.

Fees & Passes:
If you arrive at the park at a time when the entrance station is closed, please pay the entrance fee at the automated fee machine. To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Camping:
There are two wilderness campsites in Haleakala, the Halua Campsite and the Paliki Campsite. The campsites operate on a first-come, first-served basis and require a backcountry camping permit. Visit the park's website for more details.

There are two car-accessible campgrounds in Haleakala National Park. For campground capacities, reservations, and more information, click here.

Lodging:
The NPS maintains and operates three wilderness cabins within the park. These cabins can only be reached by trail and must be reserved ahead of time. For details regarding permits, reservations, and fees, click here.

Food & Drink

There is no food, beverages, or gasoline for sale within the park. Drinking water is available at the visitor centers, but visitors are advised to pack enough food and water for their trip. There is a wide variety of dining options locating in the nearby towns.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Haleakala National Park offers a variety of ranger-led programs that vary by season. All ranger-led programs, unless otherwise specified, are free and open to the public. Additionally, visitors can choose from a variety of commercial tour operations that offer vehicle tours, guided hikes, and horseback tours. To learn more about these tours and programs and to see the current events calendar, click here.

Other Activities

Whether exploring the volcanic landscape, heading out on an epic multi-day, backcountry excursion, strolling along the coast, or taking a dip in the ocean, visitors have a variety of ways to explore the park. For those looking to extend their adventure outside of the park, consider the many superb options for surfing, paddling, and kite boarding around the island. Also, be sure to check out the options for mountain biking around Maui.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a park map or newsletter to help plan your visit, click here.

Gems in Haleakala National Park - 3

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gem Favorite Seven Sacred Pools

Pools at Ohe'o

(9) Hāna, HI
gem Favorite A little trail-side vegetation starts popping out of the rocks and sand.

Silversword Plants

(2) Kēōkea, HI
gem Favorite It like a whole new world in the woods of Hosmer.

Hosmer Grove Nature-Viewing

(2) Makawao, HI

Recommended Routes in Haleakala National Park - 4

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Favorite Makahiku Falls
Intermediate

Pipiwai Trail

3.4 mi 5.5 km 727' Up 221.55 m Up 726' Down 221.4 m Down

Hāna, HI
Favorite Eerie morning light surrounds the visitor center just after dawn.
Intermediate/Difficult

Sliding Sands Out-and-Back

4.2 mi 6.7 km 1,239' Up 377.57 m Up 1,239' Down 377.54 m Down

Kēōkea, HI
Favorite A little trail-side vegetation starts popping out of the rocks and sand.
Difficult

Haleakala Crater - Sliding Sands Trail to Halemau’u Trailhead

11.4 mi 18.3 km 1,725' Up 525.93 m Up 3,510' Down 1069.89 m Down

Kēōkea, HI
Favorite Seven Sacred Pools
Intermediate

Kuloa Point

0.6 mi 1.0 km 64' Up 19.49 m Up 70' Down 21.43 m Down

Hāna, HI

Haleakala National Park Hiking

  • 49 Miles 78 Kilometers of Trail
  • 4 Recommended Routes
  • 3 Gems Gems
  • 11 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 5 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 2 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Areas Within Haleakala National Park

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Trails in Haleakala National Park - 14

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10.3 mi 16.5 km #1Halemau'u Trail
Difficult
Kēōkea, HI
Difficult
Kēōkea, HI 11 
6.9 mi 11.1 km #2Kaupo Trail
Difficult
Wailua, HI
Difficult
Wailua, HI
0.3 mi 0.5 km #3Leleiwi Overlook Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Kēōkea, HI
Easy/Intermediate
Kēōkea, HI
0.6 mi 1.0 km #4Hosmer Grove Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Makawao, HI
Easy/Intermediate
Makawao, HI
0.5 mi 0.9 km #5Kuloa Point Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Hāna, HI
Easy/Intermediate
Hāna, HI
2.4 mi 3.8 km #6Supply Trail
Intermediate
Makawao, HI
Intermediate
Makawao, HI
1.8 mi 2.8 km #7Connector A
Easy/Intermediate
Kēōkea, HI
Easy/Intermediate
Kēōkea, HI
0.3 mi 0.5 km #8Silversword Loop
Easy
Kēōkea, HI
Easy
Kēōkea, HI
1.4 mi 2.2 km #9Connector F
Easy
Wailua, HI
Easy
Wailua, HI
1.4 mi 2.3 km #10Connector B
Easy
Kēōkea, HI
Easy
Kēōkea, HI
1.0 mi 1.6 km #11Connector C
Easy
Kēōkea, HI
Easy
Kēōkea, HI
0.6 mi 1.0 km #12Connector D
Easy
Wailua, HI
Easy
Wailua, HI
0.8 mi 1.4 km #13Kaupo Side Loop
Difficult
Wailua, HI
Difficult
Wailua, HI
0.7 mi 1.1 km #14Skyline Access
Easy
Kēōkea, HI
Easy
Kēōkea, HI

Photos of Haleakala National Park - 78

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Makahiku Falls
Sep 22, 2015 near Hāna, HI
Ashley makes her way upwards on the long climb.
Dec 31, 2019 near Wailua, HI
A little trail-side vegetation starts popping out of the rocks and sand.
Dec 31, 2019 near Kēōkea, HI
Haleakala National Park
Apr 1, 2020 near Kēōkea, HI
The grasslands at this end of the hike are almost polar opposite to the barren landscape at the start.
Dec 31, 2019 near Wailua, HI
At this point it's hard to say if catching a view is more important than catching you breath.
Dec 31, 2019 near Wailua, HI
Once you start it can seem as there is no end to the rock switchbacks that dominate this trail.
Dec 31, 2019 near Wailua, HI
Where some see a hitching post others will find a good spot to stretch before tackling the switchbacks ahead.
Dec 31, 2019 near Wailua, HI