Plan your Visit to
Haleakala National Park
Where Paradise Meets Preservation
Preserving the natural quality of the area is exactly what the rangers at Haleakala National Park look to do. The Haleakala National Park is visited by over 1 million people each year and those that are drawn to the 33,265 acres enjoy a wide variety of activities that have been popular since the establishment of the park in 1961. You can visit Haleakala National Park with your family to discover the true beauty and capture the original Hawaiian atmosphere.
When to go
January – February – March – April – May – June – July – August – September – October – November – December
Stunning Vistas – Hiking – Family – Day Trip – Climbing – Scenic Drives – Horseback Riding
The Skies Are Alive
We tend to neglect to look at the sky above us enough. There is so much on earth that distracts from the natural wonder of the sky that we simply forget to look at the simplistic nature of all the sky brings. Here at Haleakala National Park, the world moves a little slower and visitors are amazed by the simple nature of looking into the sky. Sky viewing is a popular activity at the Summit in the park and gives viewers up to 115 miles of pure visibility onto the rest of the park. Viewers get a real show when weather conditions are right and they get the chance to see a passing storm move across the area or just after the storm, a beautiful rainbow forms over the horizon and if you are impressed with the sky viewing during the day, you will truly be amazed after the sun goes down
When the sun is set and all is dark within Haleakala National Park, the time for sleeping is not yet at hand. The night sky puts on a masterful show for all with crystal clear views of the stars like no other place you have likely ever seen. The experience is further enhanced when you rent a pair of binoculars at the island’s dive shops. This gives you an even clearer view so you can see even the smallest star or the moons circling Jupiter. There is no other place quite like Haleakala National Park if you are an avid stargazer or looking to becoming one.
Hike the Trails
The wilderness of Haleakala National Park is best explored on a hike. This gives you the opportunity to see and appreciate the nature that surrounds you. There are hundreds of trails throughout the park that make it quite easy to enjoy the park without the fear of becoming lost in the wilderness. Park staff diligently work to maintain the park in its pristine, natural condition and therefore ask that all visitors stay on the marked trails while hiking. Human influence can have a negative impact on the delicate ecological features of the park and the trails help to secure the park from any deterioration brought about by humans. Water and hiking supplies is limited in the park, so all visitors should bring ample supplies for everyone in their group.
Stay out of the Water
You may be tempted to take a quick swim in one of the many pools that are found throughout the area. Park officials warn that the water quality is not always up to the standards needed for swimming and that even shallow areas can become flooded quickly during one of the many flash floods that engulf the park each year. Stepping on unstable ledges should be avoided as well since they can become slippery or even collapse from the weight of a human. Accidents can happen quickly and park staff is not always equipped for a rescue, so take these recommendations to heart to keep everyone in your group safe at all times.
Things to Know
Entrance fees are charged at Haleakala National Park. The fee for a passenger vehicle is $20, motorcycles are $15, and non-motorized transportation and pedestrians are $10. The pass is valid for 3 days and should you arrive at a time when the entrance office is closed, you are free to pay the fee at one of the self-pay stations at the entrance. These stations only accept credit card payments so be sure to have one ready when entering the park.
Camping within Haleakala National Park is truly a wonderful experience. There are a number of ways to camp within the park. The most obvious is the two campgrounds just inside the park. These campgrounds offer a number of amenities and are the most common ways to camp. Camping fees vary throughout the year, so call before you get there to make sure you know what the fees are. There are also 3 wilderness cabins if you are up for a 3 to 9-mile hike and also 2 wilderness campsites throughout the park. Both of these options do not have potable water, so bring ample water with you and a filter to filter out any impurities in the water available.