Introduction to Haleakala National Park
Haleakala National Park on the island of Maui has two main sections.
Activities and attractions in the summit section are focused around
the crater at the top of the dormant Haleakala Volcano and the lower
section is focused around the lush, tropical lower Kipahulu Valley
on the coast of Maui.
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Photos of Haleakala National Park
Pictures of the summit area and the coastal section of
Haleakala National Park. Includes pictures of the inside
of the crater, pictures of the lush, tropical Oheo Gulch area,
and photos of other attractions in the park.
Camping in Haleakala National Park
There are four campgrounds in Haleakala park. Two of them
are accessible by car and two can only be reached by hiking
trail. There are also three wilderness cabins inside the
crater that can be reached by hiking trail.
Lodging Near Haleakala National Park
The nearest hotels and inns outside the park
are in Kula which is about an hour away and Makawao and Olinda,
which are a couple of hours away from the park.
Article About Haleakala and Upcountry Maui
An article by the Maui Visitors Bureau about Haleakala
National Park and upcountry Maui.
Hiking in Haleakala National Park
There are more then 30 miles of hiking trails
in the summit area of Haleakala National Park
The two main trails into the crater are the
Halemauu Trail and the Sliding Sands Trail.
There are about 10 miles of hiking trails in
the lower coastal area of the park. Either
of the Haleakala Visitors Centers can provide
you with a trail map and current trail conditions.
NPS on Hiking in Haleakala National Park
Cycling on Mount Haleakala
Information about bicycling up
and down Mount Haleakala.
Facts About Haleakala National Park
Haleakala National Park covers 46 square miles
and approximately 38 miles of the park is wilderness area.
The world "Haleakala" means "House of the Sun" in
Hawaiian. The volcano was given that name
because according to legend the god Maui
imprisoned the sun inside Haleakala in order to
make the day longer. The park is focused around
the dormant Haleakala Volcano which last errupted
in about 1790.
Haleakala Crater on the summit of Mount Haleakala
is 7 miles across, 2 miles wide and about 2600
Viewing the Sunrise Over Haleakala
A popular visitor activity is to drive to the top
of the Haleakala Volcano early in the morning or in
the late afternoon to watch the sun rise or set over
the crater. Visitors can drive on their own or take
an organized tour that will make all arrangements.
Cycling Down the Haleakala Mountain Road
Several bicycle tour operators organize
group cycling tours down the winding road
from the summit of Mount Haleakala.
NPS on Skywatching in Haleakala Park
Kipahulu Valley Area of Haleakala National Park
The coastal area of Haleakala National Park
must be accessed from the coastal road along
the windward coast of Maui. It is not possible
to reach that area from the summit road.
This part of the park is located in the lower
Kipahulu Valley, and it is separated from the
rest of Haleakala National Park by the upper
The upper part of the Kipahulu
Valley has been designated the Kipahulu Valley Biological
Reserve and it is closed to the public to protect
native plants and animals.
In the state park area of the Kipahulu valley
there are more then 20 pools along the Palikea
Stream in an area known as the Oheo Gulch.
Visitors may swim in the pools and they may
also hike on a trail that leads to the base of
History of Haleakala National Park
The dormant Mount Haleakala Volcano on
the island of Maui was orignally part of the
Hawaii National Park, along with the Big Island volcanoes
of Mauna Loa and Kilauea. In 1961 Hawaii National Park was
split into two parks, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on
the Big Island of Hawaii and Haleakala National Park on
the island of Maui. In 1980 Haleakala National Park
was designated an International Biosphere Reserve.
Attractions in Haleakala National Park
Area 1: Summit Area of the Mountain
Area 2: Wilderness Area of the Mountain
Area 3: Kipahulu Area on the Coast
Haleakala Summit Visitor's Center
Sliding Sands Trail
Seven Pools of Oheo Gulch
Other Maui Attractions
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