HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK
This National Park on the island of Maui protects 10,023-foot Mount Haleakala, an inactive volcano which has a crater with a seven mile diameter. The park’s landscape includes high cinder cones, lava ash, and other volcanic scenery.
Also in the park is the lush Kipahula Valley, with rainforest, grasslands, and coastal cliffs. There are several streams with waterfalls and pools, and an exotic birdlife, plantlife, and wildlife, including native and non-native species.
Activities: Thirty-six miles of trails are open to backpacking and hiking. Difficulty varies from easy to strenuous. Some trails may be used by horseback riders. Visitors are asked to remain on trails. Hunting is not allowed.
Camping Regulations: Camping in the crater area requires a permit, available from park headquarters on a first-come, first-served basis. Tenting is restricted to two backcountry campgrounds or primitive camping areas.
Camping here is limited to two nights in one location, and a maximum of three nights total. Campfires are prohibited, so a stove is necessary if one wishes to cook. Pets are not permitted.
There are also three cabins which are available for a fee. Cabins must be reserved at least 90 days in advance. Since demand is high, a lottery system is used to allocate the cabins.
Camping in the Kipahula Area is limited to a campground which is accessible by car. The Upper Kipahula Valley is completely closed to the public. Weather in the park is often unpredictable, varying from hot to cold at any time of year.
For Further Information: Haleakala National Park, P.O. Box 369, Makawao, Maui, HI 96768; (808)572-9306.
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