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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to the Kilauea Volcano, which erupted in May of 2018. The resulting lava flows swallowed over 700 homes in the area, before the park was reopened in September of 2018. As the park reopens and readjusts, there may be significant changes in the areas you are able to visit, or the routes you use to get there. Be sure to check the park recovery updateshere to get the latest information while you’re planning your trip. The volcanic activity and the beautiful landscape created by the volcanoes in Hawaii ensure a fascinating adventure.

Weather at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park can vary, but rain is frequent (it’s why everything looks so lush and eternally green on the island.) Weather at the summit of Kilauea can be rainy and chilly year-round, and temperatures that high up may be 12-15 degrees cooler than at sea level. Make sure to bring waterproof clothing and several layers for your visit.

The park is near several towns, including Hilo and the town of Volcano. After you’re through exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, head into town for delicious Hawaiian food or to shop local art or wander along a black sand beach.

There is plenty to do inside the park as well, from guided hikes to after-dark talks and stargazing. You can find a complete calendar of events here. You can also explore the park on your own by car or on foot.

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Weather
  • Spring 50-69 F
  • Summer 54-73 F
  • Fall 55-70 F
  • Winter 49-68
Location & Hours
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Park Info
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Private Vehicle: $25
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Motorcycle: $20
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Per Person: $12

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Hiking Trails

Get a better look at the volcanic activity at the park, and the areas affected by it, by heading on a hike or two through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Be sure to prepare for rainy or cooler weather on your hike.

Kilauea Summit Trails

Chain of Craters Road Trails

Things to do Outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When you’ve finished exploring the volcanoes and the history of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you may be ready to try some other adventures nearby. Take an evening stargazing tour, relax on a black sand beach, or learn more about the natural marine life in the area. Here are a few of our recommendations for activities around the Big Island.

Restaurants

Shopping

Sightseeing

RV Resorts & Campsites in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

There are some public and a few private campgrounds available on the Big Island. While RVing isn’t common, there are some places that can accommodate them. Be sure to check whether your campsite requires a permit from the county before pulling up for the night.

Campgrounds Near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Find the Best Dumpstations Near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

An unglamorous but necessary aspect of RVing? Dump stations. Knowing where the best dump stations are near you will allow for more ease and less stress in your travels. Dump stations are an easy and convenient way to clear waste from your RV. Use our guides to find dump stations on your route, so you can get back to the good stuff – exploring, relaxing, and making memories on the road.

Dumpstations Near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

How to get to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Another way to travel around the Big Island is by renting an RV or campervan. RVing allows you to travel on your own schedule. If you don’t own an RV, RV rentals are available. Be sure to check RVshare to see if there’s one available when you’d like to visit.

The best way to get to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is to fly into Hilo and drive from there. Hilo is 30 miles from the park - head southwest on Highway 11.

If you’re flying to the island, there are two airports you can fly into. Hilo International Airport is closest to the park, while Kona International Airport is about a 2 ½ hour drive southeast.

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Frequently Asked Questions
    What are the top things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?

    Top things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park include visiting Kilauea Crater, driving the Chain of Craters Road, and checking out the Pu'uloa Petroglyphs. The park has plenty of hiking and other sights to see as well.

    Are pets allowed at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?

    Yes, pets are allowed in parking areas, on Crater Rim Drive in areas open to vehicles, on Chain of Craters Road down to Puʻuloa Petroglyphs, and in certain other areas of the park. Pets are not allowed in undeveloped areas of the park.

    Are there designated camping spots in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has two drive-in campgrounds - Nāmakanipaio and Kulanaokuaiki. Backcountry camping is also available at the park.

    How large is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is 523 square miles, or 335,259 acres large. The park extends from sea level to mountains at 13,681 feet.

    What is the best time of year to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?

    Winter is the best time to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. While parts of the U.S. are cold and snowy in winter, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park can be warm and pleasant.