Why You Need to Visit Haleakala National Park

Since its establishment in 1961, the Haleakalā National Park in Maui, Hawaii, has been a special and sacred place that attracts over one million visitors each year. Home to the dormant Haleakala volcano, the park covers over 33,265 acres and offers unique areas of subtropical rainforest, volcanic craters, and vast wilderness that are just waiting to be explored. And since it’s just an hour drive from the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono, a trip to Haleakala National Park is a must on your next trip to Maui! Here’s what you need to know about this incredible place.Spend a Day at Haleakala National Park

Spend a Day at Haleakala National ParkThings To Do

Things To Do

Haleakala National Park is divided into two distinct sections – the summit area and the coastal Kīpahulu area – and each offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. One of the most popular park activities is hiking, where guests can explore the volcanic landscape of the summit or the pools and waterfalls of the coastline. Feel free to explore solo or with a guide and enjoy 35 miles of trails, where native birds, rare plants, and photo ops abound. The park is also a popular destination for skywatching, and since the name Haleakalā means “house of the sun”, it’s obvious why. With long, sunny days and breathtaking views, visitors often flock to the area to experience the sunrise – but since the morning crowds can be overwhelming, we recommend an equally amazing sunset hike followed by a nighttime sighting of the moon, planets, and the Milky Way on an astrology tour.

Landmarks To See

Although not a typical crater formed by volcanic activity, the gigantic Haleakala Crater was created by erosion of the entire volcanic mountain top and is one of the most famous features of the park. Located in the summit area, the interior of the crater is dotted with numerous volcanic features, including large cinder cones, and can be accessed by two main trails. Another must-see landmark is the ‘Ohe’o Gulch, which features more than two dozen pools along the Palikea Stream. Guests can take a refreshing dip in the pools and explore this part of the park in the coastal Kipahulu area.

Important Safety Tips

Visitors should always be prepared when exploring Haleakala National Park, as there is no food, beverages, or gasoline available anywhere in the park. The summit of Haleakala is remote, and at 10,000 feet, hiking is not advised for those with respiratory or other medical conditions. Be sure to check the park’s website for additional safety tips and information.

Book Your Stay at the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono!

After you visit Haleakala National Park, head home to our Maui bed and breakfast where you can unwind in one of our beautiful rooms and suites! With luxurious amenities and beautiful views, our inn is the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring. Plus, you can enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast the next morning and tell us all about your adventures! We can’t wait to hear about what you discover in Maui.

Looking for more fun things to do in Maui? Check out our blog about Iao Valley State Park!

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