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Haleakala Crater, Haleakala National Park

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Known primarily for its dramatic sunrises and sunsets, Haleakala Crater is the world's largest dormant volcano, forming more than 75 percent of the island of Maui. Over a million years old, the volcano is locally known as the "House of the Sun," its tallest peak rising up to 3,055 m (10,023 ft) above sea level. You can reach the summit, gaze into the crater, or walk across its floor by hiking up a series of rugged trails. Though there's little chance of an eruption, you must be extremely careful on the steep and often treacherous paths. Check the weather before you go and dress appropriately for cold temperatures at the summit. Make Haleakala Crater a part of your Haleakala National Park vacation plans using our Haleakala National Park vacation planner.
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Haleakala National Park offers most of its accommodations in the form of wilderness cabins. Three are scattered throughout the park, and these require at least a couple hours of hiking to reach. Each cabin provides a wood-burning stove and pit toilet, but you'll have to boil water from nearby water sources before drinking it. The park also provides a couple of campgrounds. Most visitors to the park arrive from wherever they've chosen to stay on Maui. If you plan to spend more than a day exploring the park but prefer comfortable digs, check out the rustic inns and bed and breakfasts in upcountry Kula. Similar types of accommodation in coastal Hana will put you near the park's Kipahulu section.
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  • No words for this trip. Roads a bit on the winding roads but that is expected. Once you get to the top you will notice that you are the only one out there. You will not here anyone around you. You not...  more »
  • It's a drive with over 20 switchbacks and steep drop-offs beside the road which makes it seem much longer than it is. We forgot to bring our jackets which we needed as it was quite chilly, very windy ...  more »
  • Driving this is - eh anti climatic, wish we could have done the sunrise tour which I hear is amazing! Book in advance bc everything was sold out ☹️  more »