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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  • August 14, 2017
    make sure to stop at Halemau'u trailhead, and hike in at least 1 mile to see the most absolutely teriffic view of inside the crater.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    This is a must see. Leave early, we left at 6:30 to make the drive. This way you can make it to the summit and drive down before the clouds start to roll in. I would also get the app Gypsy Guide. It's...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    I have been watching the sun rise over the clouds. Just amazing, really cold because it is 2000 meters of altitude and gradually will warming up for real. I came down the track and I went to the center of the volcano, one of the quietest places in the world! Once in a lifetime experience! Bring water and sunscreen, relax and feel the energy of the place.
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Where to stay in Haleakala National Park

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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