Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs is located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Put Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park online itinerary planner .
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  • This is an easy walk to a special place. Only go if you are interested in Hawaiian culture. The petroglyphs are well explained and easy to see from a boardwalk. Not a lot of variety but the reason the...  more »
  • My sister and and I were so glad we decided to hike to the petroglyphs at Pu'u Loa. This is a bit of a hike totally exposed in the sun, so....bring water, put on sunscreen and wear a hat, it is approx...  more »
  • A 15 minutes walk from chain of craters road. Who wore sneakers as a walk on the lava, so easy to walk. Guests can enjoy a surprising sight, coupled with views of the surroundings.
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  • Well worth the .7 mile hike in. Very uneven trail through the lava. Well marked trail. Allow yourself enough time to get there and back around dusk. Not a good trail to do in the dark, even with a flashlight.
  • A bit of a long walk to check out the petroglyphs. If you're interested in Hawaiian culture, then by all means, take the walk since this is along the way on the Chain of Craters road. There is no shade in this area, so get that sun block ready.
  • Plenty of small carvings on the rock, most are quite simple.
  • Very much worth the hike. Be aware the trail is just markers over the easiest to cross parts of the terrain. Fine for kids, but those with poor balance or bad knees may find the walk tiring.
  • Great hike to see some ancient native Hawaiian artwork on the volcanic rock. The whole hike and loop takes less than 30 minutes but you're best off if you arrive early since the entire hike is over black lava fields with no shelter so it gets rather hot early in the day...and usually very windy as well.

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Where to stay in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park provides two drive-in campgrounds: Nāmakanipaio and Kulanaokuaiki. The former is on the main road near the park's entrance and offers full services. The latter sits more deeply in the park, has limited sites, and does not have drinking water. You can also stake your tent at one of the primitive campsites on the park's coastal hiking trails. The park does offer lodging in the Volcano House, which delivers sweeping vistas of the caldera at the top of Mount Kilauea. The aptly named town of Volcano at the park's main entrance has a bevy of accommodations, including cottages, inns, bed and breakfasts, and lodges. This is your best option for combining convenient access to the park with a comfortable place to lay your head.
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