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Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs is located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park travel itinerary planner makes visiting Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs and other Hawaii Volcanoes National Park attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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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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  • It's not the easiest walk because the rocks changes shale all the time but that's part of the fun. The glyphs at the end is a nice reward but the journey is the best part. Wouldn't try on a super sunn...  more »
  • This cultural/historical sight is reached by hiking about one and a half miles (round trip) across very uneven, rocky terrain. I wouldn't suggest it for anyone with infirmaties. There are no shaded ar...  more »
  • This was a 1.4 mile round trip hike. There is no shade or water. Water is a must if you take this hike!! We hiked on top of lava fields to reach the petroglyphs but worth the effort! They are very wel...  more »
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  • 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.
  • About 0.7 miles of a hike in from the road, there is a wooden boardwalk around petroglyphs. The hike wasn't too bad, even though it was in the sun, because it was really windy. However, my one critique would be that there wasn't really a clear trail leading to the boardwalk. Once you got there though, seeing the petroglyphs was really cool.
  • A lovely hike, although it was very windy. We took some great photos and there is a board walk around the petroglyphs so you can have a flat place to stand while looking at them close up.
  • Petroglyphs may be hard to notice at first until you get used to looking for them. This short hike seemed longer than it really is due to extreme sun exposure. Probably a good idea to take some water with you.
  • Please don't Walk on the petroglyphs!! Respect the art of another culture: it's more important than your photos. I saw people that could Clearly read English go off the boardwalk and walk all over these ancient petroglyphs. It made me angry!