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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  • August 11, 2017
    This is a great stop along Chain of Craters Road. The lava is beautiful and the petroglyphs are very spiritual. A decent walk from the road to the petroglyphs but definitely worth it. Amazing piece of...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    Unless you are a student of ancient Hawaian culture, do not both to drive 18 miles down the chain of craters rd. to see this  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    Hot hike out over the lava to see the petroglyphs. Very cool thing to do. Windy and hot, take water and wear sunscreen. Also, do it early before it gets crowded.  more »
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  • July 3, 2017
    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.
  • March 23, 2017
    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.
  • March 6, 2017
    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.
  • March 7, 2017
    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.
  • March 5, 2017
    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!

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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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