Haleakala National Park Travel Tips
The Pools of ‘Ohe’o in our Kīpahulu District are CLOSED indefinitely due to safety concerns with rockslides.
As of February 1, 2017 there is a reservation system in place for driving up to Haleakala to view the sunrise (3am to 7am). Visitors in personal or rental vehicles wishing to view sunrise at Haleakalā National Park will need to make sunrise viewing reservations ahead of time at recreation.gov. Online reservations are now available up to 60 days in advance of your sunrise visit. The cost is $1.50 per car.
Visitors who do not have a reservation will be turned around and not allowed to enter the park until 7am! Make sure and plan ahead for your visit! There are 150 parking spaces available for sunrise.
Dress in many layers for viewing the sunrise at Haleakala National Park! Temperatures can drop down below freezing. Plus it can be windy when you are standing outside. You will most likely have to stand outside for a while to get your spot to take photos. There can be a large crowd trying to get the post photo spot.
Drones are not allowed to be flown within the National park.
Visit this page on the Haleakala National Park website to get up to date weather conditions within the park.
How much does it cost to visit Haleakala National Park?
DAILY PASSES – Daily passes are non-transferable and are valid for 3 days including the date of purchase.
Private Vehicle: $20. Valid for 3 days. Admits private, non-commercial vehicle (14 pax capacity or less) and all occupants to Haleakalā National Park including both the Summit and Kīpahulu Areas.
Motorcycle: $15. Valid for 3 days. Admits a private, non-commercial motorcycle to Haleakalā National Park including both the Summit and Kīpahulu Areas.
Per Person: $10. Valid for 3 days. Admits one individual with no car to Haleakalā National Park including both the Summit and Kīpahulu Areas – typically used for bicyclists, hikers and pedestrians. Youth 15 and under are admitted free.
Hawaiʻi Tri-Park Annual Pass: $25. Valid for 12 months from purchase date. Admits the pass holders and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle (14 pax capacity or less) to Haleakalā National Park, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and Puʻuhonua ʻO Hōnaunau National Historical Park. All other National Parks in Hawaiʻi are free entry.
America the Beautiful—National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass: $80
Annual pass covering entrance and standard amenity fees for national parks and other federal fee areas. This replaces the National Parks Pass and Golden Eagle Pass.
Annual 4th Grade Pass: Free
Annual pass covering entrance fees for 4th-grade students for 2016-2017 school year.
Annual Pass for US Military: Free
Annual pass covering entrance and standard amenity fees for all active military personnel and their dependents. (For active duty military personnel and dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173).)
Access Pass: Free
Lifetime admission and discount pass for US citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities.
Senior Pass: $10
Lifetime admission and discount pass for US citizens or permanent residents who are age 62 or older.
Free Entrance Days in 2017 The National Park Service offers the following Entrance Fee Free Days this year:
- January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- February 20: Presidents’ Day
- April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
- August 25: National Park Service Birthday
- September 30: National Public Lands Day
- November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
Other fees such as reservation, camping, lodging, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.
How do I get to Haleakala National Park?
To reach the summit for sunrise plan at least
2.5 hours from Kahalui
3 hour from Wailea
3.5 hours from Lahaina
The drive will be in the dark and includes windy roads up the side of the mountain/volcano.
Where are the Haleakala National Park Visitor Centers?
Park Headquarters Visitor Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m
Haleakalā Visitor Center Sunrise to 3:00 p.m.
Kīpahulu Visitor Center 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; phone
All visitor centers have cultural and natural history exhibits. Books, maps, and posters are offered for sale by the Hawaii Pacific Parks Association. Naturalists are on duty during business hours to answer questions and help you make the most of your visit.
Where can I find out about staying/camping in Haleakala National Park?
To learn about drive up camping within Haleakala National Park visit this page.
Tammilee wrote a post about what not to do while camping in Haleakala National Park on her blog. If you are planning a camping trip I suggest checking it out so you can learn from all the mistakes we made.
Is there a Junior Ranger Program at Haleakala National Park?
Yes! Haleakala offers a great Junior Ranger program! You can prepare for your trip ahead of time by printing off the Junior Ranger program from home. Visit the Haleakala National Park Junior Ranger page to print the program and learn more.
The Haleakala National Park page also has additional kid activities including coloring sheets, the Hawaiian alphabet, Hawaiian Myths and learning resources! You can find them here.
If your kids are into Disney’s Moana this is a great resource to learn more about the demigod Maui!
Can I bring my Dog/Pet with me to Haleakala National Park?
Dogs are permitted in parking lots and drive-up campgrounds and on roadways and paved pathways only. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Dogs are not permitted on trails. You may not leave animals unattended at any time. Please do not bring dogs into park buildings.
Are tours available for Haleakala National Park?
A list of current Commercial Use Authorizations is available at: https://www.nps.gov/hale/learn/management/currentcua.htm
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