Haleakala National Park
Haleakalā National Park is located on the island of Maui in Hawaii and covers over 30,000 acres. It is home to the massive Haleakalā shield volcano, which last erupted around 1790. The park features a unique and diverse landscape, including cinder cones, volcanic craters, desert valleys, and lush forests. Visitors to the park can hike through these diverse environments, stargaze from the summit of the volcano, and learn about the area’s geology, ecology, and cultural history. The park is also home to many endemic species of plants like the silverswords, making it a destination for both recreational visitors and scientists.
Popular activities in the park include hiking into the crater, camping, wildlife viewing, and watching the sunrise at the volcano summit.
VISIT Haleakala National Park:
Haleakala National Park was established on August 1, 1916, and has a total area of 30,183 acres (47 square miles, or 122 square kilometers).
|Address||Haleakalā National Park, Kula, HI, 96790|
|Hours||Open 24 hours a day, all year|
|Entrance Fee||$30 per vehicle, valid for 3 days|
|Learn More||Official Website|
When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation
Haleakala National Park is the 73rd most visited park in the country.
The weather in Haleakalā National Park on the island of Maui in Hawaii varies depending on elevation. At the park's summit, where the Haleakalā volcano is located, temperatures can range from 40-60°F (4-16°C) and can be much colder than at sea level. The summit is also often windy and can be cloudy or foggy, so visitors should come prepared with warm clothing and gear. At lower elevations, temperatures are warmer and more moderate, ranging from 60-80°F (15-27°C). The park receives most of its rainfall in the winter months, but conditions can be unpredictable, so visitors should be prepared for changing weather conditions at any time of year. Despite these conditions, the park is open year-round and offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation and exploration.
Using Historical Data to Predict
We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Haleakala National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Haleakala National Park is.
Our data shows the best months to visit Haleakala National Park are April, May, June & July.
Haleakala National Park Road Trips
Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Haleakala National Park is visited.
|Trip Name||Trip Miles||Trip Days|
|Hawaii National Park Itinerary||160||8|
Other Nearby National Park Sites
From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Haleakala National Park.
|Pu'ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site||53 mi|
|Kalaupapa National Historical Park||60 mi|
|Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park||72 mi|
|Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park||91 mi|
|Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park||111 mi|
|Pearl Harbor National Memorial||123 mi|
|Honouliuli National Historic Site||131 mi|
Nearby Campsites & RV Parks
If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Haleakala National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.
|Holua Dispersed - Haleakala National Park - Maui||Kula, HI more||5 miles|
|Hosmer Grove - Haleakala National Park - Maui||Kula, HI more||6 miles|
|Polipoli Spring State Rec Area - Maui||Kula, HI more||11 miles|
|Waianapanapa State Park - Maui||H?na, HI more||12 miles|
|Kanaha Beach Park - Maui||Kahului Airport, HI more||22 miles|
|Camp Olowalu - Maui||Lahaina, HI more||30 miles|
|Mahukona Beach Park - Hawaii||HI more||41 miles|
Nearest Ski Resorts
For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Haleakala National Park:
When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Haleakala National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Haleakala National Park.
|Daniel K. Inouye International Airport||HNL||Honolulu, HI||121 mi|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Haleakala National Park.
|Hana Airport||HNM||Hana, HI||11 mi|
|Kahului Airport||OGG||Kahului, HI||21 mi|
|Kapalua Airport||JHM||Lahaina, HI||37 mi|
|Lanai Airport||LNY||Lanai City, HI||51 mi|
|Waimea Kohala Airport||MUE||Waimea, HI||59 mi|
|Molokai Airport||MKK||Kaunakakai, HI||67 mi|
|Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole||KOA||Kailua-Kona, HI||68 mi|
Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.