Want a Spectacular Show? Watch the Lava Flow!
If you’re looking to be impressed by Mother Nature and the lava flows at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park don’t do it for you, check your pulse! Breaking records all over the place, Kilauea volcano has been spewing out red hot magma as part of its ongoing eruptions to make a show worthy of front row. This past spring and summer saw so many eruptions that in late April, the lava lake at the summit of Kilauea increased to never-before-seen levels, says USA Today.
Who says you have to pay to see a spectacular show? You can treat yourself to fiery displays of fumes and molten rock that even the biggest and brightest fireworks display could never rival. With visitation rates at all-time highs too, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is enjoying the crowds that have gathered to see Mother Nature’s awesome show. Park employees naturally credit the Hawaiian volcano goddess, Pele, for her role in the massive eruptions.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Features many vast ecological zones, from ocean coastline to alpine wilderness to rocky outcroppings. Nowhere in Hawaii is the terrain so diverse, characterized by more than 150 miles of hiking trails that go from sea level to nearly 14,000 feet in elevation. When you visit, you may see some pretty neat-looking lava trees, which are actually rock formations created when hot flowing lava comes into contact with a tree. It hardens around the base and stays that way.
Hawai?i Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island is the result of 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution. The park is a refuge for native plants and animals, while also preserving the natural settings of K?lauea and Mauna Loa. Here, scientists work hard to guard precious resources and promote awareness of what the park is trying to achieve. Because of all this research taking place at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, K?lauea is one of the best understood volcanoes in the world. It’s how we know when and how the Hawaiian islands were born, and what place it all has in the universe. With each eruption, we are all reminded how powerful nature is as well as how volatile and unpredictable it is.
If you’re coming here for a quick visit (a couple of hours), go to the summit of K?lauea volcano by taking Crater Rim Drive. This 11-mile road goes around the summit, through desert land, by lush tropical rain forest, and gives you access to scenic stops where you can witness nature in all its glory.
Got a bit more time (up to five hours)? Don’t miss the East Rift and coastal area of the Park. You’ll take the Chain of Craters Road which goes down 3,700 feet in just 20 miles and stops at the site of a lava flow that coursed through here in 2003. The K?lauea Visitor Center will let you know of any changing conditions. The K?lauea Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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