Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park’s Kilauea Visitor Center Area

As they say in the Sound of Music, “Let’s start at the very beginning, the very best place to start,” i.e., the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park’s Kilauea Visitor Center. You’ll find helpful rangers full of information about the area, various displays and interpretations, the necessary permits for backcountry hiking, and a whole lot more.

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Ka‘u Desert Warrior Footprints on the Big Island

The 1.6-mile round-trip trek across this small section of the Ka‘u Desert outside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is fascinating, and the history of the footprints makes the experience more evocative. Because of deterioration, the footprints are faint and difficult to make out, but worth the trip to see for yourself.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Erin English

Erin lives in Crested Butte, Colorado and writes about recreation, travel, and the outdoors for online and print publications.

Erin has experience organizing outdoor adventure activities for groups of people with disabilities, working as a nature guide for youth camps and organizations, and coordinating communications for organizations where she interacted with the media and used social media to promote branding and support fundraising initiatives.

Erin is the author of the new guide Moon Rocky Mountain National Park.