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Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs

Chain of Craters Rd., on left past mile marker 16, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails
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Canada
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92 reviews 92 reviews
52 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

I mean it's just carvings in rock, but the history and and culture is extraordinary. It's about a 15min over small up and down rocky terrain. Easy walking at a moderate pace. Just to see the different carvings a d to think of the purpose for them was awesome. If you have time, make this short hike.

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Indiana
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13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We hiked the .7 mile hike across lava fields following the pile of rocks until we reached the boardwalk to walk around the area where the petroglyphs are located. Mostly the round circles where they buried umbilical cords but there were other markings as well. You will want sturdy shoes and water if it is hot as it was the... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 via mobile

Takes about 15-20 min to walk in and another 15-20 to walk out not to mention how much time you will spend looking at the petroglyphs. We saw people walking in about 30 min before sunset. If you don't bring a flashlight, you are going to have a real HARD time finding your way back.

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PA
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203 reviews 203 reviews
47 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

It's a lava field, people, and you have to walk .7mi to get to the petroglyphs. Wear sensible shoes and have a good sense of balance because the way is rocky and uneven. The path isn't well marked, but if you follow the built up piles of rocks, you'll make it there. Once there, keep to the wooden walkway and... More

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Palm Springs
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The petroglyphs are interesting and the walk is just .7 miles each way. Come back the way you came after you get to the petroglyph field. There are just a few signs and a couple have fallen down. The Mauna Lani Resort, or whoever is responsible for maintaining this area, should get out there and fix things and empty the... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Do not miss the petroglyphs in the lava field. It is a 1.7 mile hike from the road. Be on the lookout as you can see a few on your way there or back. Then head to the End of the Chain of Craters Road to see the lava flow of 2003.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I can't agree with those saying this is a "Quick" or "Easy" hike. Its 1.4 miles over lava rock. Hot and hard on the ankles! We got there and were underwhelmed by the number of recognizable petroglyphs. We could have saved the hike and just looked at the pictures others posted.

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Alaska
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

If you are already driving past this area on Chain of Craters Road, I would definitely recommend stopping and taking the 30-40 minutes to look at these petroglyphs...the walk is pretty easy, although it is over uneven hot black lava. Definitely take water it gets hot. I thought they were pretty neat, and feel it was well worth the few... More

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YORK
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I liked knowing a bit about them before seeing them...knowing that this was a sacred site where people buried the umbilical cord of new borns made the small circles more meaningful

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Houston, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Better things to see and do in the park. Underwhelmed with the petroglyphs and very little explanation.

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