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Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs

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Address: Chain of Craters Rd., on left past mile marker 16, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Follow the rock markers

Not visible from the chain of craters road so park up and take a hike. Whilst advertised as 1.4 miles round trip, it is over a lava field several hundred years old, so it does... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Stevenage, United Kingdom

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San Diego CA
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm all in for history and understanding the locals but this is certainly more about the journey than the destination. The walk is on bumpy lava which is interesting but if you are going there to see ancient culture you most likely will be left wondering. There are a few circle and other etchings but not much to get excited... More 

Thank ready2go123
Honolulu, Hawaii
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you have 45 minutes to 1 hour and never seen petroglyphs , then should do this. With fast walk there, looking the small area and making 5-8 Pictures and fast walk back over the lava-fliend is 35-45 minutes. Route is good and no hills. But at place you can see some small Pictures scratsed on the lava and I... More 

Thank Peeter15
Joliet, Illinois
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As advertised, the hike is 1.4 miles round-trip over uneven ground to the boardwalk where you can see ancient lava carvings. We told some folks who were unsure they wanted to attempt the hike about what we saw and since there are photos of the carvings at the trailhead, they decided not to go.

Thank Whitegater
Stevenage, United Kingdom
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244 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not visible from the chain of craters road so park up and take a hike. Whilst advertised as 1.4 miles round trip, it is over a lava field several hundred years old, so it does take a while. Make sure you take some water and follow the neatly piled pyramids of rocks making the path to and from. If getting... More 

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Washington, Pa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

1.4 mile round trip hike, well marked, but very uneven as it is a field of lava! Once you get to the petroglyphs, there is a nice wooden walkway for viewing & to preserve the petroglyphs. Recommend taking bottle of water.

Thank momdzall
Fort Worth
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309 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

1.4 mile round trip through a lava field which was warm going although interesting for all the different lava formations. Not for those with walking difficulties and sunscreen mandatory. The actual petroglyphs are small and the boardwalk is maybe 100 yards around. It's historical but honestly, the lava formations were more interesting to us.

Thank Jim M
Sunnyvale, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Maybe it was because we were tired and it was late in the day by the time we stopped by, but it was tiring even though it's only a .7 mile hike on volcanic rocks to the exhibits. Lots of wind blowing along the trail to tire you out. Once you're there, a boardwalk takes you through the area so... More 

Thank ECL
Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you take the Chain of Craters Road to its terminus, you will end up near the ocean and you can look back up at the terrain you just drove down and see just how much lava has flowed to create this beautiful landscape. On the way to the terminus you pass by the Pu`u Loa Petroglyphs. You must park... More 

Thank Araxiel
Austin, Texas
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

This looks easy to hike on the map. Reality is different. The trail is rough with rocks and uneven ground. This hike will take more time than normal. Be prepared for this. The Petroglyphs were good to see. They are in excellent condition.

Thank ANewTravel
Los Angeles, California
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

It can be hot...and taking precautions is a good idea to insure a fun and safe trip. Over the years, the petroglyphs have warn a bit due to tourists making poor choices. Be respectful of the Hawaiian culture and aloha spirit. You will be amazed at the beauty. Might be closed due to volcanic smoke and/or flow. As always, it... More 

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