Remember that this is an area where molten rock has been flowing, most recently, for the past 10 or so years. It is not a cuddle the bears, moose, deer, antelope, pet/hug the trees, etc., kind of place.
In general, this National Park is a series of craters and lava flows (black to dark brown), live and residual trees locked in the rock/lava. It is a place that is changing daily and you can see the results in real time. This is a place of reality and the transformation of the earth's surface in real time not only as part of a book.
There are hundreds of miles of trails, many over black lava flows with very small plants beginning to grow in the cracks.
It is also a place of Orchids in bloom on the side of the road.
So it is not so much a place of "ask the Ranger", but a place to physically and mentally absorb the marvels of the ongoing creation of the plant.
Enjoy it for what it is! A must see on the BIG ISLAND!!!
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