UPDATE: Portions of HVNP Close Amid Government Shutdown

Updated on January 21 at 12:45 p.m. to include additional closure details. 

Due to the lapse in federal appropriations and the ongoing eruption of Kīlauea Volcano both at the summit and from the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent, portions of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park are closed for visitor safety, HVNP Officials announced on Saturday,

The open areas include Highway 11 through the park and Mauna Loa Road to Kīpukapuaulu (Kīpukapuaulu Trail, the day-use area and tree molds are open). Ka‘ū Desert Trail is open to the Footprints exhibit shelter. However, access may change without notice, and there are no NPS-provided services. Backcountry permits will not be issued and overnight camping will not be permitted.

The hazardous geologic processes and the immediate threats to visitor health and safety necessitate the restriction of access to areas that are volcanically active.  These closed areas include the entire summit area of Kīlauea, the main park entrance, Crater Rim Drive, Chain of Craters Road and the active 61g lava flow within the park boundary.

Guests at Volcano House and Kilauea Military Camp must depart the park by Monday morning. Volcano Art Center Gallery is also closed.

The hazards associated with the active Kīlauea Volcano pose a significant risk to the safety of visitors in the absence of National Park Service staff.

Many other national park sites across the country will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.

Click here and select “Find a Park” for additional information about access to other parks and sites in Hawai‘i. However, note that because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions.

File photo courtesy of HVNP.