Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Every year we take the pooches to Volcano area for a few days and try out a new dog-friendly vacation rental (There are many, and here are just a handful of the ones we have checked out: http://lavadogshawaii.com/dog-friendly-lodging/). While the Hawai’i Volcanoes NP allows pets in the park, they are prohibited on any hiking trails…Bummer, I know, but it is for the protection of the federally-protected, endangered Nene goose, which nest in the Park. We take our dogs there on one day during our trip, and we enjoy driving through the park, walking with them on leash from the visitor center parking lot toward the sulfur vents. And then we drive and stop periodically in parking lots with overlooks, including the Jaggar Museum (allowed at the overlook only, not inside the museum). ( **PLEASE NOTE: Pets are no longer allowed at the end of Chain of Craters Road where Holei Sea Arch is located. There are many that rely on this area for feeding and nesting habitat, and they’ve had an increase in goslings lately, too.) The second day of our visit, we leave the dogs at the vacation rental and go back to hike the trails on our own. Looking for dog-friendly restaurants in Volcano? You’re in luck! There are two great ones: Cafe Ono and Cafe Ohia (outdoor only). We also discovered during our February 2017 visit that Volcano Winery tasting room allows leashed dogs! Unfortunately, the Sunday morning farmers’ market (6:00 am – 10:00 am) at Cooper Center in Volcano Village does not allow dogs. But sneak over there without the dogs for their delicious breakfast sandwiches (before they run out!) and 100% Hawaii coffee…It’s worth it!
In accordance to Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations Section 2.15-PETS, the following provisions apply to all lands and waters administered by the National Park Service, within the boundaries of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The 2016 Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Superintendent’s Compendium went into effect on October 3, 2016.
Pets on a leash that is a maximum of 6 feet in length are PERMITTED in the following areas (Also see Map G – Click on map to enlarge):
- At all parking areas and surrounding curbs, excluding any parking areas on Hilina Pali Road.
- On Crater Rim Drive, in areas open to cars.
- On the Chain of Craters Road down to Pu’u Loa Petroglyphs (Note: just to the parking lot, not on the actual trail).
- At Namakanipaio Campground.
- On Mauna Loa Road (also called the “Strip” Road).
- On Highway 11
- At the Kilauea Military Camp:
- On paved roads and parking areas
- At the picnic area, up to the park ball field gate
- At the Kahuku Unit:
- In “Developed Areas” that include the open fields adjacent to the Visitor Contact Station and other park buildings and the area that extends to the boundary of the forested areas up to and not including Pu’u o Lokuana
- On the Road from Highway 11 up to the Trail Head intersection of Pu’u o Lokuana.
- Visitors are encouraged to check with the Kahuku staff for clarification of these areas
Pets are PROHIBITED in the following areas:
- In all undeveloped areas of the Park, including all designated wilderness areas and backcountry trails.
- On all front-country trails, including unpaved and paved trails with boardwalks.
- On all roads marked on the map as “Roads” that are only used for authorized vehicles. Roads intended for administrative use are considered “trails” and are therefore closed to pets.
- Along Chain of Craters Road from Pu’u Loa Petroglyphs to the Eastern boundary in order to protect the federally endangered Nene (Hawaiian Goose).
- On the Ainahou access road.
- On the entire Hilina Pali Road (including at the Kulanaokuaiki Campground and at Kipuka Nene) in order to protect the federally endangered Nene.