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Mauna Kea State Recreation Area: Tours & Tickets

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Saddle Road, 35 mile marker, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96721
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All reviews saddle road mauna kea rest area ramen noodles arnotts lodge the sun set picnic area feet above sea level four wheel drive visitor center nice place to stop the big island parking lot summit restrooms playground clouds
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The rest area was was quiet pleasant area to enjoy the view. It appears that they had cabin for rent but it was not renting season. We were not able to visit the summit because of the "Protectors." They shared much knowledge about why they...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed August 17, 2019

We were unable to go to Mauna Kea because it was closed , due to protesters. When we drove up, we stopped and spoke to the protesters. They were so welcoming, educated us and even offered us food. They have been camping out there for...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Wanda C
Reviewed June 4, 2019

Incredible place to visit. Where else can you drive to the top of an almost 14k foot mountain?! Would DEFINITELY recommend going with a dedicated tour operator, however, as the road up the mountain is one lane and littered with incredibly sharp rocks. You break...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank EmBentley
Reviewed March 7, 2019 via mobile

Absolute must do on the big island. Went with arnotts lodge. Breathtaking views from the summit with blue skies above and white sheet of clouds below. Defo stay for sunset.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank anthonysolanky
Reviewed January 27, 2019 via mobile

We went on a clear day in January. Despite what some of the other reviews say, 4WD is an absolute must! The unpaved section of the road was quite rough and the trip back down required our absolute lowest gears to avoid brake burnout. That...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank CristinEmrick
Reviewed December 26, 2018

We pulled over as we thought that this was some sort of a park as we were driving by. There was a clean restroom, like you would have off of an interstate. The rest of the place was locked up. The main visitor center was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ann C
Reviewed December 17, 2018

Private tour with Tours by Locals tour guide Scott W. Cold and windy at the top but definitely worth the view!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank blkutzing
Reviewed December 3, 2018

A pleasant park to take a break, have a picnic or just to let the kids run off some steam. There are restrooms here and they were clean when we went. On one side is a picnic area and the is a play area not...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank parrottdize
Reviewed November 6, 2018

For many years this place was my driving break as I headed across the saddle road. It has nice bathrooms and if you have kids it has a very nice playground with modern equipment. I know there are cabins for rent but we've never stayed...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TedinAppleton
Reviewed October 29, 2018

Must Go. We arrived about 45 minutes before sunset and walked around. The telescopes are way cool especially when they open up. Then the sun set. OMGeeeee. We simply stared in amazement. This was definitely a highlight moment of our trip. The drive to top...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from Jim W | Reviewed this property |
There was a little snow when we were there. You can see a nice sunsets on a clear day, but the best sunset is at the top of Mauna Kea. The visitor's center (at 9,000 ft.) has nice telescopes set up at night and they will... More