Waimea Canyon Kauai

Waimea Canyon in west Kauai, dubbed "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific",  and truly a dramatic sight to behold. The canyon measures 10 miles long, 1 mile wide, and more than 3,500 feet deep.Waimea Canyon Kauai4

It was carved thousands of years ago by rivers and floods that flowed from Mount Waialeale's summit. The lines in the canyon walls depict different volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have occurred over the centuries.

Even though smaller than the Grand Canyon of Arizona, Waimea Canyon rivals in beauty.  

Numerous lookouts and hikes offer terrific views of every aspect of this natural wonder.  The best viewing of the canyon is in the morning's "magic hour".  waimea canyon

The canyon is protected by the Koke'e State Park which encompasses 4,345 acres of land and has 45 miles of trails that run through it and the nearby Alakai Swamp.Waimea Canyon Kauai3

The Ranger's Station is located at the Koke'e Museum and has hiking maps of the area. Excellent photo opportunities are at every turn.Waimea Canyon Kauai9

Waimea Canyon Road travels the canyon and provides excellent lookouts of the gorge.

The main park area provides restrooms.  No gas stations are located along this road  so be sure to fill up before starting the trip.  Best place is in the town of Waimea.  waimea canyon2

Certain trails require a state permit before hiking.  Camping available at Koke'e Campground -Hale Koa Cabins also available.   808-335-5290 for information and reservations.   For weather information,  call 808-245-6001.


Southeastern Kauai past Waimea town.

Useful Information:

Take Highway 50 west from Hanapepe toward Waimea. Waimea Canyon Drive is on the right just past Mile Marker #23. The road travels through the canyon area and ends at Pu'u o Kila Lookout. Makaha Ridge Road runs off Waimea Canyon Road just before Mile Market #14 and travels to more sceneic lookouts. Numerous lookouts and trails lead off of these two roads.

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