Visiting Mauna Kea
Mauna Kea attracts thousands of visitors and astronomers every year. Mauna Kea's altitude and isolation in the middle of the Pacific ocean make it an ideal location for astronomical observation. Currently there are 13 independent multi-national astronomical research facilities located on the summit. While the summit is open to the public, the summit telescope facilities are closed to visitors. Visitors will frequently ascend the summit to watch the sunset, then return to the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station for free nightly star gazing with public telescopes operated by knowlegable star-guides. The Visitor Information Station also hosts special Saturday night presentations on astronomy and culture. Browse this section to learn more about what you can experience and expect on your visit to Mauna Kea!
Printable brochure on "Visiting Mauna Kea Safely and Responsibly" (includes map of Summit road and trail)