Winter Visits

There are some important things to consider when planning a trip to Maunakea during winter months.


  • Road will be closed at the Hale Pohaku level when snow or ice are present on the pavement
  • Road is always closed the morning after a snowfall
  • Road is always closed when snow removal equipment is in operation
  • Road will frequently be closed in the morning during winter months

It is always a good idea to check on the status of the road and the current weather and forecast for the mountain before planning your travel here.


  • There are limited parking areas on the mountain
  • Please park only in areas where two lanes of traffic are still able to pass
  • Stopping distances are greatly increased when snow or ice are present
  • Drivers should anticipate seeing a lot of vehicles and pedestrians on the road
  • Drive slowly and watch for pedestrians!
  • Use very low gear when driving downhill.  DON'T overuse the brakes!

Free Nightly Stargazing

FREE Nightly Stargazing & Star Tours

Open to everyone! Every night of the year from 6pm - 10pm MKVIS conducts star tours and operates several telescopes for public viewing by our knowledgeable guides.
Learn More about our Stargazing Program »

Escorted Summit Tours

Every Sat. & Sun. Bring your 4WD vehicle and join our free summit tour caravan. Tours will go into at least one of the observatories.
Details of Escorted Summit Tours »

Volunteer Program

Learn about astronomy and Mauna Kea as a volunteer. No experience required.
Volunteer Positions at MKVIS »

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