ALOHA!

 

So you’re headed to the Iao Valley state monument to see the iconic Iao Valley “needle”!

 

How to get to Iao Valley State Park. How to get to Iao needle trailhead parking. Getting to Iao Valley State Park. Maui Hawaii travel blog

How to get to Iao Valley State Park. How to get to Iao needle trailhead parking. Getting to Iao Valley State Park. Maui Hawaii travel blog

Getting to Iao Valley State Park. Maui Hawaii travel blog

Getting to Iao Valley State Park. Maui Hawaii travel blog

Getting to Iao Valley State Park. Maui Hawaii travel blog

Getting to Iao Valley State Park. Maui Hawaii travel blog

 

 

I made a visit to Iao Valley state park in January 2020 and this is based on my experience. Parking situations can change!

 

Getting to Iao Valley State Park. Driving to Iao Valley state monument needle. parking fee. Maui Hawaii travel blog

 

There are basically 2 options for parking:

  • Free parking on the side of the road leading up to the state park
  • $10 parking fee at the parking lot

 

More below on getting to Iao Valley State Park!

 

 

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IMPORTANT!!! If you wanted to see the famous Iao Valley in the West Maui Mountains, unfortunately that won't be possible from August 2022 and the rest of the year. Check the Hawaii State Parks website to confirm.

 

 

So…

Where is the free parking at Iao Valley state park?

Getting to Iao Valley State Park. Where is free parking. entry fee. Maui Hawaii travel blog

 

So once you get close to Iao Valley State Park, you’ll start to see signs for the state park.

You’ll then basically just drive to the end of the road.

Then if you’re arriving at a time where there are a bunch of people there, then you’ll see cars parked on the side of the road before you even see the entrance to the state park.

 

Getting to Iao Valley State Park. Where is free parking. entry fee. Maui Hawaii travel blog

 

And it’s around here that you’ll park to get the free parking!

So you’ll be parking on the shoulder.

Or, if you don’t mind a $10 parking fee, you can keep driving to find a parking spot at the official Iao Valley State Monument parking lot.

 

Getting to Iao Valley State Park entrance. entry fee. Maui Hawaii travel blog

Getting to Iao Valley State Park entrance. entry fee. Maui Hawaii travel blog

Getting to Iao Valley State Park entrance. entry fee. Maui Hawaii travel blog

 

But just know that the difference between paying for parking and not paying for parking is determined by which side of the yellow gate you park on!

If you go past the yellow gates, you’ll enter the paid parking area.

 

 

Iao Valley State Park entry fee

Getting to Iao Valley State Park entry parking fee. Maui Hawaii travel blog
Old entry fee!

 

 

Cost of Iao Valley State Park entry in 2021

The parking fee is $10 per vehicle.

Aside from the parking fee, there is an entry fee of $5 per person for Iao Valley State Park. This is new in 2021. (There used to be no entry fee if you arrived on foot.) You can check for current entry fees here.

 

Getting to Iao Valley State Park hours. Maui Hawaii travel blog

 

And that’s a bit about parking at Iao Valley!

 

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HAPPY DRIVING IAO VALLEY ROAD TO THE STATE PARK!

 

How to get to Iao Valley State Park. How to get to Iao needle trailhead parking. Getting to Iao Valley State Park. Maui Hawaii travel blog

 

 

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