New rules curb haleakala sunrise crowd

HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK, Maui >> Well before dawn each morning, throngs of tourists from around the world make their way to Maui’s tallest peak, a dormant volcano, to see what Mark Twain called the “sublimest spectacle” he ever witnessed.

They drive up a long, winding road through clouds to an otherworldly, lava-rock landscape at 10,000 feet. Hardscaping aquarium Then they bundle up and take their place for a dazzling daybreak show.

“Just the sunrise from the top of the world — it’s pretty remarkable and incomparable,” Julia Grant of Mission, British Columbia, said on a recent visit after watching the sun peek out from the horizon and saturate the sky in endless shades of yellow, orange and red.

Over the past year the sunrise view from atop Haleakala — Hawaiian for “house of the sun” — has been attracting more than 1,000 people a day. Cbs sports fantasy baseball rankings The result, officials say, was a logjam of cars spilling out of the parking lots and onto the road, creating a safety hazard, and footsteps trampling sensitive habitat.

To address the problem, the National Park Service last week started requiring reservations and limiting the number of vehicles to the available parking spots, potentially cutting in half the number of early-morning visitors.

Sunrise viewing has long been popular at Haleakala, one of the main attractions at Haleakala National Park, despite morning temperatures that often dip into the 30s. Fantasy basketball rankings Red soil and lava rocks dominate the summit, and only a few hearty plants have adapted to the harsh, high-altitude conditions.

Overcrowding started becoming a problem roughly 15 years ago, park Superintendent Natalie Gates said. How to pitch a tent About a year ago it got worse, likely as more people learned about the stunning sunrise views from images shared on social media.

“If you ever went up there, you would see that fully half to three-quarters of our visitors who are watching the sunrise are either taking photos that they immediately broadcast to their friends or filming it,” Gates said.

The area at and near the summit has 150 parking spaces, but before the new system took effect, more than 300 rental cars and other vehicles often crammed onto Haleakala at daybreak. Backyard designs Drivers who couldn’t find a spot would park on the side of the road or on the road itself, blocking the way for emergency responders.

“It’s a dark place. Football games on tv It’s rocky. Football games online live And when people are moving away from crowds and trying to go off trail, often frequently stumbling around on cliff sides in the dark, we see trauma cases, altitude cases,” Gates said. Pitch bend midi “We sometimes see cardiac and other cases.”

Straying humans also tread on seedlings and root systems of the Haleakala silversword, a rare, bushlike plant with thick leaves. Garden of words english sub And they can disturb the ground nests of the Hawaiian petrel, an endangered seabird.

The system closes to sunrise viewers after the allotted 150 vehicles per morning have made their reservations. Paving calculator The proceeds will pay for administering the reservation program. Online football games People on guided tours won’t be affected, as tour companies fall under different regulations.

The change will require adjustments from people who don’t normally plan ahead, said Carol Clark, Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau spokeswoman. Football field But her agency contends the benefits far outweigh any inconvenience.

Why the extra fee? I regularly witness similar overcrowding at other National Parks, most notably Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Zion National Parks. Landscape depot In the case of Zion, the overcrowding has forced park management to institute a shuttle bus system to deal with the traffic congestion caused by overwhelming numbers of visitors. Cbs sports fantasy basketball In NONE of these parks are there extra fees imposed. Landscape definition art Why Haleakala? I think this is nothing more than an attempt to wring ever more money from the pockets of park-lovers, both residents and non-residents. Paving block Apparently, it’s a lot easier for National Park management at Haleakala to impose more fees than to add more visitor parking. Baseball league This ain’t rocket science, people. Asphalt paving process If you’re going to charge extra fees, then take that money and do some good with it: Add more parking instead of shutting people out, some of whom have travelled from the farthest reaches of the globe to experience Sunrise at Haleakala. Fastpitch softball pitching rules Really, how unimaginative can you get?