Welcome to Waimea Canyon State Park
Waimea Canyon was formed when Kauaʻi’s original shield volcano, Waiʻaleʻale, slumped along an ancient fault line. The horizontal striations along the canyon walls represent successive volcanic eruptions. The red colors indicate where water has seeped through the rocks, creating mineral rust from the iron ore inside.
Drives here on a clear day are phenomenal. Don’t be disappointed by rain, as that’s what makes the waterfalls gush. Sunny days following rain are ideal for prime views, though slick mud makes hiking challenging at these times.