Waimea Canyon State Park: Red Dirt Falls

IMG_5396Welcome back to National Parks and other public lands with T! IMG_5406As we began to ascend into Waimea Canyon State Park, our guide pulled to the side of the road on the right. We walked a short way to an overlook of the beginning of the canyon, with views stretching back towards the ocean.IMG_5407A little further up the road on the left near the 1500 ft elevation sign, we got out to wander a landscape that looked like it belonged in Southwest Utah.  We were lucky to find the Red Dirt Falls flowing as it is seasonal and dries up at certain times of the year.IMG_5399Waimea means ‘red water’ in Hawaiian. The soil gets its red color from the oxidation of iron in the rock over time. Kauai is volcanic, like the other Hawaiian islands, but was formed first, so the soil has had more time to break down.IMG_5400

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Location: Waimea Canyon Dr, Waimea, HI 96796 (mile marker 23)

Designation: State Park

Date of my visit: April 19, 2019

15 thoughts on “Waimea Canyon State Park: Red Dirt Falls

  1. On our family trips whenever we were driving through areas with red soil or rock, my sister would get nauseous. For some reason the scenery would make her car sick.

      1. I suspect it was because she didn’t like ketchup so the red soil (which reminded her of ketchup) coupled with a moving car sort of turned her stomach.

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