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The Mauna Kea State Recreation Area is a nice rest and picnic spot located along the Big Island’s Saddle Road. The rest area is about 6,500 feet (1,981 m) above sea level providing scenic views of both Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea volcanoes.

The surrounding area is mostly shrub land and nearby are popular pig and sheep hunting regions. The 20-acre recreation area and rest stop includes restrooms as well as drinking water.

Mauna Kea State Recreation Area is located at the 35 Mile Marker along Saddle Road (Hwy. 200) about 35 miles west of Hilo. The park is open daily.