AP PHOTOS: Famed Maui sunrise spot now requires reservations

A couple watches as the sun rises in front of the summit of Haleakala volcano in Haleakala National Park on Hawaii's island of Maui, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. 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. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
People watch as the sun rises in front of the summit of Haleakala volcano in Haleakala National Park on Hawaii's island of Maui, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. Reservations can be made up to two months in advance at the website recreation.gov. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
In this photo taken with a long exposure, cars drive up the access road to the summit of Haleakala volcano in Haleakala National Park hours before sunrise on Hawaii’s island of Maui, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. The long winding drive leads to the summit at 10,000 feet. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
The sun rises over the clouds in front of the summit of Haleakala volcano in Haleakala National Park on Hawaii's island of Maui, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. Park officials say the sunrise on Haleakala attracts over a thousand people a day, resulting in an overload of visitors and creating a safety hazard. As a result, anyone wanting to see the sunrise on the summit will now be required to make reservations in advance and pay a small fee. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
Stars shine before sunrise over the Haleakala Observatory in Haleakala National Park on Hawaii's island of Maui, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. Park officials say the sunrise on Haleakala attracts over a thousand people a day, resulting in an overload of visitors and creating a safety hazard. As a result, anyone wanting to see the sunrise on the summit will now be required to make reservations in advance and pay a small fee. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
Light reflects off the clouds shortly after sunrise in front of the summit of Haleakala volcano in Haleakala National Park on Hawaii's island of Maui, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. Mark Twain called the daily phenomenon the “sublimest spectacle” he ever witnessed. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
Clouds hang below the summit of Haleakala volcano in Haleakala National Park on Hawaii's island of Maui, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Park officials say the sunrise on Haleakala attracts over a thousand people a day, resulting in an overload of visitors and creating a safety hazard. As a result, anyone wanting to see the sunrise on the summit will now be required to make reservations in advance and pay a small fee. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
The sun rises in front of the summit of Haleakala volcano in Haleakala National Park on Hawaii's island of Maui, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Park officials say the sunrise on Haleakala attracts over a thousand people a day, resulting in an overload of visitors and creating a safety hazard. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
The moon hangs above the horizon as the glow of the sun begins to fill the sky in front of the summit of Haleakala volcano in Haleakala National Park on Hawaii's island of Maui, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Park officials say the sunrise on Haleakala attracts over a thousand people a day, resulting in an overload of visitors and creating a safety hazard. As a result, anyone wanting to see the sunrise on the summit will now be required to make reservations in advance and pay a small fee. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
People gather ahead of the sunrise on the summit of Haleakala volcano in Haleakala National Park on Hawaii's island of Maui, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. Mark Twain called the daily phenomenon the “sublimest spectacle” he ever witnessed. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
The sun rises in front of the summit of Haleakala volcano in Haleakala National Park on Hawaii's island of Maui, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. Park officials say the sunrise on Haleakala attracts over a thousand people a day, resulting in an overload of visitors and creating a safety hazard. As a result, anyone wanting to see the sunrise on the summit will now be required to make reservations in advance and pay a small fee. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
Polly Angelakis, Chief of Interpretation and Education at Haleakala National Park, stands on the summit of Haleakala volcano shortly after sunrise on Hawaii's island of Maui, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Under a new system, those driving to the summit between 3 and 7 a.m. need reservations, which cost $1.50 per car plus the $20 entrance fee for the park. The proceeds will pay for the expense of administering the reservation program. People on guided tours won’t be affected as tour companies fall under different regulations. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii — The view of the sunrise from above the clouds on Maui's tallest peak has been described as breathtaking, remarkable and sublime.

The experience at Haleakala volcano is so popular that overcrowding started becoming a problem over a decade ago. It got even worse in the past year as tourists from around the world posted pictures online.

To address the problem, the National Park Service this week started requiring reservations and limiting the number of cars at the summit — potentially cutting in half the number of visitors in the early morning hours.

The goal is to keep tourists and staff safe and to protect Haleakala National Park's natural and cultural resources, said Polly Angelakis, the park's chief of interpretation and education.

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