Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground
The campground is now open and accepting walk-ins. Reservations for the 2017 season are now accepted for dates beginning on April 27th.
Prices per campsite (up to two tents and four people):
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Created in partnership by the American Alpine Club, Mohonk Preserve, New York State OPRHP, and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, the Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground is a major addition to the Shawangunk Mountains region's lodging facilities.
The American Alpine Club and Mohonk Preserve are cooperatively managing the tent-camping only campground. Campground amenities include a pavilion and cooking area, bathhouse and restroom facilities, and circulation trails. There are 24 drive-in spots (one vehicle per site) and 26 walk-in spots. All sites accommodate up to two tents (and four people) per pad. Recreational vehicles are not permitted.
The campground will is open April through November, weather permitting. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Located on Route 299 near the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center, the campground is within walking distance of the Preserve's Trapps and Near Trapps, home to hundreds of rock climbs and miles of historic carriage roads and hiking trails. Long-time Gardiner resident and climbing guide Paul Curran is manager of the Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground.
On June 3, 2015, the campround was the site of a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the launch of this important addition to the region’s lodging facilities.
The Palisades Interstate Park Commission, American Alpine Club and Mohonk Preserve welcomed over 75 guests to the event, including members of campground namesake Sam Pryor’s family, along with state and local officials, and local businesses and neighbors.
Featured speakers included New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey, Palisades Interstate Park Commission Executive Director James Hall, Open Space Institute Senior Vice President and Director for Alliance of State Parks Erik Kulleseid, American Alpine Club Executive Director Phil Powers, and Mohonk Preserve Executive Director Glenn Hoagland.
“This new campground adds an exciting new amenity to the visitors who travel from near and far to take advantage of the spectacular recreational opportunities at Minnewaska State Park Preserve and Mohonk Preserve, and it is a fitting legacy to Sam Pryor who devoted his life to the conservation of this land and ensuring access for all to enjoy its trails, climbs, and natural resources,” said Commissioner Harvey. “The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation looks forward to continuing our partnership with Mohonk Preserve and American Alpine Club and we are thrilled to welcome campers to this beautiful location.”
During the 20-year process to establish the campground, the Open Space Institute assembled and protected nearly 200 acres in the “Trapps Gateway” area of the Gunks. From this assemblage, OSI acquired the campground land for $300,000 and donated it to New York State Parks. During construction, OSI also contributed $250,000 in capital funding toward the project.
“This new campground, which will bring visitors closer to the spectacular Shawangunk Ridge landscape and enrich their overall experience, is a fitting tribute to our friend Sam Pryor,” said Open Space Institute Senior Vice President Erik Kulleseid. “Through our original acquisition of this property and our financial support of the campground, OSI is proud to have played a role in this exciting project and it is gratifying to see this long-time dream become a reality. I congratulate our conservation partners, including New York State Parks, PIPC, Mohonk Preserve, and the American Alpine Club, for their steadfast commitment to this project.”
The American Alpine Club, which is partnering with Mohonk Preserve to manage the campground, also manages the Hueco Rock Ranch, New River Gorge Campground, and Grand Teton Climbers' Ranch as part of a larger lodging network for climbers.
"We're excited that this facility, like others in the American Alpine Club network, is built to be easy on the land and good for the community,” said American Alpine Club Executive Director Phil Powers. “Central gathering places enhance the chances for good conversation while reducing noise and light near other campers and neighbors. The Palisades Interstate Park Commission did an excellent job with this design."
“It takes a region,” said Mohonk Preserve Executive Director Glenn Hoagland. “This project demonstrates state, regional and local collaboration at its best, from neighbors and town officials, to recreational advocates and state agencies, to nonprofit organizations and the leadership of Sam Pryor.”