Ski & Snowshoe

Enjoy the serenity of our woods in winter

…including ice flows sculpted by nature on rocks and in streams, branches sporting winter coats of snow, and the tap-tap-tap of a hungry woodpecker as a break in the welcomed silence. You’ll also enjoy:

  • Access to carriage roads and trails, including linkages onto the adjacent Mohonk Mountain House resort. (Please note that Minnewaska State Park Preserve charges a separate per-person fee for skiing on the carriage roads on their property.)
  • Incomparable and varied scenery ranging from valley views to open, snowy fields
  • Varied topography to meet the needs of novice and experienced visitors
  • See our suggested ski and snowshoe routes.

Miles and miles of trails …

Groomed cross-country skiing is available only occasionally and on select carriage roads only. Ungroomed, backcountry skiing is available on all other trails. Visitors may snowshoe on any trails or carriage roads on the Preserve, but should stay out of ski tracks.

Since 2015, the preserve has teamed with our colleagues at OSI to expand opportunities for local cross-country skiers by managing grooming of free, seasonal trails on OSI’s Wallkill Flats property in New Paltz.

At the Preserve, we are also offering additional groomed trails around our Spring Farm Trailhead and on the Trapps Carriage Road.

Is there a fee for skiing/snowshoeing on Mohonk Preserve lands?

Yes. You can join online now, or you can buy a day pass or membership at a trailhead or at the Visitor Center.

Please note these winter regulations: 

  • All Preserve trails and some carriage roads are always open to non-skiers, such as Undercliff and Trapps Carriage Roads (from West Trapps Trailhead) and Farm Road and posted sections of Spring Farm Carriage Road (from Spring Farm Trailhead).
  • Please respect the signage and barriers in place when any carriage road access is restricted for use by skiers and snowshoers.
  • Don’t walk or bring your dog on carriage roads that have been groomed. Hiking on groomed trails creates “foot potholes” that can cause skiers to fall; they are also hard to fix and make the snow melt quicker. Hikers on groomed trails will be asked to leave. 
  • Horseback riding isn’t allowed when trails are open for skiing or snowshoeing. Please call to find out if the Preserve is open for horseback riding on particular winter days (845) 255-0919.
  • The Preserve has no equipment rentals on site. You can get rentals nearby from outdoor equipment shops like Rock and Snow in New Paltz, or Eastern Mountain Sports in Gardiner. 

Thanks to Patagonia Meatpacking for generously supporting our Rangers' winter rescue efforts!

How can I help make sure that these skiing and snowshoeing trails are here for the next generation to enjoy?

Please share with us the responsibility for keeping this a beautiful and peaceful place.

  • Become a member today. Be our partner in preserving the ridge!
  • Volunteer as a trailkeeper, backcountry ski patroller, bike patroller, or interpretive guide.
  • Donate to the Thom Scheuer Memorial Fund for Land Stewardship, which is used to maintain the Preserve’s carriage roads, trails and trailheads.

Banner Photo by Renee Zernitsky