Mohonk Preserve

Mohonk Preserve

Before You Arrive

Parking Lots Fill Early on Peak Weekends.

  • On summer and fall weekends, arrive early and consider carpooling.
  • Preserve members will not be able to park at the Mohonk Mountain House Gatehouse on busy weekends. Consider using the Preserve’s Spring Farm Trailhead instead.
  • Lots full? Don’t expect to park for long on the road: New York State Department of Transportation has posted ½-hour parking limits at the "Scenic Overlook" and "Hairpin Turn" located one mile north of the intersection of Routes 299 and 44/55 in the Town of Gardiner.
  • Solution: Use long-term parking lots at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center and at the West Trapps parking lot, located ½ mile and 1½ mile respectively from the intersection of Routes 299 and 44/55.
  • To help with parking, traffic in New Paltz, and to lighten your carbon footprint, consider using 511NYRideshare.

Plan Ahead for a Safe and Pleasant Visit.

  • Consider the length of your hike and the time you have before the Preserve closes at sunset.
  • Check the weather and dress accordingly.
  • Select a hike at the ability level of your group’s least experienced member.
  • Do your part: Day passes or annual membership are required to access the trails and carriage roads.
  • Keep this a safe and quiet haven: No glass, radios, or fires.
  • Help prevent plant damage and erosion: Stay on marked trails.

Bringing Your Dog?

  • Dogs are welcome to accompany you, but in keeping with our policies and New York State law, they must be on a leash and under your control at all times.
  • Leashes protect dogs from becoming lost and from wilderness hazards such as porcupines, bears, poisonous snakes, or sick, injured, or rabid animals.
  • Off-leash dogs often harass, injure, and sometimes kill wildlife. 
  • Unleashed dogs may also intimidate other visitors and their dogs, depriving them of the peace nature provides.
  • Tying a dog up at the bottom of a cliff while rock climbing does not constitute "under your control." Please consider leaving your dog at home while you climb or boulder.
  • A leashed-dog's keen senses can enhance your awareness of nearby wildlife or visitors.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the grounds of the neighboring Mohonk Mountain House, on Preserve carriage roads during cross-country ski season, or in any Preserve ponds or streams.
  • Please remove pet waste from the trail and carriage roads, which helps ensure a more pleasant experience for visitors and keep streams and other water systems clean.
  • Failure to leash your dog may result in a citation, impoundment, or revocation of Preserve use privileges.

Mohonk Preserve Policy on the Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems/Drones

Mohonk Preserve prohibits the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) otherwise known as unmanned aerial vehicles, drones, quad copters, radio-controlled model airplanes and/ or any other equipment of this type, on or above its property unless such use is approved through our permit application process. This policy supports our commitment to the protection of all wildlife (specifically in this context, birds of all species), and the safety and well-being of our visitors, as well as the quality of their personal experiences in nature. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, any and all use of drones for purposes such as aerial photography, videography and entertainment/recreational use.

Mohonk Preserve will accept applications for the operation of unmanned aerial systems for purposes such as conservation management, scientific research, mapping, authorized photo/film shoots, or other Preserve-related projects only. Applicants must carry general liability insurance coverage as specified on the application form. All applicants must operate their equipment in compliance with all federal, state and local statutes, regulations and ordinances governing the use of UAS and will provide documentation of such compliance to Mohonk Preserve upon request.

All drones weighing more than 0.55 pound but less than 55 pounds are required to be registered with the FAA. This link takes the applicant to the FAQs on the FAA registration website.

Permit Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If approved, Mohonk Preserve will issue a limited permit for the use of unmanned aerial systems for the specific project and time period for which the application was submitted.

The application (including a listing of Standard and Special Conditions for UAS Operations) can be viewed and printed here. The completed form shall be returned to: Jon Ross, Associate Director of Visitor Services, at