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TRAILHEAD INFORMATION

Trailheads open at 7 am for members and 9 am for day-use visitors. The Visitor Center is open from 9 am to 5 pm.  For a list of trailheads, click here. Please note that all trailhead parking lots will be closed and locked at 7 pm. 

PLEASE NOTE: PUBLIC NUDITY PROHIBITED

Due to land and visitor management issues and in accordance with New York State Law, public nudity is prohibited at Mohonk Preserve. For more information, please click here.

TESTIMONIAL GATEWAY TRAILHEAD

The new Testimonial Gateway Trailhead opened on Saturday, May 23, 2020! For more information about the Testimonial Gateway Trailhead, please click here

Join the Preserve team! We seek a detail-oriented person with diverse maintenance skills to fill the position of Seasonal Janitor - Part Time. Click here to read the position announcement.

IMMEDIATE OPENING: Join the Preserve Team! We seek friendly candidates who enjoy being outdoors to fill the seasonal position of Trailhead Assistant. For more information, please click here to read the position announcement.

2020 PEREGRINE FALCON CLIMBING CLOSURE

JUNE 16, 2020 — Peregrine Falcon breeding season is underway at Mohonk Preserve and we now have confirmed fledgling activity at Millbrook, and potential nesting activity at Bonticou. As a result, we are announcing the following temporary climbing-route and bouldering closures: 

Due to nesting Peregrine Falcons, the following areas are temporarily closed to rock climbing. The closure is in effect as of June 16, 2020.

  • Millbrook: Hiking only on the Millbrook Ridge Trail and no cliff access south of Westward Ha!.
  • Bonticou Crag: No climbing in the area known as The Sunbowl.

To help protect the nesting Peregrine Falcons:

  • DO NOT use ascent trails or rappel routes that access these areas.
  • DO NOT use the trails at the top of the cliff in the closure area.
  • DO NOT use the section of the cliff base climbers trail between these routes.
  • PLEASE refrain from excessive noise making while in the vicinity of these closures.

Peregrine Falcons are listed by the State of New York as an Endangered Species and we are legally obligated to protect their nesting areas at Mohonk Preserve. The Peregrine breeding season may possibly run through late summer.

The Preserve has worked collaboratively with the climbing community for decades to help protect the Peregrine Falcons and appreciates their support of our conservation mission. For more information about our Peregrine Watch program, please click here.

 

COVID-19 VISITATION PROTOCOLS

In accordance with state and CDC guidelines and to ensure the health and safety of members, visitors and staff, Mohonk Preserve has instituted several important protocols for visitation, including:

  • Please recreate close to home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Visitors are required to wear face coverings upon entry.
  • Visitors are required to maintain at least a 6-foot distance from others.
  • No congregating or large groups.
  • Offering touchless transactions with credit or debit cards.
  • The Visitor Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends with reduced parking capacity.
  • Other trailheads will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for members and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for day-use visitors.
  • Trailhead parking lots will be closed and gated at 7 p.m.

PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

We have implemented the following operational changes to help mitigate the community spread of COVID-19 and protect our staff, members and visitors:

  • All programs are being rescheduled or reimagined as virtual events.
  • For more information about Rock The Ridge, click here. For more information about  the Pfalz Point Trail Challenge, click here.
  • We will be providing updated public information on this page and at www.mohonkpreserve.org/visit regarding any changes

Thank you for your continued support of our mission. All of us at Mohonk Preserve are so grateful to our visitors, members, volunteers, supporters, and local community. We truly are all in this together.

Following please find links to additional resources for information about COVID-19: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
NYS Dept. of Health
Ulster County Government  

Duck Pond Update - DEC has completed their assessment of  Duck Pond's infrastructure and the Preserve is working with engineers to develop a plan for repairs. Due to fluctuating water levels, the pond is especially dangerous - please stay off of the pond surface and, as always, be sure to keep all dogs on leash.

Drones and other Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) -  Please remember that Mohonk Preserve prohibits the use of drones and other unmanned aerial systems (UAS) on or above Preserve lands 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. For more information, click here.

Banner Photo by Stephen D. Stewart-Hill