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TRAILHEAD INFORMATION
Trailheads open daily at 7 am for members and 9 am for day-use visitors. The Visitor Center is open from 9-5 daily. Please note that Preserve lands and trailheads close at sunset. For more information about visiting the Preserve, including trailhead information and COVID-19 protocols, 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. .
  • Other trailheads will  open daily from 7 a.m. for members and  9 a.m. for day-use visitors. Trailheads close at sunset.

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  

EQUESTRIAN ACCESS PAUSED THROUGH MAY

Due to the still-soft ground surfaces and wet spring weather, we are experiencing significant erosion and posthole damage to our carriage roads and access areas from equestrian use. This has resulted in conditions that are unsafe for equestrians and unsustainable for Preserve lands. To allow time for the ground to sufficiently dry and harden and for staff to restore the damaged areas, we will be temporarily pausing equestrian access until the end of May. For more information, click here.

2021 PEREGRINE FALCON CLIMBING CLOSURE

March 20, 2021 — Peregrine Falcon breeding season is underway at Mohonk Preserve and we now have confirmed nesting activity at Bonticou, Millbrook and the Trapps. As a result, we are announcing the following temporary climbing-route closures, effective as of March 20, 2021: 

  • Trapps Cliff – no climbing between and including Overhanging Layback (5.7) and Brave Valkyrie (5.5).
  • Millbrook Ridge – 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. For updates on the Peregrines, click here.

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 as they continue to enjoy the hundreds of unrestricted climbing routes available at Mohonk Preserve.

 

LENAPE LANE BRIDGE UPDATE
The Lenape Lane Bridge is now open for pedestrians and cyclists. Thanks to everyone for your patience and support during the temporary closure!

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 Tom Weiner