Mohonk Preserve Foothills Update -  Testimonial Gateway Trailhead:  Our contractor, Trinity Construction, is now onsite and work will continue through May 2020 on the Testimonial Gateway Trailhead, which will include off-road parking, entry booths, restrooms, landscaping and signage. Stabilization work on the Testimonial Gateway Tower roof, windows and selected masonry will also begin soon. Please note that the Testimonial Gateway Tower area is closed from Route 299 and Gate House Road to the beginning of the Pin Oak Allee and construction fencing and flagging are in place. Access to the Pin Oak Allee area will be intermittent as this portion of the Lenape Lane Carriage Road is restored. Please avoid all active work areas, construction vehicles and equipment and respect all posted closures.

The week of August 12, NYC Department of Environmental Protection will be working on burying aqueduct waterlines under Lenape Lane and Lower Duck Pond Carriage Roads to support the Village of New Paltz's reservoir. Pedestrians may access these roads during the installation, but please be alert for construction vehicles and equipment and observe DEP instructions regarding passage.

We will keep you updated on our progress and look forward to welcoming everyone to our new trailhead upon completion. Click here for more information on the Mohonk Preserve Foothills Project.

River-to-Ridge Trail - Trail work is being finalized on the River-to-Ridge Trail extension into the Mohonk Preserve Foothills in coordination with the Open Space Institute. Signage is under development and will be installed soon. Please avoid all active work areas, construction vehicles and equipment. 


UPDATE JULY 9, 2019 — Unfortunately, the Peregrine Falcon nest at Millbrook has not succeeded. Peregrine nests can fail for several reasons, including predation, temperature changes, and human or animal disturbance. At this point, we don't have any specific information on what caused the nest failure.

As a result of this development, the temporary climbing restrictions in the Millbrook area have been removed.

Please note that courtship activity is being observed at The Sunbowl area in the Northern Preserve and temporary climbing restrictions are still in effect at that location.

To help protect the nesting Peregrine Falcons:

  • DO NOT use ascent trails or rappel routes that access this area.
  • 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 this closure.

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

For more information and updates, visit

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 Kate Schoonmaker