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For a list of frequently asked questions about the Preserve's phased reopening, please click here.


The new Testimonial Gateway Trailhead will open on Saturday, May 23 at 7 a.m. for Preserve members and 9 a.m. for day-use visitors. Click here for more information on the Testimonial Gateway Trailhead.


PHASED REOPENING Update from Mohonk Preserve

A Message from Mohonk Preserve President & CEO Kevin Case

I'm happy to share some good news. Mohonk Preserve will begin a phased reopening to its members and the community on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

Since our temporary closure, the Preserve staff has been working on a plan to safely welcome visitors back to the land, while also respecting New York State guidelines for limiting regional travel and large gatherings. After careful consideration and in consultation with state and local officials, the Preserve will reopen the Visitor Center, West Trapps, East Trapps Connector, Spring Farm, and Upper Duck Pond Trailheads beginning on May 20. The Coxing Trailhead remains closed.

In grateful recognition of Mohonk Preserve members’ support, the Preserve will be piloting a new benefit – Member Mornings – featuring members-only parking at the West Trapps, Spring Farm and Testimonial Gateway Trailheads from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., though June 29, 2020. Also, due to the temporary closure, the Preserve is extending Preserve memberships with an expiration date after March 2020 by two months. The Preserve offers online purchase of memberships and renewals at

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.
  • Permitted activities include walking, hiking, running, and cycling. Rock climbing, bouldering and horse trailers are not permitted at this time (please see details below).
  • Offering touchless transactions with credit or debit cards.
  • There are limited restroom facilities – please plan accordingly.
  • 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 is limited, and lots will be closed and gated at 7 p.m.

We will closely monitor observance of our new operating guidelines. Cooperation with these protocols will allow us to continue to safely welcome members and visitors to Preserve lands.

The Preserve is working closely with the Access Fund, local climbing organizations, and regional climbing locations on a plan to safely reintroduce climbing and bouldering at a later date. Also, due to limited parking capacity, horse trailer parking is not available during this phase of the reopening.

We very grateful to our members and the local community for their support during this difficult time and we look forward to welcoming everyone back onto the land beginning on Wednesday, May 20.

Kevin Case
Mohonk Preserve President and CEO


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 and events are being reevaluated and many are being moved to a virtual format.
  • For more information about Rock The Ridge, click here. For more information about Bridge-2-Bridge, click here.
  • We will be providing updated public information on this page regarding any changes

Again, 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 resources for information about COVID-19: 

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

Photos: Banner photo by Stephen D. Stewart-Hill; Hike by Jane Vecchione; Bike by Renee Zernitsky; Climb by Tom Weiner; Horseback Ride by Renee Zernitsky; Run by Tom Weiner; Ski/Snowshoe by Tom Weiner