Ski/Snowshoe

Enjoy the serenity of our woods in winter

… including ice flows sculpted by nature on rocks and in streams, branches sporting winter coats of snow, and the tap-tap-tap of a hungry woodpecker as a break in the welcomed silence. You’ll also enjoy:

  • Access to over 100 miles of carriage roads and trails in the Gunks (as the Shawangunks are known), including linkages onto the adjacent Minnewaska State Park Preserve and the Mohonk Mountain House resort
  • Incomparable and varied scenery ranging from valley views to open, snowy fields
  • Varied topography to meet the needs of novice and experienced visitors

Miles and miles of trails …
Groomed cross-country skiing is available only occasionally and on select carriage roads only. Ungroomed, backcountry skiing is available on all other trails. Visitors may snowshoe on any trails or carriage roads on the Preserve, but should stay out of ski tracks.  

Is there a fee?
Yes. You can join online now, or you can buy a day pass or membership at a trailhead or at the Visitor Center.

Please note these winter regulations: 

  • All Preserve trails and some carriage roads are always open to non-skiers, such as Undercliff and Trapps Carriage Roads (from West Trapps Trailhead) and Farm Road and posted sections of Spring Farm Carriage Road (from Spring Farm Trailhead).
  • Please respect the signage and barriers in place when any carriage road access is restricted for use by skiers and snowshoers.
  • Don’t walk or bring your dog on carriage roads that have been groomed. Hiking on groomed trails creates “foot potholes” that can cause skiers to fall; they are also hard to fix and make the snow melt quicker. Hikers on groomed trails will be asked to leave. 
  • Horseback riding isn’t allowed when trails are open for skiing or snowshoeing. Please call to find out if the Preserve is open for horseback riding on particular winter days (845) 255-0919.

The Preserve has no equipment rentals on site. You can get rentals nearby from outdoor equipment shops like Rock and Snow in New Paltz, or Eastern Mountain Sports in Gardiner. 

How can I help make sure that these skiing and snowshoeing trails are here for the next generation to enjoy?

Please share with us the responsibility for keeping this a beautiful and peaceful place.

  • Become a member today. Be our partner in preserving the ridge!
  • Volunteer as a trailkeeper, backcountry patroller, bike patroller, or interpretive guide.
  • Donate to the Thom Scheuer Memorial Fund for Land Stewardship, which is used to maintain the Preserve’s carriage roads, trails and trailheads.