Gunks Frequently Asked Questions

When will the Gunks Gateway Campground be open during the 2017 season?

Opening day is typically in mid-April, and closing day falls in mid-November.  

Can I request a specific site? Can you put me next to my friends? 

Groups reserving 2 or more sites will most likely be given walk-in sites (short walk from your car to the site). Staff will do their best to accommodate requests, but cannot guarantee a specific site or drive-in site. 

What are the office hours of operation?

Sunday thru Thursday: 
Check-out: 8am - 10am
Check-in: 2pm - 8pm

Friday and Saturday: 
Check-out: 8am - 10am
Check-in: 2pm - 10pm

The office is closed between 10am and 2pm every day

How big are the tent platforms?

Tents must be pitched on the provided tent platform. Each tent platform is 12 ft. by 12 ft. Please know the size tent’s footprint prior to arrival.  

How much does it cost to rent a campsite per night?

The cost is $24.00 for AAC and Mohonk Preserve members and $38.00 for non-members.

How many campsites are there?

We have 50 sites on 50 acres: 26 drive-in sites and 24 walk-ins.

What kind of precautions should I take with regard to black bears?

Because we do have a black bear population, we ask that you keep all food and toiletries locked in your car or in one of the bear boxes provided.

Is the Gunks Gateway Campground only open to American Alpine Club members?

No! The GGC is open to everyone.  Rates for members do differ from non-members, and depending on your length of stay becoming a member can quickly pay for itself.  Mohonk Preserve members receive a discounted rate as well.

Are pets permitted at the campground?

Well-behaved dogs are welcome.  All dogs must be leashed and supervised at all times, no exceptions. Dogs are not allowed in the pavilion or bathroom areas.  Owners must clean up after dogs.

Who has access to the pavilion?   

The pavilion is open to anyone staying at the campground while the GGC is open.   

When are quiet hours?

Quiet hours are between 10pm and 7am.

What time is checkout?

Checkout is at 10am.

What is the proximity of the campsite to the cliff?

Climbing is only a five minute drive to the parking lots at the Mohonk Preserve or a 20 minute walk to the base of the cliff.

Are showers available at the campground?

Yes, coin operated showers are available at the campground. Please see staff if you need change.   

How can I find a guide?

The AAC partners with local guide company Alpine Endeavors to provide members guide services at a discount. There are many other guide services in the area, including Eastern Mountain Sports, Mountain Skills Climbing Guides, and High Xposure Adventures.

Can I have a camp fire at my campsite?

No, but we have a centralized fire ring by the pavilion.  This is a great place to meet other campers and swap climbing stories with your community. 

What is the parking like at the GGC?

Parking is limited.  There is a one car per site rule.

Free over flow parking is located at The Mohonk Preserve Visitors Center, a short walk to the campground.

Please ask in the office for your free overflow parking pass.

Is there wi-fi available?

Yes, we have wi-fi, but we have limited bandwidth and a slow connection.  Please use it sparingly.  

Are there laundry facilities at the campground?

No, but there are plenty of laundromats located in the town of New Paltz.

How much does it cost to climb on the Mohonk Preserve?  

There is a daily charge of $20.00 for climbers, bikers and horseback riding and $15.00 for hikers.

Annual passes are also available.

What is your physical address?

Our campsite is located at 953 Route 299, Gardiner, NY 12525

What is your contact information?

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (845) 255 -0032

Are RV’s allowed in the campsite?

No, the campsites are too small for RVs and no hook-ups are available.

Generators are also prohibited.

No vehicles over 22' allowed—small pop-ups/campers are permitted if space is available.

Are there ADA accessible campsites?

Yes, there are several ADA accessible sites.  Please request an ADA site in the notes section when making a reservation.

If it rains can I tie tarps to the trees to cover my picnic table?

Tying ropes to trees can damage them.

If the weather is bad, please feel free to use the Pavilion to cook.  There is plenty of space available.

How can I cancel my reservation?

Please email the Campground stating you want to cancel your reservation.  Please be sure to include your confirmation ID in the email.