Construction Begins On Long-Awaited Gunks Campground

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Photo by Frank Tkac.

9/27/13 - The American Alpine Club and Mohonk Preserve announced that ground has been broken on a new, 50-site climber campground for the Shawangunks, one of America's most historic and popular climbing areas.

The  Samuel F. Pyror III Shawangunk Gateway Campground will be situated along Route 299, a short walk from the Monhonk Preserve visitor center, and within easy walking distance of the Trapps, Near Trapps, and other popular Gunks crags. The campground is slated to open next spring.

The AAC, Mohonk Preserve, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission have been workingto build the long-awaited campground since 2006. For many climbers and fans of the Gunks, a convenient and climber-friendly campground was the only flaw in the area.

“This campground will fill an important, and currently missing, niche in overnight lodging in the region,” said Hank Alicandri, the Mohonk Preserve chief ranger and director of land stewardship.

The 50-site campground will sprawl across nearly 50 acres, with an outdoor cooking area, multiple bathhouse facilities, and indoor shelter for climbers stuck in gloomy weather.

AAC Executive Director Phil Powers said, "This campground will give our community a great place to stay, and to gather, all while providing a cleaner and lower impact camping option just minutes from climbing.”

The AAC already manages lodging facilities in three other major U.S.  climbing areas, with the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch in Wyoming, the Hueco Rock Ranch in Texas, and the New River Gorge Campground in West Virginia.