One thing to keep in mind when coming to the Gunks is that this area is a tourist destination. Also, the State University of New York in New Paltz is in town. So accommodations can fill up fast during college graduation, and in the fall foliage season many places raise their prices and easily sell out. Camping options are limited to commercial campgrounds, but the American Alpine Club Gunks Campground provides discounts for members and a site can be more affordable when split between multiple people (4 per site).
There are no free camping options available at the Gunks. See our Gunks Campground Info page.
The only hostel in the vicinity of the Gunks is the New Paltz Hostel, in the village of New Paltz next to the bus station.
The closest hotel to the Gunks is the Minnewaska Lodge, a beautiful post and beam lodge under the Near Trapps, just south of the deli on Rt. 44/55.
There are a number of motels in New Paltz which range from very basic budget motels to the new Hampton Inn. There are a few Bed &Breakfast Inns, and Airbnb usually has a number of offerings in the area. The Mohonk Preserve has a list of some accommodations on their website.
If you can afford an all inclusive luxury vacation resort experience, then check out the Mohonk Mountain House. It’s gorgeous and a beautiful setting for hiking, swimming, boating, and getting pampered in the spa.
Other nearby towns to check for accommodations: