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COVID-19 Closures in the Gunks (Updated 7/1)

Current climbing-related closures in the Gunks

(Updated 7/1/2020)

In an attempt to put together the various closures in the Gunks, we will try to keep this post up to date. If you have additional information to add to this blog post, please comment below or contact us. Things are changing rapidly everywhere, and the best way to stop the spread is to stay home.

  • As of March 28, Minnewaska State Park Preserve has reduced its parking capacity and may close early to incoming visitors if filled to capacity.
    • The Peter’s Kill Area will be closed to climbing and bouldering until further notice.
    • The Stony Kill Area and Foordmore Area are closed until further notice, access and parking are NOT permitted in these areas.
    • For additional guidelines on visiting New York State parks during the pandemic, see
  • As of March 17, the American Alpine Club Gunks Campground is closed. Opening date to be determined.
  • The Mid-Hudson Valley is in phase three of reopening. Click here for more information.

Climbing Areas Reopened/Reopening

Additional Climbing Restrictions in Our Region

Statement from the GCC

Out of an abundance of caution, and in keeping with recommendations from the CDCThe American Alpine Club, the Access Fund, and policies enacted by our fellow LCOs, the GCC is imploring all climbers to comply with national standard recommendations regarding COVID-19.

This means not traveling to the Gunks or any other outlying climbing areas, large or small. As the curve steepens, the local communities around New Paltz are among those at higher risk, with limited infrastructure and medical resources to deal with a surge in COVID-19 cases.

We know you want to climb – we all do. But as with many other groups we are imploring you to stay put and act as responsible world citizens.

For more information and advice on how to responsibly remain active outdoors, check out the above links, as well as the recent great Climbing Magazine editorial by Matt Samet on how we as climbers need to act.

For information about COVID-19 and how to prevent its spread, see the CDC website.

Be safe and be well.

Climbing During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Local Climbing Organizations, Access Fund, partner organizations and land managers throughout the Northeast have been in discussions regarding what it means for us climbers as society begins to reopen. Please see our memo about climbing during the pandemic.

We recommend reading and following this guide to climbing during the coronavirus pandemic from the Access Fund. Click the infographic to see it full-sized on the Access Fund blog.

Access Fund's Guide to Climbing During the Coronavirus Pandemic


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