New Paltz
  • Bonticou Crag, Mohonk Preserve

Settled beneath the shoulder of the breathtaking Shawangunk Ridge, visitors come to New Paltz for a variety of reasons: to swim in glacial lakes, cycle on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, soak up the region’s rich history and culture, sample the seasonal bounty of New Paltz’s many farms, orchards, and wineries, enjoy the sights and scents of gorgeous flowering gardens and delicious meals eaten al fresco, climb unique rock faces, take bracing hikes and see New Paltz’s spectacular views.

The Shawangunk Ridge offers a host of trail options for hikers and bicyclists with some of the best views in the Hudson Valley. Bonticou Crag in Mohonk Preserve, Skytop Tower on the grounds of the world-renowned, 140-year-old Mohonk Mountain House resort and Awosting Falls in Minnewaska State Park Preserve are just a taste of what the Shawangunk Ridge has to offer. For rock climbers, ‘The Gunks’ are the single busiest climbing destination in North America.

Art, education and culture also thrive in New Paltz. Visit the State University of New York at New Paltz for exciting live music, theater and dance performances or check out the world class permanent collection and groundbreaking exhibitions at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. Discover the work of local musicians, actors, artists and craftspeople in New Paltz’s smaller galleries and performance spaces. The Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz hosts several festivals throughout the year.