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Tent Sites
Drinking Water
Pets Allowed
About Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground

The campground is dedicated to the memory of Sam Pryor, an extraordinary conservationist whose life's work included bringing this project to fruition.

The American Alpine Club and Mohonk Preserve are cooperatively managing the tent-camping only campground. Campground amenities include a pavilion and cooking area, bathhouse and restroom facilities, and circulation trails. There are 24 drive-in spots (one vehicle per site) and 26 walk-in spots. All sites accommodate up to two tents (and four people) per pad. Recreational vehicles are not permitted.

Campers may access Mohonk Preserve, New York State's largest nonprofit nature preserve, via a connector trail to the Preserve's Visitor Center and historic carriage road network for world-class rock climbing and bouldering, hiking, mountain biking, trail running, and nature exploration. Memberships and day-use passes are available at the Visitor Center and all Preserve trailheads.

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Boat In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
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Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground is located in New York
41.7654 N
-74.1784 W
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5 Reviews of Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground
Manicured campground

This campground was extremely manicured. There is no eating at the campsite, they would prefer you cook and eat by the showers, the lights go off at a certain time. The road is asphalt and well maintained to to campsites. They place wood chips all around. The setting is beautiful, it just feels more like glamping.

Perfect location for a climb in the Gunks or a hike in Minnewaska

Love this campground! Have been here several times and have never had a complaint. There are drive-up sites and also walk-in sites. No fire pits at individual campsites, though. Only a group fire pit. Located really close to the Gunks for climbing and also some great hikes around the area

Simple, modern camping!

This is a very nice modern campground with great access to amazing hiking and climbing in the area! About half the sites are walk-in and half the sites are drive-up.


  • Communal fire pit and supplied wood
  • Covered communal pavilion with picnic tables, big sinks for washing dishes, and lighting (which shuts off at 9:47PM)
  • Big flat tent bases to set up on
  • A picnic table at each site
  • A "comfort station" for the campsites farther from the main pavilion with bathrooms and big sinks for dish washing
  • No big RVs

Very minor cons:

  • $3 for a 4 minute shower
  • One parking space per site
  • The music from a party at the neighboring property was audible, but not super loud on a Saturday night (earplugs did the trick) - this wasn't an issue on the Friday or Sunday night I stayed
  • We were assigned our reserved site rather than choosing it
  • A bit expensive without the AAC or Mohonk membership
Ranger review : Matador Beast28 at Sam Pryor Shawangunk Gateway Campground

Campground Review:

The campgrounds are pretty basic, but have everything you need. It is mainly a rock climber campground, so this may not be the best choice if you want a campsite to drink and party at. All of this happens, its just a little earlier in the night! Most go to sleep relatively early with a full day of climbing ahead of them. That being said, the climbing community is pretty friendly and the campgrounds have eliminated fire rings at each site and opted for one, communal fire pit to encourage more social interaction. There is a pavilion near the fire ring with sinks and bathrooms with pay showers. They are kept relatively nice. There is also another "comfort station" with sinks and vault toilets near the other side of the campground. Most of the campsites are drive-up sites, but there are a few hike-in sites(like we stayed in the first night) where the Matador Beast28 Technical, Packable backpack was great for hiking in some clothes and campsite necessities. The second night, we stayed at site 31(drive up) and I recommend that as it is near the comfort station and back enough from the road and other sites that you have some space to yourself.The view of "the trapps" 300 ft cliffs from the campsite is amazing. Please be aware that, although the website says they are open in March, they will not open if there is snow on the ground. We found out the hard way on a previous trip.

This is the closest campground to world renowned rock climbing in "the gunks" and also offers many other outdoor activities including some great hikes and rock scrambles, swimming holes and waterfalls. People travel from all over the world to rock climb here. Most are experienced climbers and go on their own, but there are guide services in town if you're looking to get into the sport. There is also a ton of great hiking. Bonticou crag has a pretty intense rock scramble to a great overlook and hosts some great cross-country skiing trails in the winter. The Mountain House Resort Property(you have to pay) has some great hiking including "the lemon squeeze." The town of New Paltz is only a ten minute drive away and offers some great options for food. Mexicali Blues, Mcgillicuddys, and huckleberry are all very different places to eat in town, but they're all great in their own way.

Pros :

  • Near world class hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, swimming holes and waterfalls
  • clean, well maintained
  • near New Paltz, NY (food, antiquing, outdoor stores)

Cons :

  • No fire pits at campsites
  • not open all year

Product Review :

As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I get products to test from time to time - for this trip I tested the Matador Beast28 Technical, Packable backpack. I used this pack for getting gear to and from our hike-in campsite, as a day pack for a short hike, and as a climbing pack for getting my gear to the cliff.

My first impressions were that the pack was well made with solid materials. It also looks great and, although not waterproof, seems like it would hold up to some pretty solid rain before letting any water in. The main compartment zips most of the way down, making it easy to get to gear, even if it was packed in the bottom of the pack and the small, zipped lid compartment is great for a few small items you need quick access to(headlamp, phone, snacks). There was also a front stash pocket that I kept a small towel and my belay gloves in, It was nice to have but wont hold much. The gear loops on the outside of that pocket were nice for a few extra carabiners and hand sanitizer. The water bladder compartment and securing straps worked great and the hose routed relatively well through the pack and down the loops in the shoulder strap. If you have a large mouthpiece on your hydration pack, you may have some trouble feeding it through the pack.

As for the fit, I loved the way this felt and the straps adjusted to fit me very well. Im 6'4" and many packs of this size end up being too small for me. that was not the case with this pack and there was almost no load shifting while climbing or hiking. The compression straps were a nice touch.

I was a little confused about the size of the side mesh pockets when I first got the pack, as they are not even close to big enough for a water bottle. Im guessing that, since it already has the hydration compartment, they viewed this as an opportunity to keep this pack's profile a little smaller/tighter and I really appreciated this. I kept a few cliff bars, headphones, and a buff in there and it was nice that the pocket was tight enough that the items felt secure.

There are only three things I didn't love about this pack:

  1. It doesn't feel like it holds 28L. Maybe I need to do a better job packing it, but for reference, my Outdoor Research drycomp summit sack(27L) clearly held more gear than this pack.
  2. On a hot day the pack does nothing to get air between your back and the pack and this leads to some uncomfortable sweatiness that just wont dry until you take the pack off. I frequently use the Black Diamond Bullet11 pack and it does a much better job of getting back ventilation in a small technical pack.
  3. It doesn't seem that there is a simple way to attach trekking poles to this pack. I thought the gear clips on the compression straps would work for the pole tips, but that wasn't the case with the BD, REI, or Komperdell poles I tried.

Overall, this is a great pack that I will use for cold weather day hikes, climbing, and travel. Big thanks to Matador for putting so many features into such a packable pack!

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gunks climbers campground with some amenities

great climbing community campground. one communal campfire. no rings at campsites. running water, sinks, showers, bathrooms. some walk in sites. some drive up.

this is the closest legal camping option to the trapps/mohonk preserve. there are discounts for being a member of the aac or mohonk preserve.