General Park Info

Minnewaska State Park Peter’s Kill

General Information:

Peter’s Kill Area opens at 9:00 a.m. and closing times vary depending on time of year. Closing times are posted at various areas in the park, be sure you take note of them and the time before you head out for the day.

Every climber must purchase a climbing permit each day they use the area or possess a season pass. As of 2015, a day pass is $10 and a

season pass is $90.

Once per season, every climber must fill out an Acknowledgement of Risk waiver; climbers must then sign in on the daily log each visit.

The climbing area is closed during winter months. The area is generally open April through mid-December, but it is weather dependent.

All guides services and guides must be approved and registered by the Park Preserve. You may contact the park office for a list of approved guides.

Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash not exceeding 6 feet. Dogs that like to bark, dig holes, or may become aggressive or defensive should of course be left home. Dogs may not be left at the base of the cliff or tied to a tree unattended.

NO sport rappelling, glass containers, grilling, fires, camping, radios or amplified music

This is a Carry In-Carry Out Facility; please take all trash with you.

Ecological Information:

Minnewaska is a State Park Preserve and as such, all plants and animals are protected.

Cliff-nesting birds should be reported to the park office. Do not disturb nests on the cliffs, even if they are empty.

Mountain Spleenwort, a threatened plant species, is found in the climbing area. It is a small fern, 2 to 8 inches long, typically found in horizontal cracks near the base of cliffs or on large boulders.

Altering the rock in any way is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, chipping, gluing, bolting, and rock trundling.

Avoid impacts to lichens and mosses; they take a very long time to grow. Most of the routes in the climbing area have been climbed hundreds to thousands of times and should not require additional cleaning. Lichen the size of a person’s palm can be 75 years old.

Stay on the designated trail. Remaining on the established access trails limits unnecessary impacts to the area.

Protect trees used in anchor systems by padding between ropes/webbing and the tree trunk. Pitch pine trees are adapted to grow in shallow soils and trees growing near cliff edges may not have sufficient root strength for use as anchors. Do not rappel off the trees. There are several convenient places to walk off as well as bolted anchors with rings at certain areas.

Please avoid excessive use of chalk. When possible, carefully clean off excess chalk.

Tree-cutting, rock-trundling, hold-chopping/hold-gluing and any other alteration to the park is strictly prohibited.