Santanoni was built for Robert and Anna Pruyn of Albany beginning in 1892. The estate eventually included 12,900 acres and nearly four-dozen buildings. The Santanoni Preserve is a State Historic Site, on the National Register of Historic Places, and a National Historic Landmark. AARCH has long been involved with the protection, interpretation and restoration of this regional treasure.
Camp Santanoni and the Santanoni Preserve are located in Newcomb, New York, just north of NYS Route 28N. Camp Santanoni is open to the public year-round, 365 days/year, 24 hours/day, and is accessible (depending on the season) on foot, by bicycle, on cross-country skis or snowshoes, and via a horse-drawn wagon.
Spring and Summer are wonderful seasons to visit Santanoni. The Main Camp, with its cluster of dramatic great camp buildings on Lake Newcomb, is a 5 mile walk or bike ride from the Gatehouse on a dirt road with gently rolling hills. The road takes you past the Farm complex, across beautiful stone bridges, through the Forest Preserve with views of Santanoni Mountain to the north. The Farm is a nice destination for a shorter visit and is only about a mile from the Gatehouse. Original buildings there include the Farm Manager’s Cottage and the Creamery. The Main Camp can also be accessed via horse-drawn wagon, see information below.
Between July 4 and Labor Day, a half dozen of Santanoni’s buildings are open to the public and can be viewed with the assistance of on-site staff interpreters. Free tours are offered at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.
AARCH is also offering four, day-long tours in 2016:
Monday, June 27; Monday, July 25; Friday, August 19 (a special “Day at Camp Santanoni”); and Friday, September 2.
Information and registration for these tours are available HERE.
For more information about visiting Camp Santanoni and/or the guided tours,
call AARCH at (518) 834-9328, Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm,
or (518) 582-5472 (June-Labor Day).
For information regarding canoe, kayak, and mountain bike rentals, contact Cloudsplitter Outfitters, 28N, Newcomb, NY 12852, call (518) 582-2583, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for a MAP of Camp Santanoni.
Click here to download the PDF Guidebook to Santanoni.
- Camp Santanoni is an historic site. Please treat the buildings, their contents, and the landscapes with respect. Leave artifacts where you find them.
- Plan ahead and prepare. A visit to Camp Santanoni is a visit to a remote Forest Preserve site. Please plan ahead, bring proper clothing and ample food and water, travel in small groups, and keep to the carriage road and trails.
- If you carry it in, carry it out. Pack everything that you bring in out with you.
- Respect wildlife and plants. Leave plants and rocks where you find them. Avoid contact with animals by keeping a clean camp and by not feeding the wild animals.
- Respect other visitors. Keep your dog close to you and under direct control at all times. Keep loud voices and noise to a minimum.
- Camping regulations. Camp at least 150 feet from roads, trails and water. Obtain a camping permit from a Forest Ranger for groups of 10 or more or stays of more than three nights in one spot. There are eight designated camping areas in the vicinity of Santanoni’s Main Lodge. Use dead or downed wood for campfires and make sure fires are out when you leave. For complete regulations, contact a DEC office.
Winter at Santanoni
The Santanoni Preserve is open all year round and can be a wonderful winter destination on cross-country skis or snowshoes. From the Gatehouse, it is approx 5 miles to the Main Camp on gently rolling terrain, making for a 10-mile round trip. The Camp is staffed and the buildings are open only on our Winter Weekends, but it is also a beautiful spot for a self-guided tour any day. Or you can take an easy 1-mile snowshoe or ski to the Farm for a winter picnic. Stop at the Newcomb Adirondack Interpretive Center to see the exhibits and pick up a trail map for the 3.5 miles of interpreted trails around the AIC that also connect to the Santanoni road.
Winter Weekends 2016
January 16 – 18 (Martin Luther King Holiday weekend)
February 13 – 15 (President’s Day weekend)
March 12 – 13
During the three Winter Weekend events cross-country skiers and snowshoers will be able to go inside the Gate Lodge and Main Lodge buildings of Camp Santanoni, view displays about the great camp and take interpretive tours with AARCH staff. The Artist’s Studio, a stone building near the Main Lodge on the shores of Newcomb Lake, will be open as a warming hut. Bring your own cup and enjoy free coffee, tea or hot chocolate by the woodstove. The Adirondack Interpretive Center will provide snowshoes at the Gate Lodge for any visitors without their own. Hosted by AARCH, the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Town of Newcomb.
Click on the link to read a blog post about a 2015 Winter Weekend adventure, Ski Into the Past at Camp Santanoni.
Click below to read the DEC press release about the Santanoni Winter Weekends.
DEC to Hold Three Camp Santanoni Open Houses
NOTE: Winter conditions can change quickly in the backcountry. Be prepared with extra warm clothing and adequate supplies for your trip.