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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 associated with the protection, interpretation and restoration of this regional treasure.

Location, Contacts and General Information

Camp Santanoni and the Santanoni Preserve is 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, and via a horse-drawn wagon.

Between the end of June and Labor Day, a half dozen of Santanoni’s buildings are open to the public and can be viewed with the assistance of staff interpreters. At other times of the year, the Preserve is open but most, if not all, of the buildings are closed and no interpreters are on site. AARCH also offers occasional day-long guided tours of the camp.

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:

For information on the horse-drawn wagons, or to book a ride, contact:
Larry & Pam Newcombe at Newcombe Farm – (518)639-5534 or

For local weather and ski conditions, please call the Visitor Interpretive Center in Newcomb at: (518) 582-2000.

Click here for a MAP of Camp Santanoni.

Click here to download the PDF Guidebook to Santanoni.

Reminders for Responsible Use of the Santanoni Preserve
  • 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.