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Camp Santanoni Winter Weekends

DEC and its partners host three Winter Weekend events annually at Camp Santanoni providing a rare opportunity to see the inside of the buildings at this historic camp during the winter months. The Winter Weekend events are hosted by DEC, Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the town of Newcomb and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's Adirondack Interpretive Center.

2019 Winter Weekend Schedule

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend, January 19 - 21 (PLEASE NOTE: Due to weather conditions events for Sunday and Monday have been cancelled)
  • Presidents Day Holiday Weekend, February 16 - 18
  • March 16 & 17
Cross country skis leaning agains main lodge.
Cross-country skis leaning against main lodge.

The Winter Weekend events are usually associated with the three-day weekends for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday in January and the President's Day Holiday in February. The third two-day event is held on the third weekend in March.

Camp Santanoni provides a 9.8-mile round trip cross-country ski excursion. The trail traverses from the Gate Lodge Complex (map PDF, 302 KB), past the Farm Complex (map PDF, 179 KB), to the remote lakeside Main Camp Complex (map PDF, 123 KB), providing a moderate ski and a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. For those who don't have their own skis or snowshoes, the Adirondack Interpretive Center provide snowshoes free of charge to visitors at the Gate Lodge.

Skiers and snowshoers are welcome to recreate on the trail and surrounding lands on any day during the winter. However, during the Winter Weekend events cross-country skiers and snowshoers will be able to visit both the Gate Lodge and Main Lodge of Camp Santanoni, view displays about the great camp and take interpretive tours with Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) staff.

Winter Weekend participant near main lodge
Winter Weekend participant near main lodge

The Artist's Studio, a stone building near the main lodge on the shores of Newcomb Lake, is open as a warming hut during Winter Weekend events. Visitors can warm themselves by the woodstove and enjoy coffee, tea or hot chocolate - you are encourage to bring your own cup.

In addition to the popular 9.8-mile round trip from the Gate Lodge to the Main Lodge, cross-country skiers and snowshoers are encouraged to take the half mile-trail that connects Camp Santanoni to the nearby Adirondack Interpretive Center's 3.6-mile trail system. The Center's buildings are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Winter Weekends.

Reservations are not required but for more information, contact AARCH at (518) 834-9328.