Scenic Skyride

Our Scenic Skyride features our six-passenger Kaatskill Flyer detachable chairlift. This state-of-the-art lift will take you in comfort to the 3,200-foot summit of Hunter Mountain. From there, you can enjoy amazing views of the high peaks of the northern Catskills.

On a clear day, in the distance, you'll see the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts and the Green Mountains of Vermont beyond New York's beautiful Catskill Mountain peaks that surround you.

For the more adventurous, there are clearly marked NYS DEC (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation) hiking trails leading to the Hunter Mountain Fire Tower, the highest fire tower in New York State at 4,040 feet. Please allow at least 3 hours round trip for this moderate 4-mile hike. Hiking shoes are strongly recommended for hiking to the fire tower. Please note that groups larger than 20 people need to acquire a permit to hike on NY State land using this link:

Book in advance online for the best rates.

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July 1st – September 5th: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, & Monday (10am – 4pm*)

September 10th – October 16th: Saturday & Sunday (10am-4pm*)

*Guests will not be permitted to offload at the Skyride summit after 3:30pm (time subject to change)

Rules & Restrictions


  • Scenic Chairlift Ride tickets may be purchased at the Main Lodge ticket window or advanced online for the best rates.
  • The Skyride operations are weather permitting. If the forecast looks questionable, please call 518.263.4223 ahead of your visit to confirm the operating status.
  • The Skyride takes approximately 11 minutes each way and 22 minutes round trip.
  • All participants must sign a liability waiver, with a parent/legal guardian signature required for minors.
  • Please purchase your ticket and sign a liability waiver first if you plan on hiking to the summit and riding the skyride back down. 
  • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.
  • All riders must be able to approach the loading area and sit on the chairlift unassisted and under their own power. Riders must be 3 years old and meet height requirements of at least 36 inches. One adult is required per two children ages 3 to 6 years old. No carried infants will be permitted.
  • Alcohol is not permitted while on the lift.
  • Glass containers are not permitted while on the lift. 
  • Smoking is not permitted while on the lift.
  • Pets are not permitted on the lift.
  • Guests will not be permitted to offload at the skyride summit after 3:30pm (time subject to change)
  • For the benefit of our guests and our employees, we reserve the right to make the final decision with regard to the eligibility and the safety of a rider.
  • Please respect the environment. If you pack it in, pack it out!