From New York State Parks:
This spring, New York State Parks, along with the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, will introduce a pilot reservation system for parking at the Sam's Point Area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve (Ulster County). Reservations are required weekends and holidays from the first weekend in May through the last weekend in October online. All weekend and holiday visitors will be required to make reservations online.
Reservations can be made two weeks in advance beginning April 17th online at the link below or through the call center at 1-800-456-2267. One reservation is allowed for any two-week period. The vehicle entrance fee is $10.95; there will be no reservation fee for Empire Pass holders.
The pilot reservation system aims to protect the site's fragile ecosystem from the impact of increasing visitation and to provide an improved visitor experience for enjoyment of the unique features and natural beauty of the Sam's Point Area, while reducing impacts on the surrounding community.