Dome Wilderness seems dwarfed by the adjacent Bandelier Wilderness , but sometimes the best gifts come in small packages. In this case, be prepared for primitive canyonlands and prehistoric ruins (and take care not to disturb the latter). You'll also find an abundance of wildflowers and strawberries in spring. From high points near Saint Peters Dome you'll be able to see all the way east to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and south to the Cochiti Lake region, the Sandia and Manzano mountains. Elevations peak at 8,200 feet, then drop to 5,800 feet at Sanchez Canyon. The Saint Peters Dome Trail (6.1 miles) gives access to this Wilderness, starting on the north end near the Dome Lookout and losing elevation as it runs south past canyon walls and through stands of large pines, then across Sanchez Creek, a fishless stream that endures periods of extremely low water. The Capulin Trail (two miles) also begins in the northern portion of the area. The Capulin Trail ends at the Bandelier National Monument Boundary.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Dome Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.
New Mexico Wilderness Act - Public law 96-550 (12/19/1980) To designate certain National Forest System lands in the state of New Mexico for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System, and for other purposes