Congress created the Dome Wilderness in New Mexico in 1980.[2] The wilderness area is around 5,200 acres (2,100 ha) on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. The wilderness area borders the Bandelier Wilderness in Bandelier National Monument.[3]

Dome Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Dome Wilderness
Map showing the location of Dome Wilderness
LocationSandoval County, New Mexico
Nearest cityLos Alamos, New Mexico
Coordinates35°44′15″N 106°22′24″W / 35.7374241057°N 106.3732511°W / 35.7374241057; -106.3732511[1]Coordinates: 35°44′15″N 106°22′24″W / 35.7374241057°N 106.3732511°W / 35.7374241057; -106.3732511[1]
Area5,200 acres (2,100 ha)
EstablishedDecember 19, 1980 (1980-12-19)
Governing bodyUnited States Forest Service

The Dome Wilderness is easily accessible from Los Alamos, New Mexico, by paved and gravel roads. There are several trailheads on the national forest and some trails extend into the national monument, allowing for long loop hikes. Like the rest of the Santa Fe National Forest, the wilderness area has many prehistoric sites.

Because a fire destroyed much of the Dome Wilderness in 1996, the stark landscape stands out in contrast to other parts of the forest. The highest point in the wilderness area is near St. Peter's Dome.


  1. ^ "Dome Wilderness Map". Retrieved 2011-08-14.
  2. ^ "Dome Wilderness". Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-08-14.
  3. ^ "Wilderness Areas in the Santa Fe National Forest". Retrieved 2011-08-14.