Cerro Picacho Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"At 5,200 acres, the Dome Wilderness is the smallest wilderness area in the southwest. The Dome sits on the more remote edges of the adjacent Bandelier Wilderness and offers considerable solitude and scenery to adventurous hikers.
Named for St. Peters Dome, the highest point in the area, the wilderness area encompasses portions of the isolated Sanchez Canyon, a scenic gem with colorful walls, lush vegetation, and a desert waterfall. The dome of Cerro Picacho offers outstanding views of the southern portion of the Jemez Mountains as well as of the fi nger mesas of Bandelier National Monument. FR 289, the approach road, is closed each year from winter to May 15, so this is a summer and fall hike."