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Santa Fe National Forest, Dome Wilderness

April 22, 2018 - April 28, 2018

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Volunteers will spend the week working on maintenance on the Capulin Trail. Project will begin 1.5 miles NW of the Capulin trailhead working along canyon rim north to drainage just before main canyon. Trail work will include: clearing trail corridor ( blowdown, large rocks), trail tread (veg removal, out-sloping) and drainage (cleaning out grade dips).

The US Forest Service will host and Crew Lead this trip.


Forest Service


Primitive Tent Sites


Backpacking 1.5 miles to basecamp (Day Hiking up to 2 miles per day)

Project Rating


Minimum Volunteer Age


Maximum Group Size


Area and Attractions

The Santa Fe National Forest has over 300,000 acres of wilderness distributed among four different area within its boundaries. The Dome Wilderness is bordered by the Bandelier Wilderness to the east. 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. 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. To the south you can veiw the Cochiti Lake region, the Sandia Mountains and Manzano Mountains. Elevations peak at 8,200 feet, then drop to 5,800 feet at Sanchez Canyon. Capulin Trail is located on the high mesa area of the northern Jemez Mountains. The area is adjacent to the Bandelier National Monument. The Capulin trail parallels the canyon of which it is named for. This canyon is prized by the rock climbing community for its scenic setting and technical climbing routes. The mesa top offers a spectacular 360 degree view of the surrounding landscapes that range from high plateaus westward and eastward to the southern Rio Grande river valley on to the northern Sangre de Cristo mountain range. The nights are cool and the days will be sunny and warm.

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will camp in sites located just off the trail on top of the mesa. The camp site overlooks the Capulin Canyon. Showers will be available at the end of the week. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag, pad, cup/bowl/eating utensils, personal water filtration system, and personal items.


Airport Pickup provided from Albuquerque Sunport Albuquerque New Mexico


Santa Fe National Forest, Dome Wilderness
051 Woodsy Lane, Jemez Springs, New Mexico 87025 United States