Echo Amphitheater Picnic Site

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

Echo Amphitheater

Echo Amphitheater is a natural amphitheater located on the Carson National Forest in Rio Arriba County, in northern New Mexico.  The sandstone cliff is known for its unique echoing auditory properties. The red vertical stripes down the otherwise horizontally stratified cliff wall are streaks of mineral varnish that provides a colorful contrast to the sandstone cliff. This colorful geological feature combined with its unusual auditory properties no doubt fed the legend of myth associated with the Echo Amphitheater.

View more photos on the Carson National Forest Flickr site.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Echo Amphitheatre is temporarily closed for maintenance.
Fees $2/vehicle/day for parking area (this includes use of ramadas and hiking) $40 for Group Shelter (plus additional fee of $1.00 per person over 50 people)
Open Season: Open year round (depending on weather conditions)
Usage: Medium
Best Season: March - October
Busiest Season: May-September
Water: Potable Water (spring and summer months), drinking fountains, and one hydrant
Restroom: Men and women's flush toilets

General Information


Large parking lot accomodates school buses and large RVs.  The Echo Amphitheater parking area is located south of the campground and west of the fee station.

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