Echo Amphitheater Picnic Site

Area Status: Open
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

Area Amenities: Fee charged for some activities,Toilets,Drinking water
  • $2/day per parked vehicle
  • $40 for group shelter for up to 50 people
    • Additional $1 per person over 50 people
    • Price does not include parking fee
Usage: Medium
Best Season: March - October
Busiest Season: May - September
Water: Potable Water (spring and summer months), drinking fountains, and one hydrant
Restroom: Flush Toilets
Operated By: USDA Forest Service

General Information


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

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Viewing Plants

Viewing Scenery

Interpretive Areas


Fire Information Grills are located next to ramada structures.

Group Picnicking

A large Group Shelter is located within the campground. The Group Shelter contains a large grill and six picnic tables including a hydrant, includes a six car parking area.  This is a first come-first served facility.

Rental info: Requires a $40 fee (Groups larger than 50 require an additional $1.00 per person)


Fee charged for some activities: $2 per vehicle per day for parking area (including use of ramadas and hiking); $40 for group shelter ($1 fee added per person over 50 people)
Toilets: Flush Toilets
Drinking water: Potable water during spring and summer

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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