Echo Amphitheater is a beautiful natural rock amphitheater set in sandstone cliffs where you can have some fun playing with echoes. This is a great pit- stop along NM 84 near Abiquiu, in the heart of Georgia O'Keefe country.
We first discovered Echo Amphitheater on a trip to the Chama area. A beautiful carved out canyon seemed to appear on our left out of nowhere while we traveled north on NM 85. It almost seemed as though someone spilled the largest can of paint one could imagine off the mesa top and it was dripping down the sandstone walls. Fascinating! We almost did not make this stop as we were anxious to reach our destination. However, I spied a restroom all the way from the highway and went into mom mode. Moms are always on the lookout for the next possible (hopefully) clean restroom.
We pulled in and paid our $2 entrance fee in an envelope and parked. I was pleasantly surprised at the covered picnic tables scattered about and the kids spied a well groomed asphalt path leading to the canyon wall. After urging everyone to visit the restroom (which passed the mom test), we walked approximately .25 mile down the short paved path that inclines and takes you to a set of concrete steps before it drops you off right under the sandstone walls. The kids were chatting about and noticed their echoes. This lead to minutes of fun for the kids singing, yelling, and calling out to their echoes. Did I mention yodeling? This was a lot of fun! On the way back, the kids found a water pump with a spigot that shot water straight up into the sky. This was an extra treat for sure.
Echo Amphitheater is a great stop when traveling along NM 84. Stay for 10 minutes or sit and have a picnic lunch. Your kids will thank you for it. There are warnings here about snakes, so be aware and stay on the path. Are you looking for gas or want a tasty green chile cheeseburger in this area? Bode’s General Store, 20 minutes south in Abiquiu, has been serving travelers since 1893. Bode’s is also a general store, liquor and supplies store, and gas station. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is also served daily at Café Abiquiu, located at the Abiquiu Inn.
Northwest of Albuquerque near Abiquiu, NM