My work photographing rural land properties in New Mexico has taken me to Rio Arriba County many times. I have passed by Echo Amphitheater at least twice before, but did not have time to stop. Third time being the charm, on the return from a property shoot on the way to another, right there was Echo Amphitheater with time on the schedule to explore this great natural wonder, and if I may say so, produce some stunning images of a place that is certainly New Mexico True.
As you can guess from its name, the shape of this natural rock formation produces a giant echo from any sound made within it. Being set back from the road a good ways, the exact size of the amphitheater is greatly disguised. Only upon walking right to its base does one realize the gigantic bowl the Echo Amphitheater actually is. See how dwarfed we are standing in its basin!
Again, in passing I thought Echo Amphitheater would just be a 5 minute spot of interest, but it is deceptively far back and the path just to get there is about a 10 minute walk, or 15+ if you take the arroyo way like we did! Then you can easily spend 30 minutes making echoes and just gazing at the natural wonder of this rock formation. We were lucky enough to have it all to ourselves during our time there. I cannot recommend visiting this audio anomaly enough.