The amphitheater and parking area is located on the right side of the road just before Piñon Flats Campground. Nightly campfire programs are offered at the amphitheater from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A wheelchair platform is located in the center of the seating area.
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Amphitheater Parking Area with Amphitheater in background - 10.98
The Medano Pass Primitive Road is a four-wheel drive road begins across the road and goes north to Medano Pass and the Rio Grande National Forest. Soft sand may require reduced tire pressure. Air is available at the amphitheater parking lot.
Horseback riding is permitted in the Monument, but riding is not permitted in the main public use area (off the dunes parking lot). Medano Pass Primitive Road is a pleasant place to ride. Vehicles and trailers must be parked at the Amphitheater Parking Area. Please clean up after your horses in the parking lot. If camping in the adjacent National Forest and leaving a vehicle in the Monument, a free backcountry permit is required which is available in the Visitor Center.
The Monument has eight backpacking backcountry sites, with hiking distances ranging from .6 miles to 10.5 miles. Backpackers may also spend the night on the Main Dune Mass. A free backcountry permit must be obtained from the Visitor Center if you are camping in or leaving a vehicle in the Monument overnight. Backpackers can also camp in the Rio Grande National Forest (Medano Pass, Mosca Pass or Blanca Peak Trail).
The parking area is being expanded during the winter of 1998 and should be finished by spring of 1999. Currently there is room for about 20 vehicles.
Directions from Visitor Center: The entrance to the amphitheater is less than 1 mile from the Visitor Center and is located just before Pinyon Flats Campground on the right side of the road.
(NOTE: Visitor Center open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Summer months; varying hours in the Winter.)