Burro Mesa Pour-off

Emory Peak, Texas

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This short trail to a desert pour-off offers much to hikers interested in the geology of Big Bend. To give some perspective, recall the view of the high, rugged peaks of the Chisos Mountains as you drove down to Burro Mesa. The rock exposed in the cliffs here is the same as is found on the top of Emory Peak, the highest point in the park. Burro Mesa is a down-faulted block, a large landmass that dropped along a fault line approximately 26 million years ago. The extent of the displacement is more than 3,000 feet.

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"This short trail to a desert pour-off offers much to hikers interested in the geology of Big Bend. To give some perspective, recall the view of the high, rugged peaks of the Chisos Mountains as you drove down to Burro Mesa. The rock exposed in the cliffs here is the same as is found on the top of Emory Peak, the highest point in the park.

Burro Mesa is a down-faulted block, a large landmass that dropped along a fault line approximately 26 million years ago. The extent of the displacement is more than 3,000 feet."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Emory Peak
Distance: 0.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Big Bend National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Burro Mesa Pour-off

Recent Trail Reviews

3/26/2011
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Fun, short hike up a wash to the pour off area. At the pour off the temperature was at least 10 degrees cooler with a nice breeze. Good family hike for people of all ages.


3/3/2011
0

We took this in the early afternoon and it was quite hot. Short and not hard. Not much to see because it had been soooo dry. However at the end the Pour-off is spectacular so this short trail is worth it to take.


1/26/2002
0

This is a short half mile hike;within easy walking distance, the end of the creek bed is reached. The temperature was nice and cool as we entered the pouroff area. This is where the water from the Upper Burrow Mesa canyon empties. The pouroff forms the smooth rock wall as you look up at the waterfall. The trail is very easy to follow, even through the creek bed (rock cairns help you find your way). Although it is not a challenge for the average hiker, it is a nice trail for children or anyone that is inexperienced.


10/20/2001
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This was a neat little hike. The trail is wide and easy for the most part with good vegetation and a fair amount of shade. With water flowing this would make a spectacular photo opportunity. Just about any age will do well on this trail.



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