Big Bend - Burro Mesa Pouroff

1.00 Mile
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Burro Mesa Pour Off (Photo by pixistixs)
Burro Mesa Pour Off, and my finger! (Photo by pixistixs)
This display map at the trailhead shows the trail route. (Photo by Lone_Star)
The pouroff was dry when I went, but must be beautiful in the wet season. (Photo by Lone_Star)
The trail leads you back into a recessed canyon where the pouroff is located. (Photo by Lone_Star)
The trail leads you to this wash and back into the canyon. (Photo by Lone_Star)
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Interesting Geology
By a0628h0427 on 3/10/2014
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.50 Miles Duration: N/A

The Upper a Burro Mesa Pouroff was a more interesting and challenging hike...

By bsisk on 3/25/2009
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour

Lots of solitude and easy to get to the trail.  No cover from the heat or the sun.  Rock formations were kind of interesting and you can see some old lava flows from a volcano long gone.  Easy trail with little to no inclines.  Make sure you take a lot of water if the temperature is high.

Short Hike to Box Canyon
By wardbd1 on 4/13/2008
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: 1 hour

Enjoyed this hike early in the a.m.  Lot's of neat geological formations.  The Rock Ren's singing echo'd off the canyon walls,  Pretty awsome pour-off at the end of the trail, & snapped some good pictures.

Short And Easy Hike Into A Beautiful Canyon
By Lone_Star on 3/7/2008
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 45 minutes

As the other reviewers have pointed out, this is a short and easy hike that leads you into a canyon where Burro Mesa pours water off a short cliff when it is the wet season.

The hike is mostly through a gravel wash, which makes it challenging to get traction.  The rock formations are very attractive also.  When I did this hike, the canyon was completely dry.

As a side trip, there is another adjacent canyon next to Burro Mesa Pouroff.  It is "off trail", but it offers another nice canyon and some large boulders.

Quick 15 min. from parking lot
By pixistixs on 3/21/2005
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A
If you pass the sign for this check it out, it won't take you very long. Cool little hike down to pour off- really something to see. Little to no shade.
very interesting hike
By srsubaseball on 9/14/2004
Rating: N/A Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A
Very easy hike. If you climb up the pouroff be careful, because it is pretty hard to get down.
short walk to pour off in box canyon
By SA68AG on 4/18/2004
Rating: N/A Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A
This is a very short walk into a box canyon which gets the pouroff from a large area through a slot above much like the Window. A much more interesting and challenging alternative for the Texas hiker is hiking to the top of Burro Mesa Pour off. This is aa 3.5 to 4 mile round trip through a vally into a narrow canyon for about 3/4 mile which requires some scrambling and boulder hopping. This canyon leads to a confluence with a wide wash which ultimately takes you into an ever narrowing canyon with steep walls that ends with the slot that pours off. Intersting and fun hike.
Short and easy
By Joefirefighter on 9/18/1995
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: 30 minutes

This is a very short and relatively level hike to the bottom of the Burro Mesa Pour-off.  The pour off has created a vertical channel in the side of the mesa and is an interesting feature to go see.

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