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greenBlue Upper Burro Mesa Pour-off Trail


1.8 mile 3.0 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 100' 31 m
Descent: -506' -154 m
High: 3,981' 1,213 m
Low: 3,539' 1,079 m


Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)


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An exciting, rock-strewn descent to the top of the 100-foot tall Burro Pour-off.

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Family Friendly Kids will love to view the Pour-off at the trail's end. However, they may need a little help traversing portions of the rocky canyon.


Scurry down the Upper Burro Mesa Pour-off Trail for an exciting experience descending amidst large, flash-flood-mobilized boulders and high canyon walls.

Starting at the Upper Burro Mesa Pour-off Trail Parking Area, begin the descent on relatively mellow terrain, following a creek bed as it meanders into the towering walls of a Burro Mesa drainage. In this area, it's very likely for the wash to become inundated with large boulders, as flash floods bring them down from higher ground during times of heavy rain. As such, be sure to watch your footing and move cautiously as you navigate the trail's obstacles.

After carefully making your way through the canyon, enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding area as you peer over the amazing feat of flash-flood-driven erosion before you: the Pour-off. This chute is the result of thousands of years of erosion, and almost resembles a slide of sorts. The fantastic sandstone shapes will capture the imagination, and it is a worthwhile sight!

Be sure to bring plenty of water on your journey, as Big Bend's arid climate coupled with inadequate hydration can spell trouble for even the most seasoned hiker.

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Feb 21, 2019
Jason Draper
Dec 31, 2018
Manuel Moreno
Gorgeous hike. Tricky climb down at the end to the pour off.
Dec 24, 2018
Justin Hill
Oct 7, 2018
Patti B
Really liked this hike. Tall canyon walls. Standing in “room” where water rushes down as a waterfall was so cool
Apr 30, 2018
Mark Rushing
Mar 12, 2018
Jennifer Culver
Out and back. 3.6 mile round trip. Rocky creek bed.
Feb 26, 2018
Yi Chen
Dec 30, 2017
Leanne Pacheco

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