Upper Burro Mesa Pour-Off

3.8 miles round trip | ½ day hike candidate: Yes

About: I can’t even tell you what this hike means to me. I’ve done this one several times. This has to be one of the most fun hikes in the park. The fun consists of plenty of light rock scrambling to navigating through closed canyon walls. And then the pay-off. The end is spectacular. It does require you to move down some rock slides, but then you enter an enclosed den that is usually all to yourself. And you can peer off to the bottom of the pour off where you once looked up from the Lower Burro Mesa Pour-Off. This is the desert hike to do in Big Bend.


Pros: Usually not very crowded. Fun fun fun rock scrambling that almost anyone can do. Canyon treks where you swear you can see Jawa’s waiting for a passing droid.

Cons: Almost the entire trail is a water run-off. Hope it doesn’t rain.

Tips: There is a parking area and trailhead. Start there. You’ll traverse a good portion of open desert before you get to the good parts. For some interesting photos have someone stand in the pour off den and take photos of them from outside (above)the den for the best perspective. See pic.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️