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Upper Burro Mesa Pouroff is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bend National Park, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 501 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

No shade

No dogs

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Reviews (46)
Photos (56)
Recordings (39)
Completed (76)
Rachel D.
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HikingNo shadeScramble

Be sure to bring plenty of water on this hike, the sun and heat are unforgiving! Besides that this trail is every scenic with great views and wonderful plant life throughout the entire hike! There is a bit of scrambling to do at one portion that isn’t so bad, but at the end you may want to turn back due to this, it’s at the very end, but still worth mentioning. Anyway this trail is amazing going from wide open space to closed in canyon, so many things wrapped into one hike!

Luc Dewailly
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Hiking

One of the most fun trails in the park and easily doable for kids who will love the scramble at the end to get to the actual pouroff. The first part is exposed but the trail goes into a canyon fairly rapidly where shade is easily found.

AllTrails User
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Hiking

One of our favorite trails in BBNP. The scenery changes throughout. There are some boulders you have to climb down which was fun. You think you are at the end when you come to about an 8 foot drop into a large cavelike room but you aren’t quite there. Take your time and go on down. You will come to an even bigger drop into the room(about 15ft), again, take your time and go! You then reach the pour-off which has spectacular views!

Deb Gibson
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This trail is under rated by the Big Bend Park. This probably my favorite hike there. Absolutely beautiful walking through the canyons. Unfortunately did not go down to the lookout. I was afraid that I wouldn't get back out. Maybe bring a rope for help.

James Abel
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HikingScramble

Fun rock scrambles, interesting grotto

Ashton Hunter
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Rocky

Hard with kids but we did it :) Lots of flat places and plenty of rocky places. There's some climbing. The most difficult is at the end of the trail where the runoff is but it's beautiful. Great trail.

Ranae Fithian
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HikingRockyScramble

This was easily one of my favorite trails at Big Bend NP! The park brochure recommends the lower trail, don't listen to them, this one is more challenging and has a great variety of different terrain and scenery. It starts off real flat and then you're quickly hiking through an ancient dried up riverbed, certain spots can be a little tricky to find the trail but there's really only one direction to go. There is an element of climbing but nothing extreme, mostly just climbing around/down large rocks, all of which are just a few feet high. I slipped climbing up one and didn't even get a scratch. After that first riverbed, it flattens out again before you're surrounded by huge rock formations on either side. This whole stretch is flat so you'll have more opportunities to look around and take it all in. Right at the end is the pour off. At first you'll think it's over because you'll see some slick rocks sloping into what looks like an open cave-type thing. Climb down, trust me, you'll get back up just fine. Once you get down the slope, you'll go left slightly and find the real pour off. The large rocks open back up and there's a big window to a 50ft drop and you can see the folks at the lower trail down below. Overall, such a fun hike!

Claudia Xian
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Hiking

An amazing hike that takes you through varied and beautiful landscape- you first go through a desert area, then a dry creek, then a canyon. The canyon was absolutely gorgeous and the rockiness of the dry creek was so much fun to see and navigate through. Like other reviewers mentioned there is a short scramble at the end, but my parents (55+ years old) and I could make it with no issues, and we’re not very experienced hikers. There’s a cool cave and birds eye view of the pouroff and canyon at the end, but honestly I thought the Lower pouroff trail had a more impressive view. Still highly recommend doing this hike in addition to that one though!

Tim Addison
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Hiking

A stunningly beautiful desert canyon landscape! This trail is mostly easy, but should probably be rated moderate due to a tricky descent on slick rock at the end, without which you won’t get to see the pouroff.

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Daniel Medvec
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HikingRocky

This trail is really rocky so if you have bad ankles avoid this one. The payoff is at the end you walk through a canyon that looks like the canyon in Star Wars episode 4 before R2D2 gets stolen. Still a cool hike though but it’s hard going back up.

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Nicholas Vettorel
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HikingBugsNo shadeRockyScramble

We made the mistake of trying this trail at 1:30pm in early July so you don’t have to. There is zero shade you are very exposed to the sun the entire time. This hike is through a river bed so there are numerous little climbs down rocks. We went 2 miles and didn’t make it down the end because we were wearing packs and the last bit is a steep scramble down. You’re basically rock climbing down then back up. Had 2 liters of water per person and went through all of it and was still dehydrated. Wasn’t worth doing (at least in summer) for little to no reward.

Cindy Bunk
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David Beck
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Hiking

This trail is deceiving. Most of the trail is in the creek bottoms which is sand and gravel. It doubles the effort to walk through the loose sand but don't give up. The wash seems to go on forever but the canyon is beautiful. Definitely go down the last scramble, the chamber and pour off are amazing. Great trail but I would not call it easy.

bob saget
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First to Review

If you do this hike, go down the final scramble. It can be a little slick, but it’s worth it. I would disagree with this being an easy hike. I would call it a medium hike. Yes it’s only about 3.5 miles round trip. Yes it’s mostly just following a dry/gravely riverbed. But there are quite a few parts that require some nimbleness in billy goating down some rocks and at least two points that require some scrambling.

Grant Pittman
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Clayborne Frost
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Alan Gluth
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Rita Frost
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Al Fountain
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Dean Jordan
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Jim D.
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Wes Harris
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Christa Dunlap
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Adelle Hice
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