Lower Burro Pour-Off Trail

Big Bend + Davis Mountains, Texas

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Lower Burro Pour-Off Trail


  • Trailhead sign and map that directs you up Javelina Creek to the larger pour-off.- Lower Burro Pour-Off Trail
  • Burro Mesa Creek and its pour-off looks dead ahead from the trail head. It is actually the smaller of the two pour-offs and not described in many trail guides. - Lower Burro Pour-Off Trail
  • Ocotillo bushes flourish along the trail. - Lower Burro Pour-Off Trail
  • When the trail drops into the wash, go right up the Javelina wash to get to the higher and larger of the two pour-offs. - Lower Burro Pour-Off Trail
  • Burro Mesa Pour-Off (in Javelina Creek) is about 100 feet high. - Lower Burro Pour-Off Trail
  • Burro Mesa Creek. On the way back, where the trail intercepts the wash, go right to hike up Burro Mesa Creek to the smaller pour-off. - Lower Burro Pour-Off Trail
  • USGS topographical maps label the smaller Burro Mesa pour-off on Burro Mesa Creek. Most trail guides take you up the right fork of the wash to the larger pour-off on Javelina Creek.- Lower Burro Pour-Off Trail
  • A small pool on the Burro Mesa pour-off with the yellowish breccia layer behind it. - Lower Burro Pour-Off Trail
  • Large conglomerate rocks are ubiquitous along the trail.- Lower Burro Pour-Off Trail
Overview + Weather
Short, easy hike through a desert wash with a neat pour-off.
Can be very hot in summer.
Big Bend + Davis Mountains, TX
Pets allowed: 
Highest point: 
3,380.00 ft (1,030.22 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Permit required: 
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
Total elevation gain: 
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,270.00 ft (996.70 m)
Typically multi-day: 
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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This short, easy hike takes you to two normally dry waterfalls, or pour-offs, from the top of Burro Mesa. It also provides great visual insights to the volcanic history of the Chisos Mountains and the surrounding area. About 26 million years ago, Burro Mesa was connected to Emory Peak but slowly dropped 3,000 feet down the fault line. The evidence is visible in the common dark red volcanic rhyolite capping the lighter yellowish breccia (gravel naturally cemented by a fine binder) that is also at the top of the Chisos. This is a 1-mile out-and-back hike that is called the Burro Mesa Pour-off, and there is a Burro Creek, but the hike described in most trail guides is actually to the pour-off on Javelina Creek.  Burro Creek is the left branch of the wash and is clearly visible during the approach along the road to the trailhead. The right branch is Javelina Creek, and isn’t visible until you hike about a quarter-mile up the trail and intercept the wash. To visit both pour-offs adds about a half-mile to the total length of the hike. It is still an easy hike with just a bit of high-stepping up some boulders to get to the smaller Burro Mesa Pour-Off.

From the trailhead, follow the well-established trail up and over a small rise and descend gradually into the wash. Note the location for the trip back. Stay right and hike up the sandy wash to the pour-off along Javelina Creek. Note the various multi-color layers in the canyon walls, the darker rhyolite, the yellowish breccia, and the volcanic tuff. After taking your pictures at the first pour-off, retrace your steps. Where you intercepted the wash, veer right and follow the smaller wash up Burro Creek. In about a quarter-mile, you will have to work your way around and over several rock walls and boulders to get to the second smaller pour-off. Return the way you came.

Note: Two separate trails, Lower and Upper Burro Mesa Pour-Off trails, start from different trailheads. They do not connect, but are separted by the dangerous 100 foot vertical pour-off.

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