The hike to the Burro Mesa Pouroff in Big Bend National Park is an easy 1/2 mile stroll through 26 million years of geology. Getting there is an easy drive along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive and right down the road from the beautiful Sotol Vista and the Homer Wilson Ranch.
The pour off is a long narrow shoot that drains from the top of the mesa during the rainy season. Most of the year it is a dry wash exposing the unique rhyolite layers found on the western slope of the Chisos Mountains. Watch out when it rains however. During a summer shower this narrow pour off and dry wash can flood quickly, catching hikers off guard. Looking up at this incredible wonder it’s easy to imagine all that water cascading down from above.
Burro Mesa Pouroff – Big Bend National Park, Texas
Copyright © 2011 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 20mm, f/14 for 1/30th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 and Adobe Photoshop CS5.
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