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Not a favorite hike

This was not one of our favorite stops. The hike is through the desert and does offer some good... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2017
Beautiful area

We did not do the trail- think it was 2-3 miles-- was extremely hot day we were there- great... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2017
Lake Wales, Florida
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Big Bend National Park, TX
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Reviewed 27 October 2017

This was not one of our favorite stops. The hike is through the desert and does offer some good views, but most are from a distance. I would not choose this one if time is limited. The spring is a disappointment.

1  Thank ERL972
Reviewed 22 July 2017

We did not do the trail- think it was 2-3 miles-- was extremely hot day we were there- great lookout point for vehicles to stop- read info-take pictures

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Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

This was probably my least favorite hike of my trip. Honestly, we went on it mostly to help fill the day since we went to Santa Elena Canyon the same day. It was neat seeing the desert since a lot of our hiking was in...More

2  Thank Cody H
Reviewed 18 November 2016

Drove around to view . Felt that some of the viewing spots should consider sun shelters . Just thinking sun smart here and the National Parks should look at this.

1  Thank TeKinga
Reviewed 16 November 2016

It's a fine hike through the Chihuahuan Desert (no shade), but there are plenty of other hikes in Big Bend that do that and take you to a terrific destination, such as the Window or Lost Mine Trails. On Mule Ear (singular is correct) Spring...More

2  Thank SonoraDick
Reviewed 29 October 2016

A 3.8mi RT hike in the desert. You end up at a spring which had a small amount of running water when we were there. A stone corral is also there at the end. The views of the mule ears along the way are distant...More

2  Thank steve-USABoston
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

We hiked the Mule Ears trail in the morning. The views of Big Bend National Park are wonderful. The trail meanders along some uplands and thru washes. The scenery is the best part. We came across the remains of an old stone structure near the...More

1  Thank Jonny C
Reviewed 13 July 2016

I don't know which one is best, to hike early morning or sometime in the afternoon. Is up to you, either way this is somewhat easy hike. However the rocky trail can get tricky. Bring water and time your self.

1  Thank Arturo M
Reviewed 5 July 2016

The spring was underwhelming, but the hike as a whole was beautiful. The shorter (4 mile) trail didn't bring you up to the mule ears, but you get a good view of them. This hike was labeled "moderate" by the park, but I would call...More

3  Thank Gracehorvath
Reviewed 3 May 2016

My husband and I enjoyed the Mule Ears Spring Trail. As we were walking toward the mountains, we met two guys returning on the trail. The guys warned us about a rattle snake about 800 feet down the trail. We proceeded with caution and never...More

1  Thank M J
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