Place

Mule Ears Overlook

A view across the desert with Mule Ears Peaks in the background.
A view of Mule Ears Peaks from near the overlook.

NPS/CA Hoyt

Quick Facts

Cellular Signal, Parking - Auto, Parking - Bus/RV, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trailhead, Wheelchair Accessible

A landscape of violence and desert beauty unfolds before you. To the left are two distinctive eroded rhyolite dikes known as Mule Ears Peaks. In the valley floor, deposits of white volcanic tuff erode from the slopes and hard lavas cap the mountains. Mule Ears Overlook is a great place to watch the morning sun greet the desert.

The overlook is a 0.5 mile drive off Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. Twenty-one pull-in parking places are available and a curb ramp and sidewalk make the overlook wheelchair accessible.  

Big Bend National Park

Last updated: February 8, 2021