Mule Ears Peaks - Big Bend NP TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 29° 09.979 W 103° 26.120
13R E 652163 N 3227424
Quick Description: The famous Mule Ears Peaks at Big Bend, so named because . . . well, duh
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 1/28/2017 4:18:07 PM
Waymark Code: WMTZM4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
Views: 2

Long Description:
Really volcanic dikes that are ancient evidence of one of the many volcanic eruptions that shaped the features of Big Bend National park, Mule Ears Peaks are so named because they look like the big pointed ears of a mule.

The waymark coordinates are at the Mule Ears Peaks overlook, but the peaks are very visible from along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.

A sign at the Mule Ears Peaks overlook tells the tale, as follows:

"MULE EARS PEAKS

From many vantage points in the park, the Mule Ears appear insignificant. Size and distance can be misleading in the desert vastness. The hiking closer, you can gain an appreciation of the monumental forces that created these peaks.

The Big Bend country is filled with such contradictions: features that seem modest from a distance but show natures awesome power confronted directly.

The Mule Ears are dikes that were once enclosed in tuff (volcanic ash). Consider the extent of erosion: to expose these igneous landmarks, all the softer surrounding rock had to be stripped away."
Waymark is confirmed to be publicly accessible: yes

Access fee (In local currency): 25.00

Requires a high clearance vehicle to visit.: no

Requires 4x4 vehicle to visit.: no

Public Transport available: no

Website reference: [Web Link]

Parking Coordinates: Not Listed

Visit Instructions:
No specific requirements, just have fun visiting the waymark.
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