Mule Ears, Big Bend National Park

One of the more distinctive mountain formations in Big Bend National Park is known as “Mule Ears”. My husband insisted on calling them “Rabbit Ears” since there were so many jackrabbits in the park and we only saw a few mules.

Mule Ears, Big Bend National Park, Texas
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As we hiked along the trail to Mule Ears Springs in the evening before sunset, we passed a group of teenagers coming the other way. They all carried huge backpacks – the first among them looking exhilarated and the last looking dejected and utterly annoyed. It was a school group of some sort and they had just finished their first night camping alone in the desert. They had to hike out to the location, set up their own camp, prepare their own dinner, sleep by themselves listening to the coyotes, break camp in the morning and hike back out. That’s quite a summer camp! It really is a love it or hate it kind of place.

Here is another image I made of the Mule Ears with an Octillo cactus in the foreground.

Mule Ears, Big Bend National Park, Texas

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    • says

      Hi Sid, I know! What a great experience for the teenagers. I’m sure that even the ones that looked all dejected at the time will look back on it one day and appreciate it. It must have been kind of scary tenting alone in the wild though. Thanks for your comments!

  1. says

    Beautiful images Anne! Beautiful place to be! I will be glad to take the place of anyone who is annoyed by camping overnight in the Great outdoors :) especially if it is Big Bend!

    • says

      Hi Ron, thanks for your comments! I’m not sure if those kids were annoyed or just plain exhausted! Maybe hungry and exhausted if they had to make their own dinner and breakfast. I think it must have been a great experience, even if they don’t appreciate it right away.

    • says

      Hi Adam! We are travelling in an RV, so we are staying in campsites, but living at home if you know what I mean :) I like the national park campsites because they are in rugged locations with fewer people, especially in the west. Before this year long trip we were travelling in a camper van, which is also great because you get the security from animals when you have a hard-sided vehicle and you can get into any regular campsite. We would usually go for a month at a time in the camper van. Thanks for your visit!

  2. says

    Fascinating mountain. Mule Ears is a clever title. There’s a peak high above the Chamonix valley of an almost identical shape and it’s called Aiguille de l’M. You can see why! There’s a restaurant of the same name too!
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    • says

      Hi Andy, I can never figure out why they would name a landmark and a restaurant something so difficult to pronounce. I mean, if you are in another country then I get it 😉 I like “mule ears” too! Thanks for your visit and comments.

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