Rock art “is abstract, and made by prehistoric hunter-gatherers some 1200 years ago. The images are symbolic, and even though archaeologists can’t interpret most of them, they still had meaning for the migratory people who once lived here.” The images may have functioned as territorial markers, as ways of telling stories and documenting events such as the falling man.
Once this area was covered with archeological features such as agave roasting pits and a prehistoric campsites although now only the petroglyph’s remain.
Getting to the Trailhead
The Falling Man Rock Art Site is located way out in the Gold Butte Region at the northeast end of Lake Mead, about 2.5 hours northeast of Las Vegas in a wild, remote, and scenic area.
From Whitney Pocket , in the Gold Butte Recreation Area turn around and drive back north for 1.4 miles to a dirt road to the west , which is just past a large sandstone crag with campsites around the base. Turn left and drive west on Black Butte Road.
A number of side roads branch off from Black Butte Road, but most are obviously not the main road. However, at 1.2 miles from
the pavement , take the left fork in the road. At 1.9 miles from the pavement, pole fencing on the south side of the road delineates a parking area . Park here; this is the trailhead.
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