The Falling Man trail, also called the Petroglyph Trail, is one of many open desert hikes in the new Gold Butte National Monument. If you have read my Little Finland post and didn’t think your vehicle could make it you might instead try the Falling Man trail. It’s considerably shorter to drive to, and while the road could still be challenging to a two wheel drive car, I think most non-4×4 SUV’s would be fine. The road deteriorates quickly after trailhead.
In sharp contrast to Little Finland, which is only a miles away, the Falling Man area is in a wide region of white and pink hued sandstones peppered with little patches of Joshua Trees. It’s a pleasant walk from one site to another but the layout of the land creates a confusing maze, and in most cases you don’t seen the rock art until you are right up on it. Native Americans used to live at the site, and roads led to the “Lost City” now under Lake Mead. Charcoal cooking mounds can still be seen.
To get to the Falling Man trailhead and then to find the rock art sites I recommend studying maps. Due to being largely lawless and unmanaged for several years this is one of the the worst paved roads I’ve been on anywhere in the United States that wasn’t already abandoned. It’s worse than a maintained dirt road. In fact, despite the short milage I would plan for an hour of driving after you leave the Interstate. Maps on the BLM Site are terrible, so I’d check several sources for information, like Bird and Hike. It might even be useful to make GPS waypoints beforehand.
A water pocket before and after a dog suddenly showed up and jumped in it.