Where is it?
Located about an hour south of Mesquite, Nevada is an area known as Whitney Pocket. There, beautiful white and red sandstone deposits rise out of the otherwise bleak desert basin. It is a seemingly popular site for recreation and is often populated by campers, RVs, and ATVs. A short distance Southwest of Whitney Pocket is the trailhead for the Falling Man Petroglyphs. The trail follows a drop in the terrain where mounds of more colorful sandstone can be found. Scattered among these mounds are numerous faces of rock that are covered in native american petroglyphs. More info below.
What Is A Petroglyph?
A petroglyph is a carving in rock. A chisel is used to cut into the stone and create an image. Petroglyphs are typically made on flat surfaces where a darker outside layer of the stone can be chipped away to reveal a lighter color underneath, thus creating a virtually permanent clear image on the rock face. Native Americans created many petroglyphs for various reasons. Some marked trails, depicted events, or held religious significance among other things. The significance of many petroglyphs has been lost to time.
Don’t Miss It
It is a surprisingly beautiful area that cannot be seen or fully appreciated from the road or even from these few pictures. From the trail head itself there isn’t much to see. But its looks are deceiving. It is certainly worth a trip!
The Falling Man
One prominent petroglyph, the one for which this trail is named, depicts a man falling. This glyph is unique for that and because it is by itself, unlike many petroglyphs which are grouped together. Perhaps it marks the location where an unfortunate native american met his demise.
Here are some of our favorite pictures of the area:
The Colorful Sandstone (Above)
The rocks themselves are littered with color. It’s like walking on a rainbow. Various shades of white, red, yellow, and even some hints of blue and purple.
What to expect
Many of the petroglyphs are not marked, so it requires a little exploration to find them! This trail is certainly recommended to anyone passing through Mesquite, Nevada. Plan on little to no shade. Bring plenty of water and a hat or sunscreen! One can spend between 1-3 hours here depending on how much hiking/exploring they’d like to do. As of now there are no bathroom or water facilities available. The nearest bathroom is likely as far back as Mesquite.
Coordinates of Trailhead
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