Schultz Tank


Schultz Tank is a man-made pond nestled between the San Francisco Peaks and Dry Lake Hills at Schultz Pass. Two earthen dams create a pair of reservoirs along the drainage. The smaller upper tank is often dry. The larger lower tank may vary throughout the season, filling to overflowing after heavy winters, and rarely completely empty in dry years. 

The tank is a haven for wildlife. A few ducks will live on the pond through the summer months. Small birds can usually be seen cavorting over the pond chasing flying insects. On quiet days, elk and deer may appear in the twilight hours. To ensure wildlife have access to water, state law prohibits camping within a quarter mile of a wildlife tank. Schultz Tank is day use only. Camping is prohibited here.

The views of the San Francisco Peaks here are fantastic. The only amenity here is a toilet at the parking lot. If you come for a picnic, make sure to bring a picnic blanket and drinking water. 

Several trails can be accessed from the Schultz Tank Trailhead, which is just a half mile east of the Sunset Trailhead:

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Toilets,Parking
Open Season: Spring
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Spring through fall
Busiest Season: Summer weekends
Restrictions: No camping within a quarter mile of the tank.
Closest Towns: Flagstaff, Arizona
Restroom: Pit toilet
Information Center: The roads to Schultz Tank close in the winter (generally December to late March).

General Information


Location: 6 miles north of Flagstaff on unpaved forest roads.

Access: Drive 2 miles north of Flagstaff on US 180 to FR 420 (Schultz Pass Road). Turn left at the intersection with FR 557. Continue on FR 420 for 6 miles to the trailhead located at Schultz Tank. FR 420 closed in winter due to snowpack.

GPS (Map): 35°17'11.4"N 111°37'39.0"W


Click on map thumbnail for larger view. The Weatherford Trail map is shown because it starts at the Schultz Tank Trailhead (southern end of the trail).

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