Schultz Pass is a well-known backcountry drive, which is often combined with a visit to Sunset Crater and can be combined with one or two of the trails within the Cinder Hills OHV Area to make a full-day’s tour. The graded road winds over the southern flanks of the San Francisco Peaks through some pretty alpine scenery along the south side of the Kachina Peaks Wilderness. In spring and early summer, there are fields of colorful wildflowers, and in the fall, scattered aspens contrast with pines. The northern end of the road has views over the Cinder Hills area to the east where the undulating black hills can be seen. This area is also part of the San Francisco Volcanic Field.
Special Attractions: Pleasant backcountry trail over the south side of the San Francisco Peaks; Views of the cinder hills that form part of the San Francisco Volcanic Field; Many backcountry campsites and access to hiking trails. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.
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