The Water Tank Trail passes the scenic rocks of Aubrey Hills, named for Francis Zavier Aubrey, a Canadian freighter, herder and rider who earned a reputation for taking wagons and flocks over challenging western routes.
This route takes you around the scenic Aubrey Hills to a fenced-in wildlife watering area maintained by Arizona Game & Fish. The final destination is located just below Horse Hoof Point (also known as Shiprock Mountain). Look for Bighorn sheep!
Directions to Trailhead
Drive south on Hwy 95 to around mile post 173, about 4 miles out of town. Off to the right is an electrical substation. Park at the entrance road near the gate (elev 1060 ft).
Trail Route Instructions
- Walk behind the gate down the dirt road to the electrical substation.
- From behind the substation, go right, up a small hill, on a dirt road which soon forks.
- Turn left and follow the road around into the foothills, turning right over a low saddle, and down into a long valley. Continue as it curves left around the scenic rocks of Aubrey Hills and goes over a small hill directly in front of Horse Hoof Point (Shiprock Mountain).
- The structure can be seen directly ahead. Follow the road down into the wash and up the other side (elev 850 ft).
- Explore the area and return the way you came.
Arizona Hiking Safety
The rugged beauty of the Lake Havasu City area, just down the Colorado River from the Grand Canyon, makes a lasting impression. But the desert can be hazardous. Many trails are unmarked and infrequently traveled. Please consider these suggestions to make the most of your adventure:
- Avoid hiking during the summer, approximately June 15 to September 15, when daytime temperatures can reach 120° or more.
- Do not hike in washes when heavy rainfall is anticipated to avoid the threat of flash floods.
- Always take plenty of water; plan to carry at least one quart of water for every four hours you hike in direct sunlight.
- Wear a hat, sunglasses with UV-protection, and sunscreen.
- Print off a copy of the trail map from this webpage and carry it with you if the route is unfamiliar.
- Wear sturdy, thick-soled shoes and use a hiking stick if you easily lose your balance.
- Never hike alone and always let a responsible person know where you’re going and when you expect to return.
- Plan to leave on your hike early in the day to avoid the risk of being lost on the trail after dark.
- Travel light; the less you carry the more you will enjoy the hike.
- Leave nothing behind. We want our trails to remain beautiful for your return!
* Aesthetic rating: The more diamonds, the more desirable the trail the in terms of remoteness, natural features and scenic beauty