Located along the FUTS trail, the pond provides community fishing (note: a state fishing license is required). Arizona Game & Fish hosts free clinics at the pond, and local schools bring children for outdoor education. Interpretive signs encourage visitors to watch wildlife intentionally and regularly to see how this restored pond and riparian habitat are used by numerous birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Walking trails surround the pond, where you'll find native vegetation and abundant bird life. Frances Short is just a short walk to Thorpe Park's ball fields, dog park, and community center. 

Getting There

There is parking for Thorpe Park at the Community Center and the Bark Park. To access Frances Short directly, park along Aztec and walk north to the pond. 

Helpful Tips


Interpretive signs, historic Veit cabin, picnic tables, benches, and dirt trail. Adjacent Thorpe Park offers ball fields, community center, and dog park. 

Access Info

Frances Short is surrounded by paved residential streets and pedestrian/bicycle FUTS trail. 


In this AWWE audio guide, you’ll hear about the diversity of bird life that visits the pond. You’ll also hear about which species of fish you can catch here, and get tips on the best kind of bait to use when fishing at the pond, from AZGFD fish specialist Chuck Benedict. He’ll also describe the pond life that feeds these fish and how to get a closer look, with help from Jeff Propster (Coconino Community College).

Narrated by Rose Houk, recorded and produced by Diane Hope with funding from the AZGFD Heritage Fund.



City of Flagstaff


Arizona Game & Fish Department, Flagstaff Office