Buena Vista Hot Wells

Safford, Arizona

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A series of hot-well sources bubbling into an irrigation ditch in a rural, agricultural community near the Gila River. The source of water that feeds the irrigation ditch is most likely another hot well that was discovered accidentally and has been channeled and diverted. The water is extremely hot before it enters the ditch, but it quickly cools in the irrigation water. There really are limited bathing opportunities here, as no formal pool or tub has been created in the canal. There is potential for a nice bathing experience if someone were to dig out a pool. At this point, there do not appear to be any restrictions against visiting the site or even soaking in the mixed water. The irrigation ditch is not very deep, nor is it fast moving, so soaking is not really hazardous. If you do venture into the water, be careful of the potentially scalding hot-spring water entering the canal. This is another well-visited spot. In addition, it is located near a variety of residences and agricultural fields, and does not, therefore, provide an isolated hot-spring experience. The hot wells are primitive, although they are in a developed agricultural region.

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"A series of hot-well sources bubbling into an irrigation ditch in a rural, agricultural community near the Gila River. The source of water that feeds the irrigation ditch is most likely another hot well that was discovered accidentally and has been channeled and diverted. The water is extremely hot before it enters the ditch, but it quickly cools in the irrigation water. There really are limited bathing opportunities here, as no formal pool or tub has been created in the canal. There is potential for a nice bathing experience if someone were to dig out a pool. At this point, there do not appear to be any restrictions against visiting the site or even soaking in the mixed water.

The irrigation ditch is not very deep, nor is it fast moving, so soaking is not really hazardous. If you do venture into the water, be careful of the potentially scalding hot-spring water entering the canal. This is another well-visited spot. In addition, it is located near a variety of residences and agricultural fields, and does not, therefore, provide an isolated hot-spring experience. The hot wells are primitive, although they are in a developed agricultural region."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Safford
Season: Fall, winter, and spring. Summer is too hot.
Features: Hot Springs
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management
Local Maps: USGS Safford
Driving Directions: Directions to Buena Vista Hot Wells

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May 2018