Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area

Safford, Arizona

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A set of semi-developed hot wells in an isolated valley in southeast Arizona, where hot water has been diverted into two concrete tubs. An artesian well feeds two concrete soaking tubs which have been fenced in by the BLM. The two tubs are within an off-road recreation area, and are visited regularly. Located in the dry San Simon Valley, the tubs are far removed from any towns, and at times a peaceful desert experience can be had here. Generally, however, the area is populated by long-term campers and RVers who are allowed to stay for up to two weeks. The two tubs provide nice soaking opportunities and overflow into a sand-and-rock-lined pool where the temperature is lukewarm (not for bathing). In all three pools, bathing suits are required and advised, as there will generally be people around. Despite the relatively large number of people who tend to frequent this site, there are still beautiful desert vistas from the tubs to enjoy. You can generally get the tubs to yourself if you wait for others to finish. Although the setting is primitive, the hot water has been diverted into two rather elaborate hot tubs. The area even has metal gates, concrete benches, restrooms, and interpretive signs.
Touring Arizona Hot Springs

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Touring Arizona Hot Springs

by Matt C. Bischoff (Falcon Guides)

A set of semi-developed hot wells in an isolated valley in southeast Arizona, where hot water has been diverted into two concrete tubs. An artesian well feeds two concrete soaking tubs which have been fenced in by the BLM. The two tubs are within an off-road recreation area, and are visited regularly. Located in the dry San Simon Valley, the tubs are far removed from any towns, and at times a peaceful desert experience can be had here. Generally, however, the area is populated by long-term campers and RVers who are allowed to stay for up to two weeks.

The two tubs provide nice soaking opportunities and overflow into a sand-and-rock-lined pool where the temperature is lukewarm (not for bathing). In all three pools, bathing suits are required and advised, as there will generally be people around. Despite the relatively large number of people who tend to frequent this site, there are still beautiful desert vistas from the tubs to enjoy. You can generally get the tubs to yourself if you wait for others to finish. Although the setting is primitive, the hot water has been diverted into two rather elaborate hot tubs. The area even has metal gates, concrete benches, restrooms, and interpretive signs.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Safford
Season: Fall, winter, and spring. Summer is too hot.
Features: Hot Springs
Local Maps: USGS Safford, Willcox
Driving Directions: Directions to Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area

Recent Trail Reviews

4/28/2006
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Nice hot springs and dunes. The weather was nice, overcast. It may have been too hot without the cloud coverage, but the day we went out was great. We took our sandrail out and had a great time on the dunes and enjoyed the hot wells.



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May 2018