Watson Hot Well

Safford, Arizona

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A small, natural source of hot water diverted into a concrete-and-rock pool in a dry desert wash. A fairly hot source of water in a dry desert wash has been diverted into a concrete tub. The tub has been continually improved through the years, and is now quite an elaborate soaking feature. The tub is large enough for two people to fit comfortably. The water is kept clean and clear by the constant filling and runoff from the source. Although it is located in a dry wash, tamarisk bushes offer a fair oasis around the tub. This tub is popular with locals and others and you can generally expect to see other people there, especially on weekends and at night. Primitive, except for the creation of the rather elaborate concrete soaking tub.

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"A small, natural source of hot water diverted into a concrete-and-rock pool in a dry desert wash. A fairly hot source of water in a dry desert wash has been diverted into a concrete tub. The tub has been continually improved through the years, and is now quite an elaborate soaking feature. The tub is large enough for two people to fit comfortably.

The water is kept clean and clear by the constant filling and runoff from the source. Although it is located in a dry wash, tamarisk bushes offer a fair oasis around the tub. This tub is popular with locals and others and you can generally expect to see other people there, especially on weekends and at night. Primitive, except for the creation of the rather elaborate concrete soaking tub."

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

Recent Trail Reviews

12/8/2006
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In the summer of 2006 Watson Hot Well was closed by the BLM. They pumped the well full of concrete, destroyed the rock tub, and placed a locked gate across the road up the wash to the well. Their reason was that the well was "contaminating" the Gila River (several miles away), but . . .



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May 2018