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Hot Well Dunes

Saturday, January 25, 2014
Alt Names Hackel Rd, San Simon River, Gold Gulch Wash, Starvation Flat, Tanque Rd, San Simon Valley, Bowie
Last Known Status Open
DESCRIPTION

This unique recreation area features hot springs, on-site camping and limited amounts of shade.

The name comes from an artisan well that produces 250 gallons of hot water (106F) per minute. A couple of concrete soaking tubs have been built for the hot springs and they were actually pretty clean. There are 10 developed tent/RV sites that include fire grills & vault toilets, as well as a day-use area.

Trails consist mainly of sandy washes and one main sand dune, with multiple dirt dunes surrounding it. (The sand is pretty firm, so you can still have plenty of fun without a paddle.) The area is very popular, especially during the weekends and the summer days can be very hot.

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LOCATION
Nearest City Bowie, AZ
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From: Tucson, AZ
1) Take I-10 east to town of Bowie (exit 362)
2) Follow road 1.8 miles to N. Central Ave.
3) Turn left on N. Central Ave., continue 2 miles
4) Turn right (east) on Fan Road (you will see a blue sign that says "Hotwell Springs"), continue 8.3 miles
5) Turn left (north) on Heckle Road (you will cross a cattleguard and see a BLM sign on the right), continue 8.1 miles
6) Look for main entrance on the right.
TYPE OF AREA
Area Trail, Dunes
Land BLM
QUALITY
Pros unique area has hot tubs, sandy trails & dunes to explore, has nice picnic tables & shade ramadas scattered around, reasonable fees
Cons far away from any major cities (long drive), no services
Rating Rating    Very Good    
Recommended Stay 1-2 Days
Fall/Winter
TERRAIN
Square Miles 3
Miles Of Trail 5
Climate Type Desert
Elevation 3300 to 3500 ft.
Trail Maintenance Not Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose Dirt This OHV area has no loose dirt.None
Hard Pack The OHV area has little hard pack terrain.Little
Sand This OHV area has mostly sandy areas.Mostly paddle or sand tire recommended for best experience
Mud The OHV area has no mud after it rains.None
Dust The OHV area has no dust on typical days.None
Rocks This OHV area has little rocks.Little
Trees The OHV area has few trees.Few
Steep Hills This OHV area has some steep hills.Some
Water Crossings The OHV area has no water crossings.None
Small Jumps This OHV area has many small jumps.Many
Large Jumps This OHV area has some large jumps.Some
Berms The OHV area has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel Pits This BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single Track This BLM land has no single track trails.None
Roads This BLM land has few roads.Few
Intersections This OHV area has almost all intersections.All
Rider Traffic The BLM land has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
Shade This BLM land has few shaded areas.Few
Ranges/Gunfire This BLM land has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
Hazards This OHV area has few hazards.Few (hazards not marked)
steep dropoffs
Easy Terrain Novice This OHV area has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain Amateur This OHV area has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain Expert This OHV area has little expert terrain.Little
REGULATIONS
Permit Required Yes AZGFD sticker required
Dates Open Year-Round
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (96 dB)
Whip Flags Yes (96 inches) Safety Flags Required
Maximum Vehicle Width No Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Permitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Permitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered) Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Permitted
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets Required Youth Only required for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Bicycles No Restriction Not Recommended
Hiking No Restriction Not Recommended
Horseback No Restriction Not Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping Some Areas
Campfire Restrictions Campfires Some Areas
Night Riding Yes Not Recommended
Cross Country Some Areas
Alcohol No Restriction
Fireworks Prohibited
Firearms Prohibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement Few/Periodic
Insurance *Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.
FEES
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry Yes ($3.00 per vehicle)
Riding No ($0.00)
Camping No ($0.00)
Comment Annual Permit - $30.00
KEY SERVICES
First Aid First Aid 30+ Miles (NW) Mt. Graham Medical Center (928) 348-4000
Gasoline Gasoline 30+ Miles (NW) Chevron/Safford
Diesel Diesel 30+ Miles (NW) Safford
Potable Water Water 30+ Miles (NW) Roper Lake State Park (928) 428-6760
RV Hookups RV Hookup 30+ Miles (NW) Roper Lake State Park (928) 428-6760
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 30+ Miles (NW) Roper Lake State Park (928) 428-6760
Primitive Camping Campground 30+ Miles (NW) Roper Lake State Park (928) 428-6760
Convenience Store Conv Store 30+ Miles (NW) Bashas/Thatcher (928) 428-6238
Swimming Swim Area 30+ Miles (NW) Roper Lake State Park (928) 428-6760
Body of Water Water Body On Site Hot Tubs
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 30+ Miles (NW) Roper Lake State Park - small electric motors only
CONTACTS
Contact Info BLM - Safford Field Office
711 14th Ave
Safford, AZ 85546-3321
(928) 348-4400
sfoweb_az@blm.gov
www.blm.gov
Contact Info Arizona Game & Fish Department
(602) 942-3000
www.azgfd.gov
Comment OHV Decal Info
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The overall dune area is not very large here.  There is a lot of sand and vegetation, but really only one main sand dune.
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The hot springs near the staging and camping area are a unique feature.
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This is one of the largest sand dunes.
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