- 35 miles southeast of Safford
- Vehicle Type:
- Rideable year round
DescriptionThis 2,000-acre area of rolling sand dunes at Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area provides a great opportunity for off-highway-vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts. This recreation area has been designated "open" to vehicles, meaning all types of vehicles including sand rails, ATVs, motorbikes, and four-wheel- drive trucks are allowed to ride anywhere within the fenced boundary.
There are low, sparsely vegetated dunes for those preferring a slower paced ride, while several larger dunes provide a challenge for the adventurous rider. OHV use is allowed outside of the fenced area on existing roads and trails.
Most use at this site occurs during the fall, winter and spring when the temperatures are pleasant. OHV use can be heavy on weekends during this time, especially holiday weekends. Summers are extremely hot.
As an added bonus the BLM has created two large hot tubs for your use at the recreation area. Hot springs came into existence by accident back in 1928, when drillers seeking oil under the sand dunes broke into a pocket of hot water at a depth of 1,920 feet. The artesian well, producing over 250 gallons of water per minute at 106 degrees Fahrenheit, has been flowing ever since.
There are campsites that have a picnic table and campfire ring, but if you don't need these amenities feel free to pick any undeveloped spot that meets your needs (excluding the parking area and area immediately around the hot tubs). If you plan on having a fire we encourage you to bring your own wood due to a very limited amount available on site. Please be aware, there is no electricity, drinking water or phones available The use fee is $3.00 per vehicle per day or annual permit for $30.00.
Bureau of Land Management
711 14th Avenue
Safford, AZ 85546-3321
Fan Road - From Bowie, turn north on Central Avenue and continue two miles north to the Fan Road.
Continue on the Fan Road for eight miles, then turn left on Haekel Road and proceed nine miles to the area.
Tanque Road - This road provides access from Highway 191. The turnoff from Highway 191 onto Tanque Road is located near milepost marker 105.