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Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area

The Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area is located approximately 35 miles from Safford (the nearest city with all services including hospital).   The area is generally accessible by all types of vehicles but the road can get rough at times, so be prepared to take it slow.   Once at the site be aware there is no electricity, drinking water or phones available.   Also if you plan on having a fire we encourage you to bring your own wood due to a very limited amount available on site.

Both tubs at Hot Well Dunes operate during daylight hours thanks to a solar pump funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).


Haekel Road - From Safford, travel seven miles east on Highway 70.  Turn right (south) on BLM's Haekel Road and proceed 25 miles to the area.

Fan Road - From Bowie, drive two miles north on Central Avenue to Fan Road. Travel one mile east on Fan then go north on Donahue for one mile. Turn east on Rosewood and follow it for six miles to Haekel. Go another nine miles north to the site.

Tanque Road - This road provides access from Highway 191.  The turnoff from Highway 191 onto Tanque Road is located near milepost marker 105.


Recreation use fees of $3.00 per vehicle per day or an annual permit for $30.00 are collected at this recreation area.  All America the Beautiful Passes, including the Annual, Senior and Access Passes are honored at this site.

Fees collected at the site are returned directly to the site to improve and maintain the access roads, campsites, restroom facilities, hot tubs, picnic areas, and parking areas. We ask everyone to be partners in this effort by paying a few dollars to enjoy the public lands a whole lot more.

A BLM permit and fee is not required for vehicles in tow.  The annual BLM permit may be obtained from the Safford BLM office, 711 14th Ave, Safford, AZ 85546, or call (928) 348-4400.


  • OHV driving
  • camping
  • picnicking
  • fishing

Related Facilities:

  • 2 hot tubs
  • 10 tent/RV units
  • fire grills
  • accessible vault toilets 

Best Season:  fall, winter, spring

Topographic Maps:  BLM Surface Management Map, USGS Topographic Maps Arizona 7.5 minute = Arizona 1:100,000

Elevation:  3400 feet

Tread Lightly by:

  • Traveling only where permitted
  • Respecting others' rights
  • Educating yourself
  • Avoiding animals and easily damaged areas
  • Driving responsibly

  Safford Field Office
711 14th Avenue
Safford, AZ 85546-3337
Phone: (928) 348-4400
Fax: (928) 348-4450
Field Manager:  Scott Cooke
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F