Both tubs at Hot Well Dunes are now operating thanks to a solar pump funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Please be aware that, since the flow is dependent on the solar pump, the tubs only operate during daylight hours.
If you have any questions, please call the BLM Safford Field Office at 928-348-4400 on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Hot Wells sprang 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° Fahrenheit, has been flowing ever since. The remains of the early drilling equipment can still be seen approximately 100 yards west of the well just off the entrance road.
The hot mineral water is great for soaking aching muscles after a day of riding the dunes, relieving the pain of arthritis, or just relaxing from the stress of the day. While this water feels great, it is important to remember that it is 106 degrees.
People with high blood pressure, heart ailments or other serious medical conditions should consult a doctor prior to using the tubs. This water may also be too warm for children, especially the very young. Adult supervision is always required for children using the tubs. Always remember to use alcohol responsibly when recreating, especially when using the tubs.
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