The following rules are designed to promote public safety at the Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area. (Federal Register/Vol. 74, No. 130/Thursday, July 9, 2009/Notices)
1.) Vehicle Rider Capacity
A person operating an off-road vehicle within the HWD Recreation Area shall ride only on the permanent, regular seat attached to the off-road vehicle. The operator of an off-road vehicle shall not carry any additional person(s) on an off-road vehicle unless the vehicle is designed and manufactured to carry such additional person(s). No person shall ride an off-road vehicle unless the vehicle is designed and manufactured to carry that person.
2.) Clinging to or Being Towed by a Vehicle
No person operating an off-road vehicle within the HWD Recreation Area shall attach the off-road vehicle to any object or person and tow such object or person. No person shall cling to, or be towed by, an off-road vehicle.
3.) Safety Flags
Safety flags are required on all off-road vehicles used within the HWD Recreation Area. An exception to this requirement is made for Recreation Vehicles (RVs), Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs), pickup trucks, and passenger sedans. Safety flags must be brilliant orange or red in color, and at least six (6) inches by 12 inches in size. Masts must be securely mounted on the off-road vehicle and extend eight (8) feet from the ground to the mast tip. Safety flags must be firmly attached to the top portion of a mast.
4.) Vehicle Use
No off-road vehicle within the HWD Recreation Area will be allowed within areas enclosed by the metal, tube railings there or where signed as prohibited.
Public nudity within the HWD Recreation Area and, in particular, in the hot tubs there, is prohibited.
6.) Firearms and Archery
Archery and the discharge of firearms or other weapons, including pneumatic and spring-loaded BB guns and pellet guns, are prohibited within the HWD Recreation Area.
Pets must be leashed or otherwise physically restricted at all times within the HWD Recreation Area.
8.) Speed Limit
The speed limit for off-road vehicles within the HWD Recreation Area is 10 miles per hour on the main access road, and within 50 feet on either side of the main access road. The speed limit is also 10 miles per hour within 50 feet of a campsite, or any concentration of three (3) or more people. Operating an off-road vehicle above this speed is prohibited.
Camping within the HWD Recreation Area is not allowed within the designated parking area; within areas enclosed by metal, tube railings; or where signed as prohibited.
10.) Waste Disposal
Dumping of sewage or gray water is prohibited within the HWD Recreation Area.
11.) Length of Stay
To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the area, camping is limited to 14 days within any 28-day period.