A Guide to the Wonders of SE Arizona and SW New Mexico

-or- Things to Do Within 100 Miles of Duncan

 

List - Hot Springs

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Black Hills Back Country Byway (AZ)



Rich with wildlife and historical sites, and fascinating geology. Unpaved road; do not attempt this after rains or with a trailer longer than 20 feet.
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Blue River Complex (AZ-NM)



Of the total 400,000-acre Blue River watershed, 99% is managed by the U.S. Forest Service for the public. Half of the watershed is a designated Primitive Area.
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Essence of Tranquility Mineral Hot Springs (AZ)



Charmingly kitchy but well-maintained private pools of water flowing continuously from an artesian flow wellnot pumped, heated or cooled. The temperature of the water at the source is 108 degrees.
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Gila National Forest and Gila Wilderness (NM)



The nations first designated Wilderness Area, championed by the famed naturalist Aldo Leopold. Spectacular Indian cliff dwellings and a couple of ghost towns are tucked in amidst 3.3 million acres of unspoiled cactus deserts, forested foothills, and aspen-covered peaks.
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Hotwell Dunes Recreation Area (AZ)



The 500,000-acre San Simon Valley draws not just hot springs enthusiasts but hikers, rockhounders and ATV riders. Not a quiet retreat.
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Peloncillo Mountains Wilderness (AZ)



This 19,440 acre high-country wilderness is rich in archeological sites, including the more recent ruins of the Butterfield Stage Line.
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Roper Lake State Park (AZ)



Beautiful man-made lake of 30 surface acres, a boat ramp, natural stone hot tub, a swimming beach, a day use island with picnic tables and grills, and five miles of hiking trails. Boats are limited to small electric motors, so its great for a sail board or canoe.
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Sundial Hot Springs (NM)



Natural, sulphur-free, private hot springs in Bighorn Sheep country.
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Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway (NM)



Views of old volcanic mountain ranges and the wild, undammed Gila River, abundant wildlife including 337 species of birds, and the presence of seven of the eight distinct ecological zones.
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