Near I-10, in the desert between Tucson, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas.
Geothermal water was springing up at a campground where ATV enthusiasts were gathering.
Probably it is because I only visit remote hot springs, but when I lived in the United States, I was surprised to see how many unpaved roads there are.
Perhaps pickup trucks are so popular in the United States due in part to the condition of the roads.
Perhaps it is for the same reason that ATVs have become a popular leisure activity.
Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area is a campground for these enthusiasts.
The wilderness created by the drying up of an ancient lake is the playground for ATVs.
There are geothermal wells here that were built to drill for oil.
The entrance fee to the campground is $3.00 per vehicle (as of this writing).
I fed what little bills I had into a metal box and searched for the hot springs.
Two circular pools
Perhaps it was the result of the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of the Interior, but the site was well maintained despite its remote location.
There were two fenced-in pools, one in the front left and the other in the back right.
The water used was not self-fed but pumped up.
A large solar panel marked the shed, which contained a pump that appeared to be used for pumping water.
It would be great to be able to soak in hot water on a camping night, but that dream will never come true.
Perhaps because it relies on sunlight for its power source, it is not possible to soak in the hot water once the sun sets.
The pools, which were round enough to accommodate about six people, were sturdily constructed.
The water temp was around 106 degrees F.
Since there was nothing to block the strong sunlight while soaking, it felt warm enough even at this temperature.
It was free-flowing water without added tap water or chlorine.
There was enough gushing water, and the overflowing water was sucked into the sandy soil.
Let's take a look at the other pool.
Except for the positioning of the handrails and benches, I could find little difference.
The temperature here was slightly warmer.
In 1928, records show that thermal water gushed out when 1,600 feet underground were dug for oil drilling instead.
Instead, the water is tasteless and odorless and has no smell of oil.
It can be said that it was a big miss for oil drilling.
On the other hand, we can enjoy hot springs in this way thanks to a fiasco nearly 100 years ago, so it is hard to know what is a failure and what is a success.