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    Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

    by sswagner Written Jan 5, 2005

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    First and foremost, do not plan on seeing this in the middle of summer. There is no nightime in the middle of summer. Winter is the best time to see the aurora with its long nights. The big hurdle is getting clear weather. if you get a clear night up here, there is an excellent chance of seeing the aurora. Chena Hot Springs is a popular spot for viewing the lights. They have an "auroratorium" where you can view them from large windows in a heated room. It is also fun to view them from the outdoor hot spring pool. Once seen, this is a sight that is never forgotten. Probably, this is the best compensation for those who live up here. Many people, including myself, believe that the Northern Lights are alone worth the trip to Alaska.

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    Hot Springs

    by Aurora907 Written Dec 8, 2004

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    Down at the end of Chena Hot Springs Road, is the famous Hot Springs of the same name. There is an outdoor rock lake that we still use no matter what the temperature is and there are great trails for cross country skiing, snowmobiling, hiking and also a great observation area to view the Northern Lights!!!

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    The hot springs

    by sswagner Written Jan 5, 2005

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    There is a natural outdoor pool as well as an indoor pool and some outdoor hot tubs where the hot spring is located. This is a great place to relax. Of course, getting in and out of the pools is the hard part, especially with the arctic air around here. This is a choice location for watching the aurora. Because of the water temperature and the air temperature, these pools create a lot of steam.

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    Winter fun

    by kaloz Written Feb 28, 2003

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    There is a small ice skating pond, actually I do not know the size because it wasn't shoveled. We've had a wierd winter in Alaska and they said the ice wasn't good. Skates are available for hire. There is nothing more fun than skating on the pond.

    Closed due to bad ice
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    One of the few privately owned...

    by o00o Written Oct 4, 2002

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    One of the few privately owned hot springs in Alaska is in Chena Hot Springs.

    It is a geothermal hot springs thus there isn't any sulfur smell.
    One spring comes out of the ground at 42C. Hot, Hot, Hot!!

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    Aurora watching

    by bhewitt Updated Jul 23, 2003

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    Laying in the snow, bundled up in enough down to feel like you are surrounded by a flock of geese, gazing upward into the sky at midnight, you will be mesmorized by the northern lights as they literally dance across the sky. There is no better place to see them then from Chena Hot Springs Resort about 60 miles from Fairbanks. It is possible to see them as early as September (before the snow falls) but they are really spectacular and frequent in March. Breathtakingly awesome.

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    Ice Museum

    by shavy Written Jul 1, 2015

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    We have missed the ice museum, the tour is only every two hour. This is worth to see, we have read about this museum and it is really a must to see when visiting Chena Hot Springs.

    The tour was just started when we arrived. The ticket counter is quite a long way from the museum a $15 entrance and you can spent inside for 45 min. It is opened all year round. It was quite warm during our visit. I saw those visitors going inside with their coat. Can't imagine how cold can be inside

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    Thermal Pool

    by shavy Updated Jul 1, 2015

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    The resort is northeast of Fairbanks, is about more than one hour drive the road is paved. There is accommodation, you can also get a package together, with unlimited entry to the pools. If you decided just to used the pool and entrance fee of $15

    The hot springs were discovered in 1905. The main minerals are sulfur, sodium and sodium bicarbonate

    Is one of the best thing to do if visiting the resort. If one have more time can also avail the package which include some activities. While soaking outside the pool, there is possibility that you might seen some wildlife

    This thermal pool outside is not permitted below 18 years. The temperature of the hot springs is an inviting 106 degrees Fahrenheit. I can't hold on for long, but there is small fall to cool off and also it massage your back, or you can cool off by laying on the surrounding rocks, or get a light splash underneath the spa’s fountains

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    Take a scenic ride with horse

    by shavy Updated Jul 1, 2015

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    Horse riding is also one of the activities here, very cool for kids. It is quite pricey for 30 min ride is $25 (kids) $50 (adults) and $80 for one hour horse ride

    You'll be guided they will take you to the trails around the resort, during the ride you will learn a good narration of the wildlife, vegetation and the area. You meandered around a small pond with a beaver dam, listened to the sounds of nature and saw some wild exotic

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    Wandering around

    by shavy Written Jul 1, 2015

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    After we took a soaked at the pool, we wander around. The resort is a nice place to spend for a day, besides the activities, if one doesn't want to do something, strolling around it doesn't cost any money.

    But why don't do anything, the surrounding is made to relax or for adventure. Is a more than an hour drive, while we here, took the advantage of getting to know the area. We also discovered during our walk that some old stuff standing in the yard of the resort. It is a pretty cool place to see and believe me is worth to drive so far

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    The Chena Sled Dog

    by shavy Updated Jul 2, 2015

    The sled dog resort is outside hot springs. We're on our way back to Fairbanks and we saw the sign, we stopped and park our car on a sideway

    We walk to a small path there is a gate with dog statue, and from here you're entering to sled dog resort. It was calm inside the dogs are brave, each of them has his own box and tied up in a chain.

    I never seen a sled dog in real, this is my first time see sled dog so close. I can't imagine how small the dogs are and can pull a cart

    Also one of the activities can be done here, (Dog cart Rides) for $60 per adult and you can enjoy the 1 and 1/2 mile trail ride. We haven't done this, we've done enough for the day and already emptied our pocket.

    They have one schedule a day in the summer at 3 pm. I was surprised I thought this must be only done in the winter, This activity in also offer in summer months, summer visitors can experience the ride. How cool!

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    Snowshoeing

    by wilsonjw Written Feb 20, 2006

    There are a number of excellent winter trails around Chena Hot Springs. On our most recent visit (February 2006), we snowshoed up Charlie Dome, all the way to the yurt. The grade of the trail is pretty steep, but if you're in shape, the hike is well worth it. The snowmachines (snowmobiles and snowcats) break the trail, so you won't be slogging up the hill in powder.

    I also recommend the trail up to Bear Paw; the grade on this trail is less than the grade for the Charlie Dome trail, and the views are spectacular.

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    Dog Sled -- ride or mushing lessons

    by kaloz Written Feb 28, 2003

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    Take a sled ride, or try your hand at mushing. You may see people mushing from the van on your ride to and from the resort. This is still done in Alaska.

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