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  • Address: Chena Hot Springs, Fairbanks, AK 99712, USA

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Chena River Recreation Area Tours

Encompassing 254,080 acres (102,823 hectares), the Chena River Recreation Area is located about 30 minutes east of Fairbanks, with the Chena River being the central focus of the park. As the name implies, the park is full of opportunities for outdoor recreation and is popular with hikers, backpackers, climbers, anglers, kayakers, skiers, snowmobilers, canoers, wildlife photographers and adventure enthusiasts.

The area is abundant with wildlife, home to black bears, brown bears, beavers, red fox, caribou, wolves, hoary marmots, pika, rock ptarmigan and, most predominantly, moose, which you’ll see many of around the lakes. In the Chena River, catch-and-release fishing for Arctic grayling is possible, but grayling and rainbow trout caught in the park’s stocked ponds -- located at mileposts 30, 42.8, 45.5 and 47.9 on the Chena Hot Springs Road -- may be kept.

While during warmer months visitors enjoy activities like hiking, climbing, ATVing, picnicking, canoeing and kayaking, winter activities may include dog sledding, skiing and snowmobiling. And no trip to the Chena River Recreation Area would be complete without a soak in the Chena Hot Springs, which is especially relaxing in the cold winter months. Nearby you can tour the Aurora Ice Museum, filled with ice sculptures, an ice bar and ornate chandeliers made of ice that change colors every six seconds to resemble the Northern Lights.

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The Chena River Recreation Area is different than the Chena River State Recreation Site.

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Snowmobile Adventure from North Pole, Fairbanks, null

Snowmobile Adventure from North Pole

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Enjoy an adventurous winter activity during your time in Fairbanks. On this snowmobile tour, your guide will lead you for 60 minutes through a true winter ...  Read more

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $95.00
Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Ski & Snow

Chena Hot Springs Tour from Fairbanks

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 8 Reviews

Rest and relax in the calming Chena Hot Springs. Visit the Fairbanks Ice Museum and learn about the powers of geothermal energy, all while being led by expert ...  Read more

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $175.00
Hiking Expedition at Angels Rock, Fairbanks, Thermal Spas & Hot Springs

Hiking Expedition at Angels Rock

One of the most popular trails in the Interior of Alaska is Angel Rocks, 55 miles east of Fairbanks, in the glorious Chena River Recreation Area. Explore the ...  Read more

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $160.00
Snowshoe Tour at Chena Lakes, Fairbanks, Hiking & Camping

Snowshoe Tour at Chena Lakes

Escape into the serene beauty of a natural winter wonderland at the Chena Lakes Recreation area with a multitude of trails beckoning.

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Duration: Flexible

From USD $45.00

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