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Chena Hot Springs Travel Guide: 53 reviews and 81 photos

Soak and Relax in the mineral pools

Chena Hot Springs is about 60 miles outside of Fairbanks at the end of the road. We went on a winter special with Alaska Railroad on the Aurora Train. The train goes along the edge of the Denali National Park and Preserve. On a clear day you have many miles of views of the great one, at one point you are only 46 miles away.

This is my first trip to the interior.

I am accompanied by Gretchen, to whom this page is dedicated.

The Aurora Train

Alaska Railroad with it's blue/gold motif was once the only way to explore the interior, except by foot or dog sled. Towns grew, flourished, and died as there was more transportation options. Many of the stops along the way are now just names from the past. Get a "Ride Guide" at the Anchorage Depot, it is invaluable well worth the $5.

The train makes its way slowly so there are plenty of views, and homesteaders can flag the train to travel, get or send supplies. I highly recommend the train, even though it is a 12 hour ride.

Pile of Bones

During a weekend stay, you will not run out of activities, or you can just relax. If the sky is clear, you will see the northern lights (not in summer!), as well as wildlife in the area. This pile of bones has moose horns, elk and caribou. This is a good spot to relax and enjoy your holiday.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Take a break and relax
  • Cons:Isloated, and they know it
  • In a nutshell:A good weekender
  • Last visit to Chena Hot Springs: Feb 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • blaird's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2005 at 10:59 AM

    I may be able to talk my wife into an Alaska trip ...to visit a spa like this!

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2003 at 11:01 AM

    Hahah gold panning in a shack!! I think the Shack owners have struck gold in the form of tourists!! Great Page Nick! Happy New Year!!

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2003 at 9:54 PM

    Honolulu in Alaska! Everyday I learn a bit more about the world thanks to VT!! Funny and interesting page!!!

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2003 at 12:49 PM

    The outhouse tip is undoubtably the most useful "warning and dangers" tip I have come across.

  • bhewitt's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2003 at 6:24 AM

    You are a great writer. Enjoyed reading about your trip. I try to visit Chena Hot Springs as often as possible. Love Kodiak too.

  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2003 at 7:17 PM

    Poop on the toilet seat and boats made of baleen. I'm with you -- I'll take the massage and the hot spring anyday!

  • spintobecca's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2003 at 2:15 PM

    Glad your trip went well! I went last summer and it was fantastic!

  • Drphoto's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2003 at 10:35 PM

    Make some space for me in that pools ! Super page !

  • Mar 11, 2003 at 10:21 PM

    Dog Sled is fun. i did it in yellow knife Canada. ^0^

  • whitneyone's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2003 at 1:03 AM

    wow...if i could sit in the springs and see the northern lights...that would be a perfect life! Is it possible?


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