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Chena Hot Springs



In Fairbanks, AK, the sun never goes down in the summer and barely comes up in the winter. Fortunately, light or dark, warm or 40 below, it’s always a good time to visit Chena Hot Springs.

Located an hour northeast of downtown Fairbanks, Chena Hot Springs offers much more than its infamous boulder-ringed hot spring pool. This hot spring resort has ATV rentals, cabins and a campground, dog sled rides, a restaurant/bar, and an ice museum. There is space here for the comforts of home or to live on the wild side. Opt for a massage followed by happy hour at the bar or cook your own food at the all-night campfire in the adjacent campground. Up to you.


  • Plenty of room in the main pool for the many guests you’ll encounter here on your visit.
  • Auxiliary indoor heated pool and hot tubs.
  • From September to March, it’s one of the best places to observe the Aurora Borealis.
  • Summer hiking trails in summer become cross-country skiing trails in the winter.
  • Cabins, yurts, and a campground are great overnight lodging options.
  • Full-service, year-round resort.
  • Ice museum for the kids and an ice bar for the rest of us.
  • Whether you’re a Fairbanks, AK local or you’re visiting from the lower 48, Chena Hot Springs is a welcome respite from the cold.
  • Full amenities available: fresh water, full service restaurant/bar, lodging, campground.