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Chena River State Recreation Area Tours

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Chena River State Recreation Area
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.
Address: Chena Hot Springs, Fairbanks, AK 99712, USA
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2-Hour ATV Tour

2-Hour ATV Tour

Welcome to The Alaskan Experience! Your experienced guide will take you through some of the most beautiful wilderness around Fairbanks! Enjoy two hours of picturesque scenery on one of our brand new Polaris ATV's. No experience? No problem! Your guide will outfit you with safety equipment, teach you how to operate the ATV, and ensure you are comfortable before we embark. For more experienced groups we can offer more advanced terrain, up to "extreme" if your group wants a challenge! Book up to 4 ATV's per tour. Additional riders are only $50 per ATV. Snacks, helmets and goggles are included, however feel free to bring your own. Safety waiver/liability release is required. No drivers under 16, no riders under 8 with parent/guardian present. Call us to discuss any exceptions, we are reasonable! Book 4 ATV's or call us if you would like a private tour.
  • 2 hours to 1 day
  • Free Cancellation

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