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Chena-Hot-Springs is a small, historic community located in interior Alaska, about 60 miles from Fairbanks. It's home to the most developed hot springs resort in the state, famous for its' legendary healing mineral waters. Due to its' remote location and distance from any big cities, Chena Hot Springs is also known as a prime location for viewing the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights which occur, on average, 200 nights per year. Visitors are often treated to a light show as they relax and soak in the warm mineral waters. Chena Hot Springs is a privately owned, 440-acre resort. The minerals were first discovered in 1905 by gold miners and it quickly was developed as a resort for residents in the nearby boomtown of Fairbanks. The springs are at the center of a 40-square-mile geothermal area. A steady stream of water bubbles up from the springs at 165 degrees (the waters must be cooled before visitors soak in them.) The resort has several indoor and outdoor tubs, Jacuzzis, and an indoor family swimming pool. Also, Rock Lake is a boulder-ringed artificial lake complete with a fountain reserved for adults, aged 18 plus. Other activities available at the resort include hiking, horseback riding, ATV tours, mountain biking, rafting, fishing, dog sled rides and gold panning. The surrounding area and nearby Chena River State Recreation Area offers additional hiking, canoeing, fishing and camping. Other nearby attractions include the Aurora Ice Museum, which is the world's largest year-round ice museum.

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Chena Hot Springs Weather & Climate

East-central interior Alaska has a subarctic climate with long cold winters, and short, warm summers. The weather is extreme, and a true example of a subarctic climate. Some of the coldest and warmest temperatures are seen in this region. Winter typically lasts from late September/early October until late April/early May. On average, the season's first snow falls around September 21, with a snowpack established by October 18. Snow occurs in large amounts, and remains on the ground until May. In winter, the direction of the wind causes large variations in temperature. When coupled with a chinook wind, temperatures stay well above freezing. Ice fog is also possible. This happens when air is too cold to absorb additional moisture. A notable meteorological occurrence in this region is the northern lights, which are visible on average more than 200 days per year.

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Chena Hot Springs Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Fairbanks International airport (FAI) located about 55 miles west of Chena Hot Springs in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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