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Chena Hot Springs Resort

This is the most accessible and developed hot springs in Alaska's Interior. Map to Chena Hot Springs Resort

Chena Hot Springs became famous in the early 1900's for curing crippled prospectors of their aches and pains.

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History (info obtained from their web site)
Whether you are looking for great family holiday deals overseas, or searching for an Alaska hot springs experience, it might be helpful to know some of the history of Chena Hot Springs. Robert and Thomas Swam had learned that a U.S. Geological Survey crew, in 1904, had seen steam rising from a valley somewhere on the upper Chena River. They (the surveyors) had guessed that the steam came from a hot springs but had not investigated further.

Robert Swan, suffering from rheumatism, set out with a boat load of supplies, in search of the hot springs. Over a month later the brothers were at the North Fork of the Chena and had to pole their way up that tributary to the mouth of Monument Creek. Soon after, on August 5, 1905, they finally found the hot springs.

By 1911, the property (with a stable, bathhouse and twelve small cabins for visitors) was a resort on its way to becoming a favorite getaway spot for world-weary residents of Fairbanks.

During the 2nd World War, it was designated at the Rest and Recreation facility for the Alaska Command. A gentleman wrote to us that he stayed there for R&R in 1945, while stationed on Adak.

Water is Analyzed
As the fame of the hot springs spread, the Department of Agriculture was asked by Alaska's delegate to Congress, James Wickersham, to analyze the waters. The Bureau of Chemistry analyzed three pints and concluded that the water was "different from any American hot springs which we have examined."

The principal characteristics of the Chena Hot Spring waters consisted of its content of sulfate, chloride and bicarbonate of sodium. In fact, it was very similar to the waters of Felsenquelle, one of the famous springs at Carlsbad in Bohemia. The hot springs are located at the center of a 40 square mile geothermal resource area.

Chena Hot Springs Resort is located 60 miles northeast of Fairbanks, at the end of the Chena River State Recreation Area. Water flows from the springs at 156 degrees, so it is cooled before bathers can enjoy the mineral waters.

Other Activities Available
In addition to relaxing soaks in the mineralized pools and spas, the resort offers a full range of summer and winter sports and outdoors activities, from fishing to volleyball, snow shoeing to naturalist walking tours and "snow cat" tours. Last we heard, the pool was open from 9 a.m. until midnight seven days a week.Chena Hot Springs Aurorium

Aurora Viewing
Later,  an aurorium was built to provide winter indoor views of the northern lights.

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