Moose Lodge: 40 Rooms
Built in 1998 when the resort was purchased by current owners. Rooms were renovated in summer 2007. Spacious with two queen beds, 14 inch mattresses, full bath, 8 channel TV, hair dryer, coffee maker and telephone. Based on double occupancy, $20 per person additional for triple/quad, maximum four persons, unlimited swim or soak passes.
Signature Rooms: 32 Rooms
Rooms were renovated in summer 2006. These rooms are considered "lead-in" and are half the size of the newer Moose Lodge rooms but cozy. They have two double beds, 3/4 bath with shower, 8 channel TV, hair dryer and coffee maker. No telephone. Based on double occupancy, $20 per person additional for triple/quad, maximum four persons, unlimited swim & soak passes.
Family Suites: 8 Suites
Rooms were renovated in summer 2006. They are great for families or groups because there are two separate bedrooms divided by a shared 3/4 bath. One room has two double beds, 8 channel TV, coffee maker, hair dryer and 3/4 bath with shower. No telephone. The adjoining room has two twin beds with additional exterior entrance and 1/2 bath with toilet and sink. Based on quad occupancy, $20 per person additional for 5th or 6th person, unlimited swim & soak passes.
For your viewing pleasure, Chena Hot Springs Resort provides a special “aurora wake up call” for all guests, since most aurora “shows” are more visible after midnight. It is also important to note the lights undulate and move very quickly, sometimes by the time you are notified, get dressed and arrive outside, they have often disappeared. The best way to ensure seeing them is staying up late to watch for them yourself, therefore it is highly recommended to take a late afternoon or early evening nap which allows flexibility in staying up late.
Just imagine soaking outside in the 105 degree rock lake with the gorgeous Northern Lights dancing above your head. It just doesn't get any better than that!
Chena Hot Springs Resort is world renown for being one of the best places on Earth to see the infamous Northern Lights. The resort is located under the most active band of northern lights, is away from the light pollution of city lights, and the skies over Chena are clear more often than those over Fairbanks, just 60 miles away. These combining factors make it the perfect place to enjoy one of natures' most spectacular phenomenon. Featuring both a Natural Outdoor Adult (ages 18+) Rock Lake and hot tub, and an indoor family swimming pool and hot tubs, Chena offers a soothing water experience for all to enjoy.
In addition to the relaxing hot springs, there is a wide variety of activities offered that make this resort truly a one-of-a-kind destination. These activities range in price and include:
- A free daily geothermal renewable energy tour, which offers guests an opportunity to learn more about our energy saving projects.
- Exploring the world’s largest year-round ice museum in the world, the Aurora Ice Museum! Which stays a cool 20 degrees Fahrenheit inside year round.
- Chena Sled Dog Kennel Tour. This is your chance to chat with an experienced musher. Your guide will teach you about the sport, sharing knowledge and answering any questions you may have. You will be introduced to some amazing Alaskan Huskies, learn about this fascinating breed, and tour a working mushing kennel of over 50 dogs. The educational visitor center is a great place to warm up in the cool winter months, or to get a break from the sun during the sunny summer months. You will walk away from this tour with an abundance of dog mushing knowledge.
- 2 hour flightseeing tour to Mt. Deborah. Fly south past Granite Tors and the gold rich Salcha River. Cross the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and big Delta River to the north side of the Alaska Range. See glaciers and ice falls.
- Relax! Rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit with Massage Therapy. Benefits include increased range of motion and circulation, decreased stress and pain relief. Massage Therapist Kim Robson is back in Alaska! Just back from California, she’s a graduate from Utah College of Massage Therapy and specializes in multiple modalities. She will customize your massage to suit your needs and preferences.
- Aurora Viewing Snow Coach Tour. If you enjoy nature and want to see the Aurora Borealis up close, this is a must for your "life list." What is a Snow Coach Tour? It's an adventure of a lifetime! Depart the Chena Activity Center (1100 ft.) and venture 30 minutes up the hillside via Snow Coach to the top of a hill (2600 ft.) Our Snow Coaches hold three persons in the front compartment with the Tour Guide and 10 persons in the rear compartment. We have a total of six Snow Coaches available so we won't leave anyone that wants to go behind! After arriving on top, keep warm inside our heated 30 ft. Mongolian Yurt and enjoy a hot beverage of your choice (Aurora Viewing Tour only). Head outside to see the gorgeous sunset (Sunset Tour) or the amazing Northern Lights (Aurora Viewing Tour) and create memories of your Alaskan adventure!
- Alaskan Dog Mushing. Have you always wanted to drive a team of dogs around a beautiful winter trail and feel the rush of adrenaline with a speed you never imagined? Well, here's your chance to embrace the sport first hand by driving your own team of dogs! After an hour training session learning about Alaskan dog mushing, you will get behind the sled of your own team and travel around the resorts two mile dog sled trail. After completing your training as an Alaskan Dog Musher you will receive an official Chena Hot Springs Dog Musher Certificate.
- Get a work out by renting cross-country skis, snowshoes or ice skates at the Activity Center and cruise around the resort's 440 beautiful acres and scenic trails. The ice skating pond is located next to the Swimming Pool House.
- Take a day time or evening Guided Snow Machine Tour around areas of the resort only accessed by snowmobiles. Experienced Tour Guides show you the resort from trails and areas of the resort you haven't seen before. No experience necessary.
When is the best time to see the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights?
The aurora is always up there. Sometimes it cannot be seen because of unclear skies or sunlight. The aurora can be seen more frequently between September-May, and dark nights provide better opportunities than light days to view them.