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Crowe

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Posted: 09/09/19 07:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone been to Chena Hot Springs and/or the resort outside Fairbanks? Reviews are kind of all over. Thanks!


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Posted: 09/09/19 07:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nope. Reviews like this have kept me away.
https://www.webcenter11.com/content/news........at-Chena-Hot-Springs-pool-559869511.html


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Posted: 09/09/19 08:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

“The staff didn't shut down or clear the springs, in fact, they kept charging people to keep coming in. Incoming dippers were directed to climb over the landscaping rocks to get into the pool.”

Apparently to avoid the swimmer that died?


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Posted: 09/10/19 01:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You'll be surprised how many hot springs there are, just check along your route. We stopped in at Liard, and Thermopolis on the last trip.


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Posted: 09/10/19 07:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You'll be surprised how many hot springs there are, just check along your route. We stopped in at Liard, and Thermopolis on the last trip.

We are flying, not driving, so neither of these will work. However, we do plan on visiting both those areas again in the future so I will keep them in the back of my mind. Thanks!

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Posted: 09/10/19 06:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I was at Chena most recently a year ago. Decided it was not the spot for the mini-corporate retreat I was planning BUT..

...I wouldn't hesitate to go there for a visit.

I know nothing other than the headlines about the recent death but would offer the following comments (obviously, based on a year's dated info, so things could be different)
- The hot springs fill a variety of pools
- The pools are either naturally occurring or man-made (i.e. swimming pool)
- Other than the (1? or 2?) large-ish swimming pools, the water can get pretty hot in most areas...leading to some limit of how much time one wants to spend in the water, particularly if it's hot outside
- Like much of Alaska's "tourist attractions", Chena Hot Springs Resort is not what one would find in Manhattan, Rodeo Drive, or uptown Chicago... a bit more rustic than what one would expect for a resort in those places...but it is a order of magnitude step up from some of the fleabag motels in an around Fairbanks and is better than most if not all of the chain motels and competes with the better hotels in Fairbanks;
- I've gone to Chena several times just for dinner when I was staying in the Fairbanks area.
- When I visit Chena, I have the drive and/or small plane flight back and forth to Los Anchorage to see scenery or Northern lights, so it's not worth it to me to take the scenery or aurora tours offered at Chena...but if the sky is clear, such tours may very well be worth the price to an infrequent visitor.

All IMNSHO and FWIW.


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