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Chandalar Ranch

5804 Chena Hot Springs Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712-3511
+1 907-488-8402
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Nice location to look for auroras away from the Fairbanks city lights. However, the place gets... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2017
Hilo, Hawaii
Terrific place to view the Northern Lights

Chandalar Ranch is ideally located for viewing the Northern Lights. Guests are promptly collected... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2017
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5804 Chena Hot Springs Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712-3511
+1 907-488-8402
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

Nice location to look for auroras away from the Fairbanks city lights. However, the place gets overcrowded - over 100 visitors and a few guides, hard to tell which noisier than the other, and nobody in control. For a more quiet, intimate experience we recommend...More

Thank poilippus
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Chandalar Ranch is ideally located for viewing the Northern Lights. Guests are promptly collected at their downtown Fairbanks hotel and transported by van about 40 minutes drive from the city. The large lodge with north-facing windows is warm and comfortable. Complimentary hot beverages and cookies...More

Thank lorrainet480
Reviewed 17 February 2017

We took a night-time excursion to the ranch to see the northern lights. Ben Boyd picked us up at our hotel at 10 pm and drove us there (about 45 min ride). Surprisingly, we caught a glimpse of the aurora just as we arrived. Watched...More

Thank Shirley S
Reviewed 22 April 2016

Our 5 day trip to Fairbanks in search of the Aurora allowed us one night at the Chandalar Ranch. We were picked up at our hotel and driven 20 miles out of town to our viewing site. The building appears to be a home that...More

Thank jonmcwhite
Reviewed 22 March 2016 via mobile

We went dog sledding, target shooting and snowmachine there. The experience was great. Maggie and her husband were super nice and helpful. Worth visiting! You can also choose to stay a couple nights there. I've been told that it is a great place for viewing...More

Thank Eleanor L
Reviewed 21 February 2016

It's a really nice small wooden house hotel and a absolutely good place to see Aurora at night. Although rooms are small and you have to cook by your own in the kitchen, so be sure to prepare and buy enough food from supermarket as...More

Thank Paulina Z
Reviewed 9 February 2016

We were driven here to view the Aurora and thoroughly enjoyed the evening and morning. They had hot teas, hot chocolate, hot coffee and Oreos for our enjoyment in between going out to the large viewing deck and coming in to get warm. They showed...More

Thank Lynn S
Reviewed 24 November 2015

I came here in hopes to view the northern lights. While I waited there was an indoor viewing room with windows to check for aurora activity and a movie screen with pictures of the aurora taken from the owner, a documentary on the aurora and...More

3  Thank AmandaMastro
Reviewed 19 November 2015

We were driven to Chandalar Ranch by Ben Boyd to view the northern lights. The public area is very large & comfortable with an outdoor deck to view the aurora. The outside is almost completely void of lights to make viewing easier. Warm clothing &...More

3  Thank D C
Reviewed 7 November 2014

Went there with Ben and wait for the northern light. The place itself is warm & cozy. U could have a hot drink or have some snacks indoors. And outside there is good view position for northern lights. George there is very friendly and helpful....More

Thank Fred_Yuanxin_Zhang
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