Use Care Driving Chena Hot Springs Road

Tourist Injury Firm in Fairbanks

Chena Hot Springs Road is the epitome of a “scenic route” and a popular tourist attraction year-round. Chena Hot Springs Road extends approximately 55 miles outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. In more than 25 years helping injured Alaskans and tourists, Merdes Law Office has seen a few things we think drivers should be aware of to make driving Chena Hot Spring more enjoyable and as safe as possible.

Wildlife Abounds

You can normally expect to see a variety of wildlife on Chena Hot Springs Road. Moose are commonly observed in the water holes of the Chena River, particularly at Slough Lake (Mile 28) and at the Red Squirrel Campground (Mile 42.) Also at Mile 42, you can expect to find beavers and muskrat on the south side of the road. Pay particular attention to these areas. Drive with extra care.

Caution: Curves Ahead

Chena Hot Springs Road follows interior Alaska’s contours. Interior roads are full of blind curves. Chena Hot Springs Road has sections that are poorly designed or worse, poorly maintained. Unmaintained sections of Chena Hot Springs Road may be blocked by trees, falling rocks, or other debris. Blind curves increase the potential for injury or death to drivers and passengers. Blind curves limit the amount of time drivers have to react to oncoming traffic.

Frost Heaves

Unfamiliar Tourists in Alaska may be unaware of “frost heaves.” Some people say frost heaves turn “pavement” into “wavement.” Others describe frost heaves as a “crumpled blanket.” When the ground repeatedly freezes and thaws during autumn and spring, the pavement pushes upward, causing waves and breaks in the pavement. Frost Heaves can damage cars and lead to accidents. Frost heaves and blind curves are a dangerous combination on roads such as Chena Hot Springs Road. Slow Down.

If You Have Been Injured

If you have been injured in Alaska, contact the AV Rated, Board Certified tourist injury firm in Fairbanks, Alaska: Merdes Law Office, P.C.. We will ensure your claim is honorably presented and asserted under Alaskan law. You can focus on healing. For further information or to schedule a consultation please call 866.452.3741 or visit

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