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“Unfriendly host”
Review of Chandalar Ranch

Chandalar Ranch
Reviewed December 25, 2017 via mobile

Threatened to be “careful” on his private property even before I could say anything. I was hoping for a good experience based on the review but that was not what I expected. $30 is way over priced for a seat and the host is very aggressive and unfriendly. Definitely NOT RECOMMEND.

1  Thank Yun Z
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Reviewed April 1, 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 the Aurora Borealis Lodge.

Thank poilippus
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Reviewed March 6, 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 are plentiful. Maggie was most friendly, welcoming and efficient. She also kept a watchful eye on the crowd: that is, reminding camera buffs to not uses flashes and flashlights. The tour price is good value, considering what some other companies charge for the same type of tour. I really enjoyed my experience at Chandalar Ranch and would consider staying overnight the next time. Because this tour is so popular with foreign guests however, be prepared for a very large and sometimes boisterous crowd, clicking away non-stop on their various cameras. If possible, try to find a date when the bus tours are not booked there at the same time.

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Reviewed February 16, 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 for about an hour and took pictures. They were weak but visible. My first time! Clouds moved in and we went inside the lodge. Ben Boyd showed videos, described the Alaskan Indian tribes and then did the famous "hoop dance." Ben is an elder in the local tribe and has studied Indian culture extensively. He is knowledgeable but also very personable. Surprisingly, there were no other guests that evening so we had the lodge and Ben all to ourselves!! What an amazing evening. We got back to our hotel around 3 am - very tired.

Thank Shirley S
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Reviewed April 22, 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 the back area has been arranged to provide for guests to come and see the lights. The bottom floor has restrooms, showers and even some guest rooms for those who want to stay overnight. The upper floor houses a large meeting room with couches around the perimeter and seating in rows if they have a larger turnout. At the end of the room is a large screen TV where videos about the Aurora and Alaska can be viewed. A second story covered deck/porch leads to an open deck that gives unobstructed view of the sky. It is also possible to take your tripod out into the backyard on the ground floor if you prefer. There are coffee, tea, cocoa and snacks provided in the meeting room.

Our success was mixed as the clouds played hide and seek with the stars most of the evening, but we did get some basic green Aurora and a few decent photos. Overall positive experience was had and would recommend it. Hope you have a bit more luck with the Aurora.

Thank jonmcwhite
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