Fairbanks Public Use Cabins
Public use cabins offer a great opportunity to escape the ordinary and venture off the beaten path. Embrace the simplicity of cabin life as you bring your own sleeping bags, camp mats, food, water, and fire fuel. Nestled near trails waiting to be explored, these public use cabins beckon outdoor enthusiasts seeking an unforgettable journey. As most of these cabins are off the road-system, access is limited to hiking or flying in, granting you exclusive access to remote and pristine locations.
Public Use Cabins
The White Mountain National Recreation Area has over 200 miles of winter trails that are shared by dog mushers, skiiers, skijorers, and snow machiners and several cabins have been built along the White Mountain winter trails to provide visitors with safety and comfort during their adventures.
This large 20 x 24 cabin with a broad, covered front porch supported by burled posts looks out over the Chena River and features exceptional access with wheelchair suitable ramps. Located about 37 miles from Fairbanks in the Chena River State Recreation Area, the cabin nestles in a handsome spruce-birch forest on the river inside the 254,000-acre recreation area.
This cozy 10×16 cabin inside a campground about 22 miles up the Elliott Highway from Fairbanks offers great access to the 400-acre Chatanika State Recreation Area with nearby sled and ATV trails, and boating on the Chatanika River. Wired for electricity, the cabin may be unavailable for public reservations May 1 through Sept. 30.
A cozy 14 x 12 log cabin inside a 61-acre park with a boat launch site on the Salcha River about 40 miles southeast of Fairbanks in the Tanana River Valley. The site is known for its grayling fishing, with a July salmon run. With skiing and snowmachining in winter. The cabin may be unavailable for public reservations mid-May through mid-September.
This airy and handsome 16 x 20 cabin with a sleeping loft stands in a popular campground next to an 800-acre fishing and boating lake about 59 miles southeast of Fairbanks. The cabin may be unavailable for public reservations May 1 through Sept. 30 because it is used to house campground hosts.
This handsome 16 x 24 log cabin with a sleeping loft sits on the banks of the Chena River about 48 miles from Fairbanks, featuring the musical flow of the crystal river with decent fishing for grayling or a launch spot for float trips. It’s dedicated to the memory of Park Ranger Darryl Hunt, who managed the Chena River State Recreation Area from 1994 to 2003.
This framed 12 x 20 cabin about 45 miles from Fairbanks is wired for electricity and offers a partitioned sleeping area, with space for up to four adults and a bit of privacy. Located inside the Granite Tors Campground, the cabin is a great base for exploring both the Chena Hot Springs Winter Trail (also known as the Yukon Quest Trail) and the 15-mile Granite Tors Trail.