Location: Chandalar is located in Yukon-Koyukuk (CA) Borough at latitude 67.505 and longitude -148.494. It is north of the Arctic Circle at an elevation of 1,873 feet. Chandalar is approximately 200 miles north of Fairbanks and is in the Alaska Time Zone (UTC -9 hours).
Amenities: Prospecting dates back to the early 1900’s at Chandalar and it was developed as a mining camp about 1906 or 1907. A post office was established there in 1908. However, it was shut down in 1944.
How to Get There: The area has one small airport nearby, Chandalar Lake Airport. Travelers can also reach Chandalar by driving the Dalton Highway (also known as “The Haul Road”), although Chandalar itself is a number of miles from the highway. The road is gravel with few gas stations or campsites and can be extremely treacherous.
Weather: Chandalar is considered to have an arctic climate with long, very cold winters with few hours of sunlight and short, cool summers. In the winter temperatures can reach as low as –60°F.
Features: Chandalar is in the Brooks Range, a northernmost extension of the Rocky Mountains in northern Alaska. It was named after geologist Alfred H. Brooks and the entire range is within the Arctic Circle.The Brooks Range is home to 200 species of birds, more than 35 different kinds of land mammals including moose, bears, and wolverines. It is also home to several species of marine mammals and fish.