Near Fairbanks, the Chena River State Recreation Area has miles of ATV riding. Signs are normally posted at trailheads and access points which describe whether or not particular vehicles are allowed on the trail. The Chena Hot Springs Winter Trail, which parallels Chena Hot Springs Road, and trails which access back country cabins are color-coded. Colored reflective diamond-shaped trail markers and mileposts placed along the trail guide you to your destination. The markers work the same as the mileposts on the highways: as you travel toward a cabin or the hot springs, the markers are on your right. Please familiarize yourself with these markers and which trail they represent.
The Chena River State Recreation Area Management plan adopted in November of 2006 makes the Angel Creek Trail open to motorized use only in the winter from mid October through mid April. The management plan directs State Parks to reroute the Angel Creek Trail from low, wet areas near the trailhead and repair, or install hardened surfaces on the trail so that it can be opened for ORV use in the summer. When the trail is rerouted to a drier route, the realigned valley trail will be open to motorized use in the summer.
Note that most trails are very wet from May through September. You might sink your vehicle in a peat bog or need to cross a running creek. Be sure your clothing and machine are up to such adventures. Please note that mushers, skiers, and hikers share the trails with off-road vehicles and snowmachines.
Overall, Chena River State Recreation Area is the 24th most popular ATV riding trail of all 27 ATV trails in Alaska.