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Chicken is a small village located at milepost 66.8 on the Taylor Highway in Alaska. It is one of the only places along this highway where gas is available, and is therefore a popular rest stop. Local legend is that the town was named after a group of miners decided to name it Ptarmigan after the local birds, but unable to agree on the spelling finally decided "Hell, let's just call it Chicken" (the nickname for ptarmigan).

Get in

The vast majority of visitors will arrive by car along the Taylor Highway. The road is not maintained year-round, so travel by road may be impossible once snow falls. The town also has a small dirt runway (IATA: CKX) located 0.8 miles east of the highway that is accessible to private planes year-round.

Get around

There are 3 businesses in Chicken: "Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost", "Downtown Chicken" and the "Goldpanner". The first two are located a short distance off of the highway on the Airport Road spur road. The Goldpanner gift shop is located along the Taylor highway.

Given the town's small size (the official population was 38 in 2002) the most obvious way to get around is by foot. Those unwilling to walk the short distances between the town's three businesses may want to ask themselves what they're doing in the wilds of Alaska!

See

Chicken's dredge
  • Pedro Gold Dredge #4, (located at the Chicken Gold Camp/Chicken Creek Outpost). This gold dredge operated on Chicken Creek from 1959 until 1967, and was previously used on Pedro Creek outside of Fairbanks. The Pedro Dredge is a National Historic Site and is open to daily tours. It is one of the most complete Alaska gold dredges, an example of the type of equipment used to mine the area's gold deposits.

Do

  • Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost, +1-907-235-6396 (winter) +1-520-413-1480 (summer), [1]. Gold panning and recreational mining are provided on their claims for daily fees. Rental equipment is available. Kayaking adventures on the nearby Fortymile River are also available. $10 to $50 per day for mining activities and $30 for 1/2 day kayak rentals.
  • Chickenstock Music Festival, +1-907-590-2681, [2]. Chickenstock 2009 will be the third annual and a new gathering of global ‘chickenites” and ‘chickenuts’ and local bluegrass music. So pack up your ‘nest’, ‘comb’ your feathers and come ‘strut’ your stuff in the midnight sun on June 13th, 2009.

Buy

Eat

"Downtown" Chicken
  • Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost, +1-907-235-6396 (winter) +1-520-413-1480 (summer). [3] The cafe menu includes fresh baked scones, egg souffles, deli style paninis, soup du jour, and BBQ chicken. Espresso drinks and other beverage concoctions as well as hand-scooped ice cream are also available.

Drink

Sleep

Lodging

  • Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost, +1-907-235-6396 (winter) +1-520-413-1480 (summer), [4]. Offers cabins for up to six or rooms with two single beds. Amenities include propane heat, free wireless internet, kitchenettes, and access to public restrooms and pay-showers. $90 per night for cabins (double occupancy), $75 per night for a room (double occupancy).

Camping

  • Chicken Center RV Park. There is a RV park in downtown chicken that offers picnic tables and plugins.
  • Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost, +1-907-235-6396 (winter) +1-520-413-1480 (summer), [5]. 20 sites with hookups, and amenities including free wireless internet, free firewood, dump station, potable water, and access to public restrooms and pay-showers. $18 per night with hookup, $10 per night without.

Contact

Chicken Post Office

Get out

  • Tok - Located 78 miles away at the southern end of the Taylor Highway at its junction with the Alaska Highway.
  • Dawson City - One of the most famous and historic gold mining towns in the North, Dawson City is located 108 miles away along the Taylor and Top of the World highways.
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