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Charcoal Kilns

Dirt track off of Highway 178/Wildrose Canyon Road, Death Valley National Park, CA
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must see

The road is partially a graveled road with rough spots. Worth the trip. History is explained as... read more

Reviewed 18 December 2017
Jean L
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Whitestone, New York
Some of the best preserved Charcoal Kilns in the USA

These relics of the past are in great condition and a must see if you visit Death Valley. The... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2017
ToxicTabasco
,
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Dirt track off of Highway 178/Wildrose Canyon Road, Death Valley National Park, CA
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Reviewed 18 December 2017

The road is partially a graveled road with rough spots. Worth the trip. History is explained as to why they were built here. Still smell like smoke houses

1  Thank Jean L
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

These relics of the past are in great condition and a must see if you visit Death Valley. The location is not well traveled. It's accessed by a short dirt road just pass WildRose campground. The higher elevation makes it a great place during the...More

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

Took me three years to get here, but it was worth the wait! Absolutely amazing slice of history and workmanship. Almost beyond belief that you can still smell the charcoal after all this time. Enjoyed seeing the subtle differences between the different kilns. If you...More

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Reviewed 20 July 2017

The kilns are very interesting, and thinking about the history around you. Using the nearby trees to make charcoal fore the mines at the lower elevations. The trip out also offers several scenic spots where you can stop. The dirt road is about 2 miles...More

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Reviewed 18 May 2017

Large Beehive shaped cones. Access is on dirt road but well worth the trip. Desert land turns into forested areas used to create charcoal for use for smelting in the silver mines

1  Thank kelly d
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

The last mile or so is on dirt road that is a bit rough, but we made it fine in our rental car. Well worth the trip, very interesting!

2  Thank Gomez22
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Reviewed 24 March 2017

during the drive to the kilns you experience an amazing transfer - from the desert heat at the valley floor through the oasis of Wildrose hills and up to the snow covered forested peaks of Telegraph Peak. Its a dirt road after Wildrose. 4WD recommended.

3  Thank Avi F
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

I found the kilns to be incredibly boring. They are also located quite far in the southern portion of the park. If you're short on time, I don't think this is worth a visit. If you've got more time and have hit other key points,...More

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Reviewed 11 March 2017

The kilns are interesting to see. It is amazing to think of what it would have been like to live and work in such a remote area when these were actively used over a hundred years ago. The drive out to this area is also...More

1  Thank Jim B
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

One of a kind. Not readily seen elsewhere. Worth the drive, even though there is about a mile of unsaved rough road. A regular SUV can easily mjake it, just go low and avoid the dips. The intrepid physically it can take a hike here,...More

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Anne L
12 August 2016|
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Response from Mark S | Reviewed this property |
The Road to the Kilns probably would be closed due snow. There are plenty of other things to see in DV at that time of year.
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