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Charcoal Kilns

Dirt track off of Highway 178/Wildrose Canyon Road, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
+1 760-786-3200
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A long drive on bumpy roads and well worth the trip

This is an amazing area with trails and excellent views in the pine forest . One of the highlights... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
einnoC
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Irvine, California
Pretty neat

They are pretty neat but the drive out to them is a pain. It is an extremely rough road and a long... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Juli K
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“long drive” (12 reviews)
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Dirt track off of Highway 178/Wildrose Canyon Road, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
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+1 760-786-3200

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing area with trails and excellent views in the pine forest . One of the highlights of our trip.

Thank einnoC
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

They are pretty neat but the drive out to them is a pain. It is an extremely rough road and a long drive. If you aren't going to hike the trail then I would saw it might not be worth it but they were fun...More

Thank Juli K
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

We visited the Kilns because we hiked wildrose peak. I would have been disappointed if I'd taken the time to drive out just to see the Kilns. As everyone says, it's a rough gravel road but probably do-able in a sedan.

Thank melissa w
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

The last 2 miles of the road to the Charcoal Kilns is described as "passable for regular cars if the road has been graded". I'm not sure that 2 miles of road is EVER graded, it was not passable 2 times that I tried to...More

Thank CTBCalifornia
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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

Thank ToxicTabasco
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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

Thank VespagirL55
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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

1  Thank JoeCosentino
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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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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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