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Address: Dirt track off of Highway 178/Wildrose Canyon Road, Death Valley National Park, CA
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Something unique to see while traveling in the Wildrose region. We stopped off on our way back down from Telescope peak - yet another interesting site related to the old mining... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 30, 2015
Orange, California
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Turlock, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

It is incredible to drive miles up into the mountains west of Death Valley and find these amazing charcoal kilns. The views are breathtaking and it leaves you wanting to know much more about the people who lived and worked here in the past

Orange, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

Something unique to see while traveling in the Wildrose region. We stopped off on our way back down from Telescope peak - yet another interesting site related to the old mining industry

WSM, United Kingdom.
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

It's a heck of a drive along a mostly paved road, but unmade for the last few miles. Once you get there though you find a well preserved historic site. The miners used to use these kilns to melt down the gold. It's fascinating really to think they managed to build these in the middle of nowhere in such inhospitable... More 

New York City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

A lot of good, varying scenery, as you climb along a two-lane paved road. The last couple of miles are graded gravel. The charcoal ovens are interesting, well-preserved artifacts of another era. But, to tell the truth, we enjoyed the drive there more.

Twain Harte, California
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Wow we could not believe that the bee hives were 25 ft tall and that there was 10 of them. What the miners did to smell gold was quite an expereice for them.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I'm fascinated by the things out there in the middle of nowhere. But I don't understand why the pavement suddenly stops where it does. So the last couple of miles is a really washboard road. There is a restroom option there at the trailhead in the parking lot.

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

As the road climbed to the kilns, we were treated to the sight of fresh sparkling snow! The craftsmanship of the kilns are interesting, well preserved and worth the drive.

Sydney Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

OK , It's a long & winding drive to get there but if you plan the drive right you get a fascinating part of the old history of Mans (& Woman's) attempt to make a living out of Death Valley ! The Kilns were built in 1879 by Swiss engineers but sadly ran out of puff, pun intended folks !The... More 

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Balboa Island, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Stop by the Charcoal Kilns on your way in to the Valley if you come through Trona. These 10 Kilns were built in the 1870's and are in amazingly good shape. Go inside and you can still smell the charcoal. This is also the start of the fabulous hike up Wildrose Peak.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

let me caveat this, we stayed where most people stay, furnace creek. the drive, about 90 minutes each way. the payoff, a cool site, but unless you are there to hike to telescope or something else more substantial, save your time for other things. its just so far to get to them, that unless you enter the park from that... More 

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