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

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The drive itself is worth the trip

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

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 

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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.

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Twain Harte, California
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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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Ohio
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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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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.

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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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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

They are a real drive to get up on the mountain to see and are in ruins. Behave seen ones in far better repair elsewhere in Nevada.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Some 25 miles off the main Death Valley highway 190, then another 2 (was 6, but most recently tarmaced) on a 'so so' dirt road (quite OK for 2 w/d) to reach the kilns, will seem a wasted journey for some. But for the adventurous enthusiast, this is what a true 'Roadtrip' is all about. The kilns were built by... More 

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Address: Address: Dirt track off of Highway 178/Wildrose Canyon Road, Death Valley National Park, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Death Valley National Park

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