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

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Long drive out to nowhere to see them

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
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Twain Harte, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Ohio
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48 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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.

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Sydney Australia
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338 attraction reviews
374 helpful votes 374 helpful votes
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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231 reviews 231 reviews
87 attraction reviews
236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
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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89 reviews 89 reviews
39 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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213 reviews 213 reviews
121 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
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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London
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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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Santa Barbara, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
27 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I've been to Death Valley dozens of times, and the road up to the charcoal kilns and on to Mahogany Flat remains one of my favorite parts of DVNP. They're not spectacular, but I love the adventure of driving up to see them. Trail to Rose Peak is up behind the kilns, and the road goes on up to Mahogany... More 

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Bordeaux, France
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I visited the kilns in November 2012 (not 2013 as indicated) with my two teenage daughters (third time for me). We couldn't believe we were driving on a bumpy dirt track to reach this unspoiled place. No parking lot, no tourist office, no facilities at all, we really felt out in the sticks. Thinking of those who worked there in... More 

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