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Charcoal Kilns

Address: Dirt track off of Highway 178/Wildrose Canyon Road, Death Valley National Park, CA
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Type: Historic Sites, Outdoors
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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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62 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 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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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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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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25 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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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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Surrey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

The kilns are very well preserved but really are not worth the long drive with local petrol/diesel prices at $2 over the usual price.....the last 6 miles on a rough dirt road.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Getting to The Charcoal kilns is a very long drive but I guess it's worth it if you're looking for more adventure and scenic drive.and cooler temperatures (41 degrees ,march 2014).I'd say it's like driving from San Diego to Beaumont....the Charcoal kilns was built in 1877 which was used to convert pinyon and juniper logs to charcoal...

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Surrey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

The kilns are interesting although they have been renovated so not exactly the original specimens we expected. It is a long drive especially with the price of gas/diesel in the park. Unusually for the fantastic National Park Service there is very little information about the kilns or that it is a very long drive the last 6 miles on a... More 

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