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Address: Dirt track off of Highway 178/Wildrose Canyon Road, Death Valley National Park, CA
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Charcoal Kilns that look like beehives

These charcoal kilns were finished by miners in 1877 for use in smelting ore for the nearby mines. Access to the kilns from the south (from Trona/Panamint Valley) has been... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 18, 2015
Seattle, Washington

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San Mateo, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

Interesting structures. Last 2 miles of the approach is unpaved and it's washboard like conditions. It would help if I had a jeep. I started the journey from furnace creek visitor center and took me over an hour to reach the Klins. There is a toilet at the location.

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Menlo Park, CA
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

I have been here twice and much love it. Take the Emigrant Pass road from Hwy 190/ Iy is quite a way and you will follow a very winding road to high elevation. The last few miles are gravel but no problem for any car. The Kilns are amazing and the story more so. Testament to the ingenuity, resourcefulness and... More 

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Wickenburg, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

It takes a bit of getting there. I was planning to drive up to Wildrose right off 178, but that was closed due to recent flash flood damage, so we had to drive nearly to Stovepipe Wells and come in from the north. The road from that side is paved almost all the way top the kilns, except for the... More 

1 Thank Esty666
Seattle, Washington
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47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

These charcoal kilns were finished by miners in 1877 for use in smelting ore for the nearby mines. Access to the kilns from the south (from Trona/Panamint Valley) has been hampered by the closure of the Wildrose Rd., necessitating a drive all the way to highway 190 (eastbound), then to Emigrant Canyon Rd. (southbound). (From Death Valley, its 190 westbound,... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The drive to the charcoal kilns is so cool, but not for the faint of heart. It's a long way up in the mountains around curvy roads with no guard rails. Yikes! The last mile or two is up a dirt road. More signage would be nice because I thought we had gotten lost. The temperature difference between the kilns... More 

Thank fundog
Turlock, California
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31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

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

Thank Sharlyn W
Orange, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

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

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WSM, United Kingdom.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

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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New York City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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.

Thank bb_mccaw
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.

Thank 249shelly

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