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Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park

Ely, NV
775-728-4460
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Ely
Type: Parks, Museums
Description: Museum on former site of Ward, a small mining town.
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Well, this is a drive off the road, about seven miles but the road was well maintained dirt and a car like my wife's Mazda 3 had no problems at all. In the winter I am sure it gets snowed in though, so be aware. The ovens were hand made and maintained by Italian immigrants during the mining years where... More

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michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This was a nice stop for the afternoon. My kids, ages 2-12, loved playing inside the old charcoal ovens. There are several walking trails, and picnic tables, along with a bathroom. I didn't mind paying the $7 fee, as it goes to help maintain this rural, out-of-the-way park. Take plenty of water, it was hot, and there was not a... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The charcoal ovens were in great shape and dare I say could still be used today. These gems have been preserved and help tell the story of the mining industry in Ely, Nevada. I learned a lot about how the charcoal was made and had a great time exploring the ovens. What a neat experience, and to think they did... More

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New Hampshire
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74 reviews 74 reviews
19 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This was an interesting historic site which made for some good photo opportunities. There was a walking trail here as well which we would have explored had we arrived at the site earlier. There are picnic tables too. This made a welcome opportunity for the kids in our group to run around and get some energy out. They enjoyed seeing... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We did not spend very much time here. However, it was interesting to see how the Charcoal Ovens were used in silver production.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I wouldn't rate this poor or terrible, but unless it's on your way, I would say take a look on line and call it a day. They're interesting to look at and imagine how they must have worked in their day but for us this was time and gas lost which could have been used for other things. There is... More

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Sacramento, California
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225 reviews 225 reviews
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We have seen some similar ovens before, but these are much larger than we expected. The craftsmanship is interesting. There are several hiking trails spanning out from this area. A map of the trails is on the west side of the ovens. Also, check out the old cemetery about 3 miles north of the ovens. It's worth a visit as... More

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turlock
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I took a ride out to the Ward Charcoal Ovens in Ely. NV and it was well worth the drive. You head out of Ely, NV on the Great Basin Highway go about 6 miles and you will see a sign were to turn. The road is a gravel road but is no problem for passenger cars. About a mile... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I had no idea how ore was processed -- these ovens made charcoal for the processing of silver mines. They are huge and it is fascinating to step inside and look through the opening in the domes. Be aware there is a $7 Nevada parks fee but I think it was worth every penny.

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Chino
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

We were on our way back to our hotel from spending the day at Great Basin National Park, when we noticed the sign indicating the turn to the Ward Charcoal Ovens. Warning to tourists with clean cars...the road in (I believe it was 7 miles long) is dirt, and smooth as a baby's butt - we traversed it at 55... More

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