We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: , Ely, NV
Phone Number: 775-728-4460
Website
Improve this listing
Description: Museum on former site of Ward, a small mining town.

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 61 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 26
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Nice little state park full of history, but little else to do here

All the locals told me I had to come to see the charcoal ovens, so my friend and I came and visited. The ovens are fun to walk into (and cool inside compared to the heat outside... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
nvccsd
,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Add Photo Write a Review

61 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
nevada
Level Contributor
28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Must see. Great place to let the kids run. Check the map and take the 7 mile dirt road and not the first dirt road that you see out of Ely

Was this review helpful? Yes
Long Beach, California
Level Contributor
13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

You drive down a well maintained gravel road for about 10 miles...signs are well placed so no panic...there they are...you have to leave some money at a park thing right there right before you go down the path...you can go inside these beehive rock structures and have fun checking them out. Read the historic markers too. You can hike around... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Henderson, Nevada
Level Contributor
11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Interesting to see how charcoal was made and used in the old days. These are not BBQ briquettes, but lump charcoal used in smelting ore.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Las Vegas, Nevada
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We stopped in on our way to Ely then Great Basin National Park. Great little park with interesting history in a beautiful high altitude setting. We had great weather too, a little sun, a little rain and cool temperatures in the middle of summer. We loved it!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Las Vegas, Nevada
Level Contributor
22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

All the locals told me I had to come to see the charcoal ovens, so my friend and I came and visited. The ovens are fun to walk into (and cool inside compared to the heat outside), but after you've seen one or two, it gets kind of old. There were some interpretive trails, but since it was very hot... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Las Vegas
Level Contributor
40 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

this place was interesting for about 30 seconds...look inside and there was nothing there..all of the ovens were exactly the same....they need more documentation and in use pics

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The ovens were decently cool, but once you've seen once you've seen them all. We checked them out for about 15 minutes and then ventured towards the trails that run back in behind the ovens. Scrambling up the rocky hill was tons of fun and offered great views of the ovens and the entire valley. Would recommend anyone physically capable... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015 via mobile

Great place to visit. Beware of the 7 mile dusty road. There were couple trail inside that area. $7 self pay park fee.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ely, Nevada
Level Contributor
13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

See the actual artifacts. A beautiful drive no 4 wheel is necessary, and the drive is well worth it. Be sure to bring your family for a wonderful side trip on your way to the Great Basin National Park.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Farmington, Utah
Level Contributor
91 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015 via mobile

Nice quick trip just out of town. The gravel road section is very well graded and suitable for all traffic. Small parking area and small fee per vehicle ($7 if I recall). Short walk to the structures. They are much bigger (30ft tall) than they look. They feel huge inside! You can walk inside and around them. The history is... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park also viewed

 

Been to Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?