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Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park

Ely, NV
775-728-4460
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Ranked #2 of 7 attractions in Ely
Type: Parks, Museums
Description: Museum on former site of Ward, a small mining town.
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Sacramento, California
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212 reviews 212 reviews
94 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

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
3 helpful votes 3 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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15 helpful votes 15 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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26 reviews 26 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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Northern California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

The ovens were interesting and very well preserved but I think we enjoyed the cemetery more. There were several headstones that could be read. Be sure that you read about the history on information board at the site. The ghost town is all but gone, just some of the rock foundations were left that are almost non visible from the... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The charcoal ovens themselves are pretty neat to see, they're really unique and have a cool history. But you also have to check out the ward ghost town itself. It's farther down the main dirt road. There is an old cemetery that dates in the 19th cemetery and farther down the road are some old mines and buildings. The road... More

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Sparks, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The Ward Charcoal Ovens State Parks is a fantastic example of how charcoal was made for use in metal forging and the archetectual creation by immigrants from Europe. These "behive like" structures have withstood the ravages of time, vandalism and the elements of nature for over 150 years. It is near the Great Basin National Park and it is a... More

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Northfield
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We enjoyed visiting the ovens. They were amazingly well preserved. They had several little hiking paths so we walked around for a bit checking out the scenery. We were disappointed that they didn't have any brochures left to read more about the site. The drive out to the ovens is a bit long and we worried we were lost before... More

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

These kilns are very well preserved. We enjoyed exploring the grounds and learning the history of the area. We were disappointed to find recent signs of cattle in the kilns even though there are fences to keep them out. Agree with others that the $5 fee is a little steep.

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Los Angeles
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Interesting side trip if you are in the area to see some history, take a hike and have a picnic if the weather is nice. The scenery is beautiful. Unless you are a real ghost town fanatic, I'd recommend passing on the Ward Mining District a couple miles down the road. There's nothing left.

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