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Charcoal Kilns

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Address: Dirt track off of Highway 178/Wildrose Canyon Road, Death Valley National Park, CA

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Very Unique Find

Kind of a long drive into the middle of no where, but it opens up into a very cool historical find. Great signage to explain who built the kilns, as well as what they were used... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2016
Kimberly M
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Woodland, California
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Denton, TX
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They are old and certainly unusual. We exited DV westbound (highly unusual going to LAS but this is another story altogether) and as we were driving right by them we stopped. Kind of a ho-hum thing to my eye but we went. Glad we went - once.

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Woodland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Kind of a long drive into the middle of no where, but it opens up into a very cool historical find. Great signage to explain who built the kilns, as well as what they were used for. Great place to have a snack or bring a picnic lunch. We traveled in March, and the inside of the kilns were super... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

It took a long trip on a dirt road to get to, but it was quite interesting when we got there. It had 2 inches of new snow to outline the beehive shaped kiln forms. Each was about 20 feet in diameter and 20 feet high. Charcoal making in a desert is unexpected but it is a canyon filled with... More 

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Cape May, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

Oh the drive! This seems to be a common theme in the reviews. Yes, it is a long & exhilarating drive at times with some treacherous curves hugging the mountain, but it was worth the effort since we enjoy investigating peculiar sites. All 10 beehives are lined up for your exploration. There was one behind the structures that was in... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

It is amazing to find this at the top of a mountain, 8000 feet up. Check for snow conditions in the winter, we went in February and there was snow on the ground. The burners are huge. It is a long drive mostly on paved roads except for the last little bit.

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Redford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

Whoa, … that ride to get there … long, but picturesque. The last little bit is a gravel road … very doable by any car. The kilns are quite interesting. Constructed in the 1870’s … restored in the 1970’s.

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Cathedral City, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

The Wildrose Charcoal Kilns were designed by Swiss engineers and Built by Chinese labors around 1880. These beehive shaped kilns rise approximately 30 feet. There are 10 of them constructed in a neat, impressive row. The native stone used to build the kilns is quite beautiful. This historic attraction is another one of Death Valley's surprises! The kilns were built... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

I only came for the trailhead, but the kilns were pretty cool. I am not sure I would drive here just for them, but if you are in the area, they are worth a look.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

Just go. Like everything in the park it requires a lot of driving to get there but is well worth it as the kilns there are several are quite unique.

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Thank Mark S
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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