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

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from desert heat to snow covered forest

during the drive to the kilns you experience an amazing transfer - from the desert heat at the valley floor through the oasis of Wildrose hills and up to the snow covered forested... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Avi F
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

during the drive to the kilns you experience an amazing transfer - from the desert heat at the valley floor through the oasis of Wildrose hills and up to the snow covered forested peaks of Telegraph Peak. Its a dirt road after Wildrose. 4WD recommended.

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Minnesota
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I found the kilns to be incredibly boring. They are also located quite far in the southern portion of the park. If you're short on time, I don't think this is worth a visit. If you've got more time and have hit other key points, sure.

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Thank TallGrassBigSky
Grapeview, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The kilns are interesting to see. It is amazing to think of what it would have been like to live and work in such a remote area when these were actively used over a hundred years ago. The drive out to this area is also worth it for the views.

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Thank Jim B
Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of a kind. Not readily seen elsewhere. Worth the drive, even though there is about a mile of unsaved rough road. A regular SUV can easily mjake it, just go low and avoid the dips. The intrepid physically it can take a hike here, but the furnaces are viewable from the road. Temperature is much colder here than the... More 

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Thank cbellehu
Long Beach, CA USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

The drive in is tricky in spots. There was snow/ ice there though the temperature that day was in the mid 50's very breeze and partly cloudy skies. These structures are awesome, so well made and preserved. Huge in size and colorful rocks too. well worth the short drive from the main road there!

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Thank nsfalk
Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

This road is recommended to have a 4X4/AWD vehicle with high clearance. Especially so in the winter months. There is snow and ice during the winter. The craftsmanship is quite precise and impressive. The drive up there offers a nice scenic route as well

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Valley City, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

We were able to spot Burros, and stop just to take some fun pictures and enjoy the scenery just to get to the Kilns. Once there it's a nice treat to see the Kilns. Was chilly so being a jacket in November .

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Thank Alimcraig
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

First off,really never put any thought to the making of charcoal, other that it's scorched to ensure a longer second burn. Anyway, trucked up here hoping the road would continued connect eastward - it didn't yet these were worth the side trip. Hard to believe they are 150 years old, looks like you could produce charcoal today. There's not tons... More 

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Thank Fraser S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016

The mining in Death Valley was quite the challenge. In an area where the most you see is sage brush, to find a valley with pine for making charcoal was a challenge. This was a 6 mile side trip half of it gravel. Fun side light for us was we saw a small herd of wild burros.

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Elma, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Very cool to see and interesting. We came across some wild burros on our way which was way cool . There is an outhouse at the kilns.

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