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

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This is pretty cool.

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Fraser S
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Valley City, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Denton, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank gleger2016
Redford
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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