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Go for the Journey, Not the Destination

A looong way to go to see a row of 10 historic charcoal kilns, so go only if the journey intrigues... read more

Reviewed August 9, 2018
Ellen S
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We drove from Stove Pipe Wells to the Kilns to get away from the heat. It was an adventure with no... read more

Reviewed June 12, 2018
Kent, Washington
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Dirt track off of Highway 178/Wildrose Canyon Road, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
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Reviewed August 9, 2018 via mobile

A looong way to go to see a row of 10 historic charcoal kilns, so go only if the journey intrigues you. That said, The journey is great: - Burrow poop on the road will alert you to start watching for themow of ten charcoal...More

Thank Ellen S
Reviewed June 24, 2018

Drove to the Charcoal Kilns on the west side of Death Valley, finding few people there and a really neat collection of intact kilns from ages past. Walking inside and seeing the burned interior was quite cool (figuratively and literally).

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Reviewed June 12, 2018

We drove from Stove Pipe Wells to the Kilns to get away from the heat. It was an adventure with no one else in sight. On the way we saw many burros and quite a few of these burros took their time walking straight down...More

2  Thank 60seattle
Reviewed April 29, 2018

These are amazing, totally worth visiting. You can smell the fire that burned in them so many years ago. They have held up extremely well. It's a beautiful, peaceful place. Keep your eyes open for burrows, they are in the area!

1  Thank diw0lff
Reviewed April 26, 2018

What a difference a side makes. Travel to the west side of the park and it's over 20 degrees cooler. Very nice drive. Just a few miles on gravel, we had a durango and made it okay. Kilns are in such good shape. You can...More

Thank Janelle H
Reviewed April 6, 2018

This is an amazing area with trails and excellent views in the pine forest . One of the highlights of our trip.

Thank einnoC
Reviewed March 24, 2018 via mobile

They are pretty neat but the drive out to them is a pain. It is an extremely rough road and a long drive. If you aren't going to hike the trail then I would saw it might not be worth it but they were fun...More

Thank Juli K
Reviewed March 11, 2018

We visited the Kilns because we hiked wildrose peak. I would have been disappointed if I'd taken the time to drive out just to see the Kilns. As everyone says, it's a rough gravel road but probably do-able in a sedan.

1  Thank melissabubash
Reviewed March 10, 2018

The last 2 miles of the road to the Charcoal Kilns is described as "passable for regular cars if the road has been graded". I'm not sure that 2 miles of road is EVER graded, it was not passable 2 times that I tried to...More

Thank CTBCalifornia
Reviewed December 17, 2017

The road is partially a graveled road with rough spots. Worth the trip. History is explained as to why they were built here. Still smell like smoke houses

1  Thank Jean L
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Anne L
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Response from Mark S | Reviewed this property |
The Road to the Kilns probably would be closed due snow. There are plenty of other things to see in DV at that time of year.