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Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park

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Address: Ely, NV
Phone Number: 775-728-4460
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Museum on former site of Ward, a small mining town.

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Way off the beaten path

To get to the Ward Charcoal Ovens you get off of 50 onto a dirt road and follow that for about 10 miles. No one else was there the entire time we were there, although a cow came... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Sunjammerz2
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Chesapeake, Virginia

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Glen Allen, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well worth the trip from Ely to the Ward Charcoal Ovens. The cost is $7.00. Plan some time to hike the area, but be prepared with water and boots. If you like to climb, long pants should be worn.

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Thank Margot G
Cleveland, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had read about the charcoal ovens and panned a side trip to check them out but I wasn't prepared for the impact they made on me. Architecturally they're special and significant. Seeing the size and details along with understanding the history of their purpose was a fun and interesting side trip to make.

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Thank Landboxwood12
Walden, Tenn
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These preserved industrial structures from the mid-19th century are unusual and relevant to the mining history of the area. The site is about 20 minutes from Ely, via a gravel road half the time. No personnel are on site but there are some wayside exhibits to interpret what you are seeing. The trail system around the park is rather poorly... More 

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Fallon, Nevada, Usa
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was our 3rd time to go to the Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park...I loved getting my passport book stamped. This park out in the middle of nowhere - totally amazes me! How did they build them so perfectly!! Thank you state of Nevada for preserving them for everyone to enjoy!!

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Thank Connie H
Chesapeake, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To get to the Ward Charcoal Ovens you get off of 50 onto a dirt road and follow that for about 10 miles. No one else was there the entire time we were there, although a cow came wandering through. Charcoal was made in these ovens dating back to the 1870's. The charcoal was used for the nearby smelters for... More 

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Las Vegas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a drive down the gravel/dirt road to the ovens. From the parking lot is just short walk to the ovens. The plaques explain the history of the site. The kids enjoyed exploring the inside and outside of the ovens.

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Thank VegasBobn
Fullerton, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Amazing state park. Worth the cost, $7, good easy hikes around the ovens. Well preserved. Easy to read guide.

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Thank Jonell C
Concord, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The beehive-shaped ovens were pretty impressive and the process for making charcoal during the silver boom of 1875 to 1879 was most interesting. We were surprised to be hit with a $7 day use fee just to go in and take a peek at the ovens. Fee payment is on the honor system. So, because we paid it, we felt... More 

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Thank Leslie S
Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

If you are interested in Nevada history, particularly mining history, this is a must see. It's conveniently located off US 93, but the drive in is well-maintainted gravel. The ovens themselves are fascinating, and if you walk 500m past them, you'll see the Lime Kilns used by the Italian Artisans to produce the mortar for the stone ovens. Also within... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

We visited the scenic Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park. The charcoal ovens are photogenic and very interesting to see. One can walk inside them as well. The charcoal ovens were made in 1876 and were part of the mining ghost town of Ward, Nevada. There is a good dirt road that leads out to them.

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