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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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Although a bit off the pavement via gravel road (less than 10 miles), the trip is well worth the time to observe a bit of early western history. Just take your time so that you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 24, 2015
TravelerTu
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Puyallup

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Puyallup
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Although a bit off the pavement via gravel road (less than 10 miles), the trip is well worth the time to observe a bit of early western history. Just take your time so that you can avoid some of the digits and ruts along the way.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

We stayed in Ely this summer because of all the interesting sites near by. Ward Charcoal Ovens State Park was really cool! It was neat to go inside and explore the ovens and learn about the history. They also have a few easy hiking trails with beautiful scenery. They have little creeks and great picnic areas.

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Thank Melina N
Carmichael
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

You can either visit quick or hike around .. your choice. It had been raining a lot during our vacation, and we'd seen flash flood evidence in a lot of the surrounding areas, so we decided that hiking around wasn't an option this time. If we ever come back this way, we might just opt for that day hike!

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Thank Sabremom
Savannah
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24 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

These 6 ovens have held up unbelievably well. Hard to believe they were built so many years ago. It is about a 12 mile drive back into the ovens on a gravel road. Very dusty but worth the drive.

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Thank RGL127
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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190 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

This is one of the things to see if you are staying in Ely. About thirty minutes away and seven miles of gravel road in good condition, I've been on far worse, this state park is in the middle of nowhere. I would suggest that when you leave the main road you read the information sign before proceeding. There is... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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77 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Long drive (7 miles) down a dirt road to see these old ovens which converted wood into charcoal, then the charcoal was used to fire up the smelting ovens for converting the gold, silver and copper from the local mines. Not sure it was worth all the dirt on the car (had to get it washed) unless you wanted to... More 

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Thank Rich A
West Valley City, Utah
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

This would be more informative if one of the ovens were set up to get a visual of how it was operated.

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Thank sugu80
Detroit, Michigan
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47 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 via mobile

Fascinating piece of mining history and technology. Too bad the area juniper forests were raped without regard to replanting to accomplish it. I'm sure it changed the environment there forever.

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Thank azgoblue
nevada
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36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Must see. Great place to let the kids run. Check the map and take the 7 mile dirt road and not the first dirt road that you see out of Ely

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Long Beach, California
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16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

You drive down a well maintained gravel road for about 10 miles...signs are well placed so no panic...there they are...you have to leave some money at a park thing right there right before you go down the path...you can go inside these beehive rock structures and have fun checking them out. Read the historic markers too. You can hike around... More 

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