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“Multiple layers of history and geology”
Review of Charcoal Kilns

Charcoal Kilns
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

The trip to the kilns is as fascinating as the kilns themselves. Every bend in the road--and there are many--provides another stunning view, whether it's an up close look at wildly folded rocks or a distant view across the Panamints to the Sierras. I like the magnificent engineering and artistry of the kilns--and their silence. If you enter by way of the Panamint Valley Road, you will pass another interesting site along the way--a former "village" that is now the site of several picnic tables tucked away under trees, most of them reached by stone steps laid in during the village days. And if you've been in the Death Valley area for a few days, you will probably be entranced by the sight and sound of water from the occasional springs along the road.

Thank lithophrag
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

The kilns themselves are amazing enough but this is all about the journey. I approached the kilns via Panamint Valley Road rather than Emigrant Canyon Road. The road and countryside around Wildrose are extraordinary and beautiful. The route is also largely enclosed by shrubs and hills which, if you dislike driving along the edge of precipices as I do, is an easier drive (on the way down from the kilns Emigrant Road is okay because the steep drops are on the other side of the road). Even if you hate heights, do yourself a favour and give this trip a go.

Thank Changeman
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

10 little beehives in a row! Each could process 44 cords of wood into charcoal for use in the Modoc and Minietta mines across the Panamint Valley for smelting silver and lead. Wonderful views, neat place.

Thank Janet W
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

The road winds through the desert and into the high desert until the elevation is high enough for the visitor to enjoy snow in Death Valley. The kilns are massive with ten still stadning. There was evidence of more kilns which must have made up a full second row of kilns. It reminded me of the ingenuity of humankind to build and create to fulfill human needs.

Thank Lee A
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

This destination offers a sense of history. Although its remote, its a great drive for relaxing, no traffic, just quiet and fresh air.

Thank M P
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