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Charcoal Kilns

Dirt track off of Highway 178/Wildrose Canyon Road, Death Valley National Park, CA
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Well worth the trip out there

The kilns are very interesting, and thinking about the history around you. Using the nearby trees... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2017
JoeCosentino
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Whitesboro, New York
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Large Beehive shaped cones. Access is on dirt road but well worth the trip. Desert land turns... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2017
kelly d
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Dirt track off of Highway 178/Wildrose Canyon Road, Death Valley National Park, CA

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Reviewed 20 July 2017

The kilns are very interesting, and thinking about the history around you. Using the nearby trees to make charcoal fore the mines at the lower elevations. The trip out also offers several scenic spots where you can stop. The dirt road is about 2 miles...More

Thank JoeCosentino
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Large Beehive shaped cones. Access is on dirt road but well worth the trip. Desert land turns into forested areas used to create charcoal for use for smelting in the silver mines

Thank kelly d
Reviewed 19 April 2017

The last mile or so is on dirt road that is a bit rough, but we made it fine in our rental car. Well worth the trip, very interesting!

1  Thank Gomez22
Reviewed 24 March 2017

during the drive to the kilns you experience an amazing transfer - from the desert heat at the valley floor through the oasis of Wildrose hills and up to the snow covered forested peaks of Telegraph Peak. Its a dirt road after Wildrose. 4WD recommended.

2  Thank Avi F
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I found the kilns to be incredibly boring. They are also located quite far in the southern portion of the park. If you're short on time, I don't think this is worth a visit. If you've got more time and have hit other key points,...More

Thank TallGrassBigSky
Reviewed 11 March 2017

The kilns are interesting to see. It is amazing to think of what it would have been like to live and work in such a remote area when these were actively used over a hundred years ago. The drive out to this area is also...More

Thank Jim B
Reviewed 28 February 2017

One of a kind. Not readily seen elsewhere. Worth the drive, even though there is about a mile of unsaved rough road. A regular SUV can easily mjake it, just go low and avoid the dips. The intrepid physically it can take a hike here,...More

Thank cbellehu
Reviewed 14 February 2017

The drive in is tricky in spots. There was snow/ ice there though the temperature that day was in the mid 50's very breeze and partly cloudy skies. These structures are awesome, so well made and preserved. Huge in size and colorful rocks too. well...More

1  Thank nsfalk
Reviewed 7 January 2017

This road is recommended to have a 4X4/AWD vehicle with high clearance. Especially so in the winter months. There is snow and ice during the winter. The craftsmanship is quite precise and impressive. The drive up there offers a nice scenic route as well

Thank Stephane H
Reviewed 23 November 2016

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 .

Thank Alimcraig
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Anne L
12 August 2016|
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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.
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