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Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park

Ely, NV
+1 775-728-4460
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Amazing stone work.

Have no idea this charcoal ovens existed, and these are not the only ones in the area but the best... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Smithfield, Virginia
via mobile
Interesting side trip

Visited on our way to Ely...Secluded but interesting. Several hiking trails which we did not try... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Eddie H
Springfield, Missouri, United States
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Museum on former site of Ward, a small mining town.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good37%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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Ely, NV
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Have no idea this charcoal ovens existed, and these are not the only ones in the area but the best preserved. Made by Italian masons and the architectural styles reminded me of similar structures I had seen in southern France. The beauty of the site...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited on our way to Ely...Secluded but interesting. Several hiking trails which we did not try. Well kept.

Thank Eddie H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This campground is a great alternative to Cave Lake and Elk Meadow camp grounds. When we visited mid May 2017, both Cave Lake and Elk meadows were unbearable do to massive swarms of mosquitoes. Thus we headed across the valley to this site. Access is...More

Thank Zdenek Z
Reviewed 8 May 2017

I could have gotten more history and spent more time there. I did fine that they were well made of brick

Thank vefaira
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Very short trip south of Ely. Road is usually well maintained. Great photo op. There's a little pine tree at the entry off the parking lot. When we're there in the winter, we always decorate it a little for the Christmas season.

Thank charles p
Reviewed 16 April 2017

I came here from Ely, and it's very convenient to travel here. It's beautiful, and the nearby landscape is great for a hike.

Thank Tanner N
Reviewed 11 April 2017

These charcoal kilns dot mining country and these being perfectly preserved are as good a place as any to learn their long ago purpose. There are a few hiking trails in the area that are easy and offer pretty views of the mountains and valley....More

Thank barbielab
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

As others have mentioned, it is a bit of a drive on a dirt road but worth the detour. The ovens themselves are fascinating: large, spacious and a great reminder that in the old days everything was, well, different.

Thank NHB66
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Is it out of the way? Yes! Was it worth the drive up the icy, muddy, slippery road? Yes! There's not much happening in Ely, so why the heck not check out a little piece of history. Unfortunately, the day we decided to visit it...More

Thank ewright2013
Reviewed 19 January 2017

It's always worthwhile when you get off the beaten track and find a gem. This was a cool bit of history we enjoyed finding out about. The views from here were pretty grand also. Worth the short detour, toilets and a sheltered picnic table available...More

Thank Nuttykiwi
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can you sleep in these ovens.> where to stay nearby? want to do lehman caves also in a weekend. reservations? how much?
11 June 2016|
Response from Erik J | Reviewed this property |
You can't sleep in the ovens themselves. If you're coming from Sandy, I assume you'll be coming through Delta and stuff. I'd set up base camp at great basin NP near Baker (where the caves are), and scoot over to check out... More