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Charcoal Kilns

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Address: Dirt track off of Highway 178/Wildrose Canyon Road, Death Valley National Park, CA

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Interesting Remote Site

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Jim B
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Grapeview, Washington
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Minnesota
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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, sure.

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Grapeview, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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 worth it for the views.

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Thank Jim B
Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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, but the furnaces are viewable from the road. Temperature is much colder here than the... More 

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Thank cbellehu
Long Beach, CA USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 worth the short drive from the main road there!

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Thank Stephane H
Valley City, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 .

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Thank Alimcraig
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

First off,really never put any thought to the making of charcoal, other that it's scorched to ensure a longer second burn. Anyway, trucked up here hoping the road would continued connect eastward - it didn't yet these were worth the side trip. Hard to believe they are 150 years old, looks like you could produce charcoal today. There's not tons... More 

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Thank Fraser S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

The mining in Death Valley was quite the challenge. In an area where the most you see is sage brush, to find a valley with pine for making charcoal was a challenge. This was a 6 mile side trip half of it gravel. Fun side light for us was we saw a small herd of wild burros.

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Thank Barbara M
Elma, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Very cool to see and interesting. We came across some wild burros on our way which was way cool . There is an outhouse at the kilns.

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Denton, TX
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

They are old and certainly unusual. We exited DV westbound (highly unusual going to LAS but this is another story altogether) and as we were driving right by them we stopped. Kind of a ho-hum thing to my eye but we went. Glad we went - once.

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