Charcoal Kilns

Charcoal Kilns, Death Valley National Park: Address, Phone Number, Charcoal Kilns Reviews: 4.5/5

Charcoal Kilns
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Steven P
Pueblo, CO3 765 contributions
Lonely Sentinels of the Panamints
Feb 2020
A short spur off the Trona-Wildrose Road will take you up to the Charcoal Kilns at a 6500-foot elevation. The road continues to climb to 8200 feet at Mahogany Flat but that section of road is closed seasonally. The higher elevations mean summertime temperatures can be 25-30 degrees cooler than at the Furnace Creek area.
Written 4 March 2020
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Charlene L
Yerington, NV704 contributions
Map shows all paved, but last miles are dirt
Mar 2020 • Friends
Interesting road to get to the kilns. Quite narrow in places. It's a bit of a long drive for what you see, but getting there is much of the awesome experience.
Written 3 March 2020
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karebl
Oregon93 contributions
Interesting
Feb 2020
A long drive to see the charcoal kilns. Only go if you have 3 hours to spend on driving. Beautiful vies along the way and rough road the last two miles. The kilns were in remarkably good conditions and you could still smell the mesquite!
Written 24 February 2020
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Mike
Newport Beach, CA1 028 contributions
Ask about the snow
Jan 2020
Check with the Rangers before going up there. I phoned and they said it was "OPEN." Not true. The last mile had 10 inches of snow. Had I not had an all-wheel drive Subaru Forester, I never would have made it. You DON'T want to be stuck up there in the late afternoon.
Written 10 January 2020
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dnh2014
Loxton, Australia296 contributions
" Well worth the Drive"
Nov 2019
Road in and out is dirt but well worth the time and effort. Superb rock work and just imagine the effort and time that went into making these kilns. A must see in the Park.
Written 18 December 2019
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Ginny S
8 contributions
Really cool
Nov 2019
Well worth the drive and no hiking, although you can hike to a viewpoint from here if you want. Be sure to have someone who can sing along with you, the acoustics in the center of the kilns are amazing. Bringing my violin next time...
Written 21 November 2019
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VLW
Kellyville, OK1 915 contributions
Huge
Dec 2018 • Friends
The drive in takes you through mostly flat land and a couple of switchbacks on a paved two way road. As you get closer the terrain changes and you climb in elevation to about 6000 feet. When we were there in December there was patches of snow on the ground.

The kilns are huge and very well built. They are probably 20-30 feet across at the base and about that tall.

There are also several side roads to other points of interest. Along the road is an old CCC camp and some mining equipment. Watch for wild donkeys in the area too.

There is plenty of parking but no facilities.
Written 19 January 2019
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Wanderer0213
Port Orchard, WA602 contributions
The Kilns are surly worht the drive
Nov 2018 • Couples
Really cool place to visit! The road is a bit rough the last few miles, so smaller SUV;s and cars likely won't make it. We seen lots of people walking up the road. We had a full size pu and had no problem at all. We didn't hike around much, but there are lots of trails. The Kilns are in amazing condition and takes really nice photos! There is a bathroom and lots of parking.
Written 13 December 2018
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Ellen S
Estero, FL548 contributions
Go for the Journey, Not the Destination
Aug 2018 • Couples
A looong way to go to see a row of 10 historic charcoal kilns, so go only if the journey intrigues you. That said, The journey is great:
- Burrow poop on the road will alert you to start watching for themow of ten charcoal kilns, so go only if the journey is what . I saw a dozen a mile from the kilns.
- Totally different look and feel from the rest of the park: more verdant, more water
- Bumpy, unpaved road comprises the last mile of the access to the kilns. Fun, but I won't try it W/o 4 wheel drive!
Written 10 August 2018
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bob_ontheroad
Sarasota, FL151 contributions
Neat Bit of History Off the Beaten Track
Mar 2018 • Family
Drove to the Charcoal Kilns on the west side of Death Valley, finding few people there and a really neat collection of intact kilns from ages past. Walking inside and seeing the burned interior was quite cool (figuratively and literally).
Written 24 June 2018
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