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Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park

Ely, NV
+1 775-728-4460
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Easy Dirt Road side trip

Have wanted to see these on trips before and finally made it. So glad we did. They are a short... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Powell, Wyoming
Visit to the Ward Charcoal Ovens

We visited here and loved the experience of viewing a very unique piece of history. The ovens... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2017
Waldport, OR, United States
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Museum on former site of Ward, a small mining town.
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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Ely, NV
+1 775-728-4460
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have wanted to see these on trips before and finally made it. So glad we did. They are a short drive out of Ely and yes it is a dirt/gravel road but nothing a car could not do. Well worth the dust we stirred up....More

Thank ManyRoadsTraveled
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

We visited here and loved the experience of viewing a very unique piece of history. The ovens almost cast a sort of surreal aura when you visit. Incredible they survived in such good condition after they ceased operation. Great piece of history in a beautiful...More

Thank timothym931
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

On our way to Great Basin nat park we decided to stop off at the ovens. 20 miles ( 13 miles to Oven turn off) then 7 miles to ovens. Very interesting history behind them. Photo-op site.

Thank Devin231
Reviewed 12 October 2017

This was a quick ride off of the highway, and we were glad we stopped to learn about these amazing ovens. The grounds were well maintain, and it was amazing to thing of the science that went into creating the charcoal. There is also a...More

Thank jbreur1570
Reviewed 5 October 2017

It was interesting to learn about the use of charcoal in mining. The site is well maintained and has informative plaques.

Thank NormanP862
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

Traveled 7 miles on a gravel road to visit this location. Didn't think it was worth the trip. Interesting to see but not worth the $7 fee to see the state park. Unless you are really into charcoal kilns, probably should pass on this one.

Thank zxz21
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Unless you have a Nevada state park pass you have to pay seven dollars just to look at these kilns. The kilns are pretty unique but not worth the long drive down the dirt road and then having to pay seven dollars. In my opinion...More

Thank Outdoorpartner
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

I marvel at the design as well as their role in the mining industry of the past. I remember seeing similar kilns as a child and being fascinated but never knew what they had been used for. This are worth the dusty drive to see...More

Thank kansasphotogal
Reviewed 8 August 2017

This place was amazing. We just about missed the turn off. It is a small sign and goes to a dirt road. The road was good considering it was dirt. We were the only ones at the ovens. Make sure to read the information about...More

Thank Pickard35
Reviewed 19 July 2017

It's just a short trip off the highway, but well worth it. There are 6 ovens built in the 1870's , all very well preserved! There is also a nature/interpretive trail to follow if one wishes. Be sure to also visit the old Ward Townsite...More

Thank Selway M
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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