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Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park

Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park Review

In the desert south of Ely is this row of six beehive-shaped, 30-foot-tall ovens that could burn 35 cords of wood at once. From 1876–1879, the ovens turned pinyon, juniper, and mountain mahogany into charcoal, which was used for refining local silver and copper ore. It's a well-preserved piece of unique mining history.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 7 miles south of Ely on U.S. 50/6/93, and 11 miles southwest on Cave Valley Rd., Great Basin National Park, NV, 89315
  • Phone: 775/289–1693
  • Cost: $7
  • Hours: Daily, 24 hrs.
  • Website:
  • Location: Outside the Park
Updated: 10-28-2013

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