(nr Ely NV)
The Ward Charcoal Ovens was a quick side trip to see the historic kilns. They were important in their day for producing fuel that smelters used at the mines. 16,000 bushels per day were needed to process ore.
The state has done a good job preserving them and telling their story. In addition to six large ovens, the park included descriptive panels, a trail, picnic area, and camping. It was pretty hot there, so I didn’t care to hang around for long.
So, I continued on to Ely and found a free boondock camp a short distance west of town. A small gravel lot with shelters, picnic tables, and pit toilets did nicely for an overnight.
Camp: Ward Mountain Recreation Area – Murry Pass BLM boondock
Scene: Charcoal ovens