Ward Charcoal Ovens State Park was one of the reasons for our Loneliest Road Adventure I discussed last week. The park is definitely remote but was one of my first to really get a taste of eastern Nevada. The remoteness of Ward Charcoal Ovens may be one of my favorite parts of our adventure. The road to the park is 10 miles of a gravel road. We were greeted with a peace you only find in nature. Of course, when you have two toddlers tired of being in the car for 5 hours, that peace is quickly interrupted.
I didn’t realize we would be able to walk inside the ovens. While they are pretty to look at from the outside, it made for some great photo opportunities inside the ovens. All of us loved the opportunity to walk through all 6 ovens, enjoy the isolation of the area, and explore the oven’s brief history.
Ward Charcoal Ovens State Park Highlights
- Walk inside the ovens
- Remote location
- Multiple trails to explore
- Excellent scenery and wide open spaces
I’m sad to say we did not go through the camp area as Oliver was super anxious to jump into the hotel pool. The camp area is another road and not visible from the park area. At this point, I was pretty sure I used up any luck I might have had with the kiddos and was not prepared for a major meltdown. That is how it goes traveling with busy toddlers though.
Ward Charcoal Ovens State Park is definitely a place to enjoy the solitude and silence of eastern Nevada. If you are outside of Ely, the detour is definitely worth it.