Seventeen miles from Ely and two hundred miles northeast of Las Vegas is Nevada’s Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park (external link.) Italian stone masons in the 1870s built these beehive shaped ovens to produce charcoal used in forging and mining operations. Hiking and mountain biking are both possible from the park. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing can be done in the winter. A tiny rivulet of water called Willow Creek is nearby. I hope it runs year round.
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