In The Desert
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Panaca Kilns, Panaca Summit
Getting there Video
Hot Spring & Condor Canyon, Horses PAGE 2
The Hot Springs and pond are very unusual and Condor Canyon is one of the prettiest, narrowest canyons you'll find anywhere. See what else we ran into on the way back.
Jerry Reber, a friend from St. George, Utah talked to us about finding a couple of places in Panaca, Nevada in the desert. The Kilns are in the high desert near Panaca Pass on Rt. 319 just east of Panaca. They were used for making charcoal for processing silver and gold ore in the area. This is the first view you'll get when approaching them.
You can see in the photo above how much they denuded the area of trees for the kilns. The road coming in is about 4.5 miles long to reach the kilns. A lot of these kilns were built differently suggesting that there were a lot of different people building them. These were cemented together.
You really need to enlarge this photo of the plaque that was in front of the kilns. There is a lot of very interesting information here, including the dates of use and why they were built. Do you know what or who "the Carbonari" were? See the enlargement ------
Just a quick look at the inside of one of the kilns. It's pretty amazing that they could find or cut enough rock for these structures and put something like this together. And according to the plaque above they used them for 15 years.
The video below is a very short view of what the road was like into the kilns. Great unless it was muddy.
Enlarge this map and download the GPX topography track HERE for more detail.
You can also open this kmz file if you have Google Earth
Don't miss Panaca Hot Springs and Condor Canyon on Page 2