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Borax Visitor Center

14486 Borax Rd, Boron, CA 93516-2017
+1 760-762-7588
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20 Mule Team Borax

Educational stop in the middle of the desert. Loved the museum and history of the area... read more

Reviewed 10 June 2017
Rebekajean
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The Woodlands, Texas
Borax isn't Boring!!

There's a lot about borax I never knew! It's used in a myriad of items we couldn't live without. My... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2017
Ron D
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Gainesville, Florida
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Buried deep in the Mojave Desert is one of the biggest and richest deposits of borax on the planet. You will also find the Borax Visitor Center, one of the best kept secrets of the Southern California desert. Built in 1997, it had more than 150,000 visitors.Entry is free however we highly recommend a small donation to help support our Foundation which provides grants and scholarships to the local community.
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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14486 Borax Rd, Boron, CA 93516-2017
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+1 760-762-7588
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Reviewed 10 June 2017

Educational stop in the middle of the desert. Loved the museum and history of the area. Interesting and informative displays both inside and out. I chatted with the staff and all my questions were answered. Learned about the town, the mine, the movie about Hinkley...More

Thank Rebekajean
BoraxVCenter, Guest Relations Manager at Borax Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thank you for taking the time to provide your review. Our primary purpose is to provide an educational opportunity to our visitors about not only our own mining history and current operations but to demonstrate the importance of responsible mining for our every day lives....More

Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

There's a lot about borax I never knew! It's used in a myriad of items we couldn't live without. My family enjoyed the educational experience and the photo ops probided by Rio Tinto Borax Mine. I am finding it difficult to reconcile myself with the...More

Thank Ron D
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

I can't say enough about this museum. Totally well done by the company that bought 20 mule team, borax. It's one of those roadside attractions that leaves you feeling grateful to be an american. Good tour guides, very important to know and see what is...More

Thank Tim C
BoraxVCenter, Guest Relations Manager at Borax Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

Hello Tim We are always pleased to hear feedback from our visitors, particularly when they enjoy the experience. We are very proud of our Visitors Center and our 145 years of borax mining history. Please stop by and see us again sometime.

Reviewed 4 June 2017

what a surprise in the middle of the desert. we had no idea that this existed. we decided to stop in with our 7 children, and so glad we did! well done visiter center. staff very informative and personable. history and future of the borax...More

Thank GE3-95037
BoraxVCenter, Guest Relations Manager at Borax Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2017

Thank you for the great review. We are so glad when visitors 'discover' our hidden gem. We celebrate 145 years of history this year, 90 of those at the Boron location and we are proud to be part of the pioneering history of the West!

Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

Thought we would stop by on the way to Vegas. Were surprised at the reception. People at the center were friendly, had a sense of humor and answered questions. Nicely designed exhibit and gift shop. Actually very interesting. Worth a quick stop.More

Thank JCB556
BoraxVCenter, Guest Relations Manager at Borax Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2017

We are glad you stopped by. Many of our visitors make the decision to stop in on the spur of the moment and are nearly always pleasantly surprised to find our hidden gem at the end of the dirt hill road. The view od the...More

Reviewed 22 April 2017

Industry on Parade with well done mineral displays, good history points, and an interesting video explaining how minerals are ever present in our lives. Who knew that boron is used in TV's, cell phones, all kinds of present day products. Geologists and engineers - basically...More

1  Thank 22phyllisn
Reviewed 26 March 2017

This is the original boron mining facility as referenced in the old Death Valley Days TV series. The privately owned museum is high quality and includes a 10 minute video on the history of borax and the uniqueness of this facility. I would recommend a...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Death Valley Days and the twenty mule team can be seen again....almost. Any drive thru the Mojave is tedious and this is not far from 395, 58 and 15. A nostalgic glimpse of the twenty mule team and the shows they sponsored. A quick overview...More

Thank edmund c
Reviewed 20 March 2017

What a view, what great information and history. The mining operation view is incredible. The history and use of what they mine "borax" is mind boggling.

1  Thank A S
Reviewed 7 March 2017

A well done visitor center. We received a friendly welcome from staff. Watched an eight minute film about the mining company and how boron is processed. The museum section tells more about the history of the mine, other minerals associated with boron, and the multiple...More

1  Thank Gary H
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19 May 2016|
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Response from BoraxVCenter | Property representative |
Hello We do not allow animals (except for service animals) inside the visitor center. There is shade and a seating area provided if you wished to leave your dog outside or take turns in visiting inside the center while... More
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Todybran F
17 May 2016|
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We recommend at least one hour. There is a 9 minute video and both inside and outside displays. The roof top viewing platform gives you a great view of the active mine operation and the gift shop has some wonderful items... More
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