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Borax Visitor Center

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Address: 14486 Borax Road, Boron, CA 93516-2017
Phone Number:
+1 760-762-7588
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Buried deep in the Mojave Desert is one of the biggest and richest deposits...

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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Feel like being a geezer tourist? Surprisingly interesting, well done visitor center.

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... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Ashland, Oregon
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Ashland, Oregon
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26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 geniuses for figuring out where to find the stuff and how to use it to... More 

1 Thank 22phyllisn
Berkeley Springs, WV
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105 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 30-minute diversion off the main highway to visit this activity.

Thank Paul M
West Linn, Oregon
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103 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 of the many uses of Borax. And a view point of an active mine 2... More 

Thank edmund c
Portland, Oregon
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71 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
Coarsegold, California, Usa
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139 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 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 products that contain this mineral. It's not just about Borax cleanser. The open-pit mine is... More 

1 Thank Gary H
Stevenson Ranch, California
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35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

What a nice surprise to find such a well done visitor center in the middle of a working mine. Learned a lot about the number 5 element boron.

1 Thank Calsey0078
Eugene, Oregon
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16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

This is a great attraction to visit, when driving across CA I-40. We are RV'ers and camped in Boron. The visitors center was less than 5 miles away. We enjoyed the 10 minute video. A nice docent took us to the large bank of windows, & explained features and history of the open pit mine. RV'ers: the visitor center is... More 

1 Thank PNWlady777
Lomita, California
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205 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

This is a really nice visitor center operated by the Borax mining company. You watch a 10 min. vidio which is not very good then they open the curtains so you can see the mining operations with the huge open pit mine and the precessing facilities to the left. They try to answer any of your questions of what you... More 

1 Thank 707clayg
Corte Madera, California
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102 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016

This is one of the largest open pit mining operations in California. They provide an open and free museum to view their history and products. The film they show is like a really long commercial. The displays, models, pit viewing area and of course mule team are interesting. There is also a nice clean restroom.

1 Thank thomas y
Phoenix, Arizona
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

We were not welcomed by the scouling employee because the first thing she saw was our small, vested, Service Dog. She said she had to let her in but could I carry her so she wouldn't squat in the museum. It gets worse. As I browsed the gift shop, I overheard both employees talking about how anyone could buy a... More 

4 Thank Vicki F
BoraxVCenter, Guest Relations Manager at Borax Visitor Center, responded to this review

Let me first apologize for this misunderstanding on behalf of all employees at the Borax Visitors Center. Our staff take pride in providing all our guests with a positive and informative experience. Please be assured we take it very seriously when we let our guest and ourselves down by providing anything less than our best service. To address this misunderstanding,... More 

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