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Borax Visitor Center

14486 Borax Rd, Boron, CA 93516-2017
+1 760-762-7588
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A sight to see

The largest open pit mine in California and second largest borate deposit in the world makes this... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Joseph V
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Really neat history

Well worth the stop off the 58, its amazing how many products are actually made from borax. Well... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2018
Dawn H
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
14486 Borax Rd, Boron, CA 93516-2017
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+1 760-762-7588
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The largest open pit mine in California and second largest borate deposit in the world makes this place a must see in my opinion. Some people will say it’s just a big hole in the ground but it’s som much more than that. Sitting on...More

1  Thank Joseph V
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Well worth the stop off the 58, its amazing how many products are actually made from borax. Well done museum.

1  Thank Dawn H
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

A short stop on our road trip. Marlon, the visitor center host was very friendly and informative. The history of Boron is interesting and the view of the mine from above the visitor center is very cool. Free to visit.

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Reviewed 31 December 2017

This center is for the 20 Mule Team Borax that we grew up with and Death Valley days TV show. It shows how Borax is mined and processed and its Hundreds of uses. Never thought is was more than Hand Cleaner. You can overlook the...More

1  Thank Jim K
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Reviewed 26 December 2017

If you are near Boron, California and you have 30 minutes, you have to check this place out. You know the white cardboard box with the mule train on the front, that is sitting next to your washing machine? The contents come from this mine....More

2  Thank Megan E
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Reviewed 15 December 2017

On our way home we stopped in the town of Boron off Highway 58 west. I've been wanting to collect Ulexite, a borate mineral with fiber optic capabilities. Many times in the past I passed the town but didn't stay due to time constraints and...More

Thank Angie Y
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

It is just a short ways from the highway and worth a little detour. Has some good history on the 20 mule team and Borax. They offer a ten minute video which we were a bit disappointed in as it seemed like more of what...More

Thank ManyRoadsTraveled
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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Very cool place not too far off the Highway. Working mine you are able to view - from a distance. Nice little museum and great view of their operations from atop it.

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Reviewed 7 September 2017

This place is great. The staff are friendly and informative. You start off with a short video about the history of the mine and borax. Then a walk through the visitor center with good information about how borax is mined and and it's uses. I...More

Thank John C
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

We have driven by the Borax Visitor Center a number of times and decided to visit on our latest trip through the area. The Visitor Center is located on the Borax property, and is set up on a hilltop. The center offers a look into...More

1  Thank GLowPetaluma
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Linda C
22 February 2018|
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Response from ManyRoadsTraveled | Reviewed this property |
Yes the parking lot is large and would be easy to park and plenty of room to drive around.
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2 January 2017|
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david & gailyn s
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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