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Harmony Borax Works

Harmony Borax Works Rd., west of Rte. 190, Death Valley Junction, CA
+1 760-786-3280
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Not Fantastic

Only stop if you have time, otherwise just skip this. As you can see from any pictures, there... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2016
ThreeWiseMen1998
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Columbus Ohio
Its a Nice Attraction And Photo Op

I have been here several times, and there is a marker with a plaque that describes the Harmony... read more

Reviewed 29 June 2016
N4595KRricharde
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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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Where Borax was produced in Death Valley until 1889.
  • Excellent27%
  • Very good48%
  • Average23%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“mule team” (32 reviews)
“quick stop” (14 reviews)
“furnace creek” (35 reviews)
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Harmony Borax Works Rd., west of Rte. 190, Death Valley Junction, CA
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Reviewed 7 July 2016

Only stop if you have time, otherwise just skip this. As you can see from any pictures, there isn't much here. There will be a small 20 grade (100 yards) walk up a hill. I thought seeing the borax laced hills was the cool. This...More

Thank ThreeWiseMen1998
Reviewed 29 June 2016

I have been here several times, and there is a marker with a plaque that describes the Harmony Borax Works and the adjoining canyon next to it. It does not take too much time to stop and look at the remains of the Borax Works...More

Thank N4595KRricharde
Reviewed 17 June 2016

A fascinating glimpse into the history of the Furnace Creek region. You have to wonder at the hardship the workers faced mining the borax in the dreadful temperatures with hand tools.

Thank Brian R
Reviewed 16 June 2016

We had made a short stop here to learn about borax mining and the 20 mule team. But we decided to come back for a Park Ranger-led star-gazing party at night. The moon was only partly out, and the rangers pointed out a few planets...More

Thank banerjee
Reviewed 12 June 2016

The borax works are just off the main road, just outside furnace creek. There are wagons, and the old workings - signs to read about It all and a path to follow around. You can just walk around, no charge, in fact no one there,...More

1  Thank AS185
Reviewed 26 May 2016

This was interesting - how they brought the borax to this site in these large wagons with a large water tank wagon on the back - all hitched together. The super bloom was beautiful.

1  Thank UofA1
Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

This is a quick little stop with some history. There are a few buildings with partial brick walls left, the large wagon and some of the actual works. Worth stopping of you are going by, but wouldn't make a special trip here.

1  Thank Stacy F
Reviewed 24 May 2016

Amazing what people will do for a few minerals. This place was only in operation for a few years. Then Borax was discovered (and easier to retrieve) elsewhere in California.

Thank Jim A
Reviewed 22 May 2016

Amazingly well preserved borax mine with great signage. Great short stop while on your way to seeing other sights. easy circular hike around the works. Includes a lot of interesting historical information on the area; it gives visitors a look into what Death Valley was...More

Thank Kimberly M
Reviewed 14 May 2016

The first large-scale borax mining in Death Valley needed the Harmony operation to process the mineral. The mineral was extracted by boiling and evaporation of the brine. It became famous through the use, from 1883 to 1889, of large twenty-mule teams with double wagons to...More

Thank Hugh C
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