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Borax Visitor Center

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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We were greeted by a docent who gave us a card with the different forms of borax on it as a... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Gayle F
Lenexa, Kansas

The visit was educational and fun to learn the history of this place. I believe Marvin was our... read more

Reviewed October 11, 2018
Dayton, Nevada
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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...more
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14486 Borax Rd, Boron, CA 93516-2017
+1 760-762-7588
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were greeted by a docent who gave us a card with the different forms of borax on it as a souvenir. The displays were well done and interesting . The movie was informative and not too long. The view into the pit was cool...More

Thank Gayle F
Reviewed October 11, 2018

The visit was educational and fun to learn the history of this place. I believe Marvin was our guide. He really did a great job explaining things we still had questions for further knowledge. There is a 10 minute video we watched. You can view...More

Thank Barbz1951
Reviewed October 5, 2018

I had know idea that boron (borax) was used in so many products I use everyday. I only thought it was a laundry detergent. But we learned it is used in insulation, flat screen TVs, cell phones, ceramics, floor tiles, etc, etc. the guide at...More

1  Thank h0mefree2
Reviewed October 4, 2018

While traveling through the area of So. California near Boron, the road can get pretty monotonous. This little visitor center was a nice break and turned out to be surprisingly interesting.

Thank Jmrusch
Reviewed September 23, 2018

Borax Mine is well worth the stop. The Borax Visitor Center opens at 9:00 am. When on Borax Rd, follow signs into facility to visitor’s center. Enjoy the speed limit signs. There is a life sized replica of the twenty mule team. Loads of information...More

Thank JerseyJosie
Reviewed August 6, 2018

In front of the visitors center is a replica of the Mules that used to haul the Borax through the mountains and valleys in the blistering heat, The video shown was very informative. The gift shop was full of all kinds of different stones in...More

Thank kathleencL1267IT
Reviewed July 30, 2018

I finally made it a priority to stop and see this attraction. Really glad that I did. I had no idea it was such a large operation. The visitor's center gives you a great explanation of the history (20 mules and all that) and utility...More

Thank Deborah95363
Reviewed June 9, 2018

If you are anywhere near this visitor center, you should stop for the education. It is a self guided facility, but Marlon showed us around and gave us so much more information that we might not have obtained on our own. This center just goes...More

2  Thank Carol P
Reviewed May 7, 2018 via mobile

Jim was a great source of information...had no idea all things that boron is used for...way more than cleaning products...interesting place...worth the stop

1  Thank sagnhop
Reviewed March 27, 2018 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

3  Thank Vanlon
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Dean S
May 28, 2018|
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Response from Angie Y | Reviewed this property |
The visitor center has an observation deck to view the mine. Non authorized persons aren't allowed on the premises of the mine for safety reasons.
Linda C
February 21, 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.
January 1, 2017|
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