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Borax Visitor Center

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This was so cool. The older couple that work there are so sweet and so informative and welcoming... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Lots of interesting facts about borax

We were greeted by a docent who gave us a card with the different forms of borax on it as a... read more

Reviewed October 14, 2018
Gayle F
Lenexa, Kansas
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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 2 days ago via mobile

This was so cool. The older couple that work there are so sweet and so informative and welcoming. The displays are neat and organized. The size of the mine is massive and the history is so interesting.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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

Date of experience: October 2018
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

Date of experience: October 2018
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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.

Date of experience: September 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2017
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: June 2018
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

Date of experience: May 2018
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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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