U.S. Borax Visitor Center

U.S. Borax Visitor Center, Boron: Hours, Address, U.S. Borax Visitor Center Reviews: 4.5/5

U.S. Borax Visitor Center
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Buried deep in the Mojave Desert is one of the biggest and richest deposits of borax on the planet. There, on the rim of an active borax mine, you will find the U.S. Borax Visitor Center: One of the best-kept secrets of the Southern California desert. Built in 1997, the Center tells the story of borax and the local community. Entry is free however we highly recommend a small donation to help support the nonprofit Borax Visitor Center Foundation which provides grants and scholarships to the local community.
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Brian R
Bakersfield, CA119 contributions
Mar 2022
We had a group of 16 tour this monstrous facility on a Saturday and it was outstanding. The host company, Rio-Tinto mining went out of their way to make the free tours informative and attractive, with a visitors center, docents, and views of the open pit itself which is MONSTROUS. You have to see it for your self. They even have piles of the ore available in the parking lot for guest to take samples home. How thoughtful.
If anyone is interested in mining or minerals in central California, this is as hidden gem that is must see. 2-3 hours is sufficient for a visit.
Written March 26, 2022
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Perkadventures
Banning, CA15,292 contributions
Oct 2021
This was a point place to visit on our trip to Boron California. Followed signs into the Visitors Center via paved and dirt road. Bathrooms are there also.

Outside they have several exhibits to see. Twenty Mule team, ore carts, large ore truck and views of the larges open pit mine in California. We were informed that they were underground and the start and then became open pit. There was company housing also since this was a large company. They have 800 people working 24 hours per day, 365 days.

The visitors center is the place to go with nice people with answers and views of the mining operation. They have a video that explains a lot. Worth seing.
Written October 15, 2021
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AceWickwire
Fruita, CO85 contributions
Feb 2020
Very nice visitor center for the world’s largest Borax mine. Worth the side trip off Hwy 58, take the Borax Road exit. We had our motorhome and on approach to the visitor center realized the entrance road turned into a steep sand/gravel hill with washboard. After disconnecting our tow vehicle, turned RV around and parked it just outside the mine property. Road up to the visitor center is fine for other vehicles, we just don’t take our motorhome on those types of roads. Other folks did drive their smaller RVs up to the visitor center. They have a very large parking area with plenty of space for everyone. Folks in the visitor center very helpful and friendly. Good displays of the mining process and uses of Borax after processed. Views of the mine from atop the visitor center are worth the walk up the small hill. We learned some interesting facts about the operation of 20 mule teams.
Written February 27, 2020
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shnpan
Birmingham, AL1,011 contributions
Oct 2019
This was a great visitor center to discover the history of Boron, California. There is a movie to see explaining the significance of Borax to this area of the country. At the top of the building is a lookout to see where they are mining the minerals and the plant that processes them. They also gave us a postcard with mineral samples and a poster of the twenty mule team. There is a replica of the twenty mule team with wagon on the outside of the building. It is a life size replica. The two women in the Visitor Center were both friendly and knowledgeable about the area.
Written November 24, 2019
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Dan U
Twain Harte, CA77 contributions
Nov 2019
This is a must see....Go to the Visitor Center it's worth the stop. It's free, eye opening and educational. Amazing history, very educational and larger than life. 20 Mule team and minerals that are in products you use every day. The have a great walk through museum that explains the Mine, Mining operation, refining operation and the products that are made from this mineral. Static life size display of the Twenty Mule Team. One of the big mining dump trucks etc. Staff was very friendly and very knowlegable.
Watch the video and then look out at the open pit mine. Go to the upper observation area on top of the visitor center and you won't be dissapointed. Also Edwards Air Force Base in near by so you never know what's going to fly over.
Written November 23, 2019
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LovemyAcura🌵
Phoenix13,466 contributions
Nov 2019
What a fun stop! We saw the exit sign while driving that long boring highway, and took a chance. When we went inside we were met by a very nice man who welcomed us to the visitor center and explained what it had to offer. We took our time enjoying all the exhibits, viewed the video and watched some of an old Death Valley series movie. Great memories!
Written November 16, 2019
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Cruiser54874497757
Asheville, NC2 contributions
Apr 2019
Driving through the desert, this is a nice, interesting break. Has a life size display of the original 20 mule team (Borax) out front.
Written November 6, 2019
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Tenly P
Gilroy, CA4 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
We stopped in to the Visitors center on a whim. Staff were cordial, well informed, and took time to answer all of our questions. The brief video and walk to the lookout point added to a great visit. The center was uncrowded, and a good assortment of souvenirs were available in the gift shop.
Written November 5, 2019
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7sHeaven
Morgan Hill, CA97 contributions
Nov 2019 • Family
Had to stop on our way home from AZ. Staff is very informative and knowledgeable about the Mine. Neat and interesting place to stop. Our kids favorite part is being able to pick their own pieces of ‘kernite’ to take home. My husband found a large one and it will be a featured in our garden, LOL! Also a good place for bathroom break, clean.
Written November 5, 2019
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marsilva
california112 contributions
Sep 2019
Nice break from a long drive on Hwy 58. Visitor center is located high above the mine so you get a great view of the mine and processing plant. The docent at the center was a former employee of the mine. He was very helpful and gave a lot of information on the history of the mine. Interesting to see all the products made from borax.
Written September 13, 2019
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