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“20 Mule History”

Borax Visitor Center
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Boron
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 14, 2013

Took a spur of the moment side trip on our way to the Grand Canyon, stopping at the site of this open pit borax mine. The visitor center is located on a hill overlooking the pit, and offers a good view of the adjoining plant and the high desert valley. They have an informative video presenting the history of the borax mines in Death Valley and at Rio Tonto near Boron. In the visitor center are displays of products that contain borax and other minerals extracted from the mine, as well as information on the processing of borax. There is also a section dedicated to the old "Death Valley Days Radio and TV show, which was sponsored by "20 Mule Team Borax". There is an observation deck on top of the visitor center (not handicap accessible). Outside is a life-sized replica of the 20 mule team, two freight wagons and a water wagon.

1  Thank Karla M
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

We loved this place. There is a short informational movie which tells all about the mining process, A small museum where you can see all of the products that are made from or at least have some of the rock/salts, etc included in them. Then you get to go up on this hill and get a birds eye view of the mining process. It was extremely interesting to us, as we are both "rock buffs" and love seeing the minerals mined. It is an out of the way place. Has a nice reproduction of the old 20 mule team.
but has an original 20 mule team wagon. The cost is $3.00 oer car. Open daily except for major holidays

4  Thank jeannecass
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We were driving home Las Vegas and saw that there was a visitor center for the Borax mine. it is located a short distance from the highway. Our parents used Borax in laundry and found it interesting. The museum is very informative. It was interesting to see the variety of products that use some sort of boron. The view of the mining area was interesting from the top of the visitor center which is located with a great view of the mining operation. We were glad that we stopped to take a break from our drive on the highway.

1  Thank AaronI
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

It was OK. I guess it didn't hold my attention really. It is an interesting area and some interesting history. The staff are really cool. I guess I just wasn't that interested.

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Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

Stopped here and learned a lot about what is mined and how it is used. Please take advantage of the enjoyable and informative video. After the video, the curtain covering the observation window is opened and you can see the operation and ask questions. Enjoy the museum and store. Also go through the tailing piles and select some specimen to start or add to a mineral collection.

3  Thank rocklvr03
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