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Borax Visitor Center

14486 Borax Rd, Boron, CA 93516-2017
+1 760-762-7588
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Worth a stop

Very cool place not too far off the Highway. Working mine you are able to view - from a distance... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
freedom212121
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Sacramento, California
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Borax and it's uses

This place is great. The staff are friendly and informative. You start off with a short video about... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
John C
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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 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.
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“open pit” (10 reviews)
“mule team” (27 reviews)
“short video” (5 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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14486 Borax Rd, Boron, CA 93516-2017
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very cool place not too far off the Highway. Working mine you are able to view - from a distance. Nice little museum and great view of their operations from atop it.

Thank freedom212121
Reviewed 6 September 2017

This place is great. The staff are friendly and informative. You start off with a short video about the history of the mine and borax. Then a walk through the visitor center with good information about how borax is mined and and it's uses. I...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 2 September 2017

We have driven by the Borax Visitor Center a number of times and decided to visit on our latest trip through the area. The Visitor Center is located on the Borax property, and is set up on a hilltop. The center offers a look into...More

Thank GLowPetaluma
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

You can't miss the mine as you are driving down the highway. Since I was a bit road crazy, I decided to stop. The visitor center is located on top of the hill and it is very nice. They have all sorts of exhibits and...More

Thank IndySig
Reviewed 19 August 2017

We stopped here as a total one-off as we drove across the desert -- "oh, look there are tours! Let's stop". We followed signs across the wasteland and on increasingly less "main" roads into the refinery and mine area until we reached the visitors' center...More

Thank Mary W
Reviewed 26 July 2017

Their visitor center describes in detail how Borax is mined, processed and its many uses. It also includes a view of their open pit mine. This an educational rest stop for families with school age children.

Thank James B
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Educational stop in the middle of the desert. Loved the museum and history of the area. Interesting and informative displays both inside and out. I chatted with the staff and all my questions were answered. Learned about the town, the mine, the movie about Hinkley...More

Thank Rebekajean
BoraxVCenter, Guest Relations Manager at Borax Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thank you for taking the time to provide your review. Our primary purpose is to provide an educational opportunity to our visitors about not only our own mining history and current operations but to demonstrate the importance of responsible mining for our every day lives....More

Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

There's a lot about borax I never knew! It's used in a myriad of items we couldn't live without. My family enjoyed the educational experience and the photo ops probided by Rio Tinto Borax Mine. I am finding it difficult to reconcile myself with the...More

Thank Ron D
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

I can't say enough about this museum. Totally well done by the company that bought 20 mule team, borax. It's one of those roadside attractions that leaves you feeling grateful to be an american. Good tour guides, very important to know and see what is...More

Thank Tim C
BoraxVCenter, Guest Relations Manager at Borax Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

Hello Tim We are always pleased to hear feedback from our visitors, particularly when they enjoy the experience. We are very proud of our Visitors Center and our 145 years of borax mining history. Please stop by and see us again sometime.

Reviewed 4 June 2017

what a surprise in the middle of the desert. we had no idea that this existed. we decided to stop in with our 7 children, and so glad we did! well done visiter center. staff very informative and personable. history and future of the borax...More

Thank GE3-95037
BoraxVCenter, Guest Relations Manager at Borax Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2017

Thank you for the great review. We are so glad when visitors 'discover' our hidden gem. We celebrate 145 years of history this year, 90 of those at the Boron location and we are proud to be part of the pioneering history of the West!

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david & gailyn s
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Response from BoraxVCenter | Property representative |
Hello We do not allow animals (except for service animals) inside the visitor center. There is shade and a seating area provided if you wished to leave your dog outside or take turns in visiting inside the center while... More
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Todybran F
17 May 2016|
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Response from BoraxVCenter | Property representative |
We recommend at least one hour. There is a 9 minute video and both inside and outside displays. The roof top viewing platform gives you a great view of the active mine operation and the gift shop has some wonderful items... More
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