Visitor Center

Discover Hidden Treasure

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 126,845 visitors as of the end of 2010.

Hours of Operation
The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., (with last entry at 4:30 p.m.) excluding major holidays and weather permitting.*

Admission is free
Entry is free,  however 100% of donations and gift store sales are redirected to our not-for-profit Foundation to support local community organizations.

Parking is accessible to recreational vehicles.

Be sure to visit the Twenty Mule Team Museum when you're in town:

26962 Twenty Mule Team Road.

*Please call ahead if it has recently rained to check that the dirt road to the center is open.

Visitor Center

History

Learn about Borax

Borax traces its roots to California's Death Valley, where borate deposits were discovered in 1872. The twenty mule teams Borax used to haul ore out of the remote desert live on as a symbol of the company's commitment to innovation. The current open pit in the Mojave Desert began as an underground mine in 1927, and Boron Operations was converted to a surface mine in the late 1950s. At this time extensive facilities for refining ore were built. In 1980, Borax built its boric acid plant, securing the company's position as the world's leading boric acid supplier.

 

History