Borax Visitor Center


Explore our history—and learn how boron enables modern living

Discover This Hidden Gem

Buried deep in the Mojave Desert is one of the biggest and richest deposits of borax on the planet. There, on the rim of our active Borax mine, you will find the 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.

The Center offers an opportunity to explore U.S. Borax’s 150-year history as an American icon and learn about mining today and innovations for tomorrow:

  • Historical and geological exhibits
  • Photo ops
  • Video theater
  • 20 mule team replica
  • Gift shop
  • Borax souvenirs

U.S. Borax Mine
 

Contact us 

Phone: (760) 762-7588 
Email: visitor.center@riotinto.com 

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Free Admission Year Round 

Weather permitting, the Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry is at 4:45 p.m.), excluding major holidays.

Admission is free, but the Center accepts donations to support local community organizations through our nonprofit Borax Visitor Center Foundation. Parking is also free and accessible to recreational vehicles. 

Location and Map

14486 Borax Road
Boron, CA 93516

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While you’re in Boron, be sure to visit the (unaffiliated) Twenty Mule Team Museum at 26962 Twenty Mule Team Road. 

Contact us 

Phone: (760) 762-7588 
Email: visitor.center@riotinto.com 

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U.S. Borax: A legacy of innovation
Learn about the pioneers whose mining techniques have evolved into some of today's most innovative mining technology. Watch the video

U.S. Borax, part of Rio Tinto, is a global leader in the supply and science of borates—naturally-occurring minerals containing boron and other elements. We are 1,000 people serving 500 customers with more than 1,700 delivery locations globally. We supply 30% of the world’s need for refined borates from our world-class mine in Boron, California, about 100 miles east of Los Angeles.  Learn more about Rio Tinto

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