Harmony Borax Works - Death Valley National Forest
Location : Harmony Borax works, Death Valley National Forest
Address : Click here.
Elevation : -514 ft (below sea level)
Tree Cover : No cover. Sunscreen recommended.
Parking : Parking near trailhead, click here.
Note : Pets not allowed. Take plenty of water with you.
Note : Death valley gets pretty hot in summer so carry plenty of water with you. Also pets are not allowed on this trail.
It is a quarter mile loop trail but you can extend it by taking the branching trails as you can see in the map above. There is plenty of parking at the trailhead. I would strongly recommend having good hiking shoes if you are planning to go off this quarter mile loop but it is totally worth it, you get a slightly better view as you can see in the video.
This historic site is not too far from Mustard canyon which is also a must visit place in Death valley. The quarter mile loop has laminated interpretive sites that tell the history of the place. Death valley developed around the Harmony Borax works factory that started in 1883, just 5 after which they had to shutdown the business. At its peak 3 tonnes of borax was produced per day which was transported from the factory using double wagon that was pulled by the famous 20-mule teams.
The dry climate of the valley helped preserve the ruins till date. It was entered in the National Register of Historic places in 1974. Overall the largest National park in the lower 48 states with its extreme temperatures and all the different landscapes definitely deserves a place in your travel bucket list.
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Death Valley 20 mule team picture, Harmony Borax works