Harmony Borax Works Interpretive Trail

Death Valley National Park
Located 48.5 miles from Shoshone, California (CA)
4 Stars
812 Steps 1  (0.4 mi)

The Harmony Borax Works Interpretive Trail is an outdoor museum dedicated to the history of the Harmony Borax mining plant. This short interpretive loop trail provides several illustrations relating to the famous 20-mule team and the discovery of what the miners referred to in the late 1800's as white gold.

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The Harmony Borax Works Interpretive Trail has a maximum elevation of 0 ft (0 m), a minimum elevation of -245 ft (-75 m), and an elevation range of 245 ft (75 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
8120.4 mi-245 ft0 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
10 min3.846 ft39 ft
[ B to A ]
10 min3.239 ft46 ft

What is the length of the Harmony Borax Works Interpretive Trail?

The length of the trail is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) or 812 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Harmony Borax Works Interpretive Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 10 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 10 min in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Harmony Borax Works Interpretive Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Death Valley National Park topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Beatty Junction, CA
  2. North Topo Map: Nevares Peak, CA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Lees Camp, CA
  4. West Topo Map: West of Furnace Creek, CA
  5. Topo Map: Furnace Creek, CA
  6. East Topo Map: Echo Canyon, CA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Devils Speedway, CA
  8. South Topo Map: Devils Golf Course, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Ryan, CA

Is there a Harmony Borax Works Interpretive trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Harmony Borax Works Interpretive Trail is located on the Furnace Creek topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.