Twenty Mule Canyon gets its name from the famous 20-mule team that ferried borax out of Death Valley from 1883 to 1889 The picturesque, yet otherwise, desolate canyon is unpaved 2.7 mile one way scenic drive through multicolored badlands. This canyon was not actually part of the original 165 mile Borax freight route. So why the name? Well.... we search high and low for this answer, and found one article stating that the office of the twenty mule borax operation was at one end of the canyon which, eventually was moved to Furnace Creek Ranch, where it is now a Borax Museum. However, most everyone agrees, that the canyon was named in honor of the twenty mule team. If you have more information, please share.