More than 100 years later, many of the main structures of the camp on private land remain, and serve as the focal point of DVC’s restoration and preservation efforts. DVC’s mantra for Ryan is to “preserve what is left and restore where possible.”
Rio Tinto, which owned the land, buildings, and surrounding mines, donated Ryan Camp and its mineral rights to the DVC in 2013. Working with DVC, Rio Tinto also established the Ryan Endowment and Work Funds which will help the conservancy maintain and restore historic features on the site. The contribution is meant to ensure that proper resources are available for restoration and maintenance at the site far into the future, and is a testament to how much the company values its heritage in Death Valley.
While public tours are occasionally offered at Ryan, it is important to note that for the safety and preservation of the site it is otherwise closed to the general public.