Ryan Tours

One of the most unique experiences in Death Valley is a tour of Ryan Camp, a privately owned, historic borax mining camp stewarded by the Death Valley Conservancy.

Tours last about two and a half to three hours and include:

  • Learning the history of Ryan Camp from our professional staff that have deep expertise in historic preservation, archeology, and mining
  • Enjoying a guided walking tour of the grounds and select buildings with the opportunity to take pictures and ask questions
  • Seeing the exciting restoration and preservation efforts currently underway, and hearing about plans for future projects
  • Experiencing firsthand the special Death Valley spirit that Ryan Camp embodies while making memories together that will last for life

Please note that touring Ryan Camp is moderately strenuous and requires a fair amount of walking – up and down stairs and on uneven terrain. The Death Valley location means that the weather can sometimes be quite warm.

With increasing demand for public tours, we have implemented a random drawing system for participant selection. Our tours are limited to a maximum of 15 individuals (up to 4 per “group” sign up including yourself) due to concerns for participant safety, site protection and safety, and staffing availability. Additionally, smaller groups get more out of the experience.

Sign up below to be notified of upcoming Ryan Tours and the opportunity to be selected in the random drawing. Please be sure to correctly indicate the total number of guests per group, and include the full names of any guests besides yourself.

Jessica presents the Story of Ryan
Ryan Tour Scott Sharing Rec Hall Renovations to Tour Group
Ryan Tour Scott Operates Baby Gauge Locomotive

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If you would like to be notified via email of scheduled public tours, complete this form and request to be put on the Ryan Tour Notification email list.

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A visit to Ryan is an incredible experience that we are happy to share with the public on guided tours.


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