Who We Are

The Empire Ranch Foundation (ERF) is a non-profit volunteer organization that was established in 1997.

Acting in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the purpose of the Foundation is to protect, restore and sustain the Empire Ranch historical buildings and landscape as an outstanding western heritage and education center.

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Roundup & Open House

Plan to attend the 16th Annual Roundup and Open House on Saturday, November 5, 2016. It’s a Western experience for the whole family!

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Empire Ranch Founding

2016 marks the 140th anniversary of the founding of the Empire Ranch. Click here to view a chronology that documents the events that led to the establishment of the Empire Ranch.

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A Classic Movie for a Classic Cause

Don’t miss the 6th annual Western Movies at The Loft on August 10th featuring Westward the Women!

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Volunteer Days

We need the hands of many to maintain and preserve the Empire Ranch. Join us for the next Volunteer Day on August 20, 2016 at the Empire Ranch.

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Who We Are

The Empire Ranch Foundation (ERF) is a non-profit volunteer organization that was established in 1997.

Acting in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the purpose of the Foundation is to protect, restore and sustain the Empire Ranch historical buildings and landscape as an outstanding western heritage and education center.

Empire Ranch Roundup Poster for 2016 FINAL, cropped

Roundup & Open House

Relive the Old West at the 13th Annual Roundup & Open House at the Historic Empire Ranch on Saturday, Nov. 2.

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Empire Ranch Founding

2016 marks the 140th anniversary of the founding of the Empire Ranch.  Click here to view a chronology that tells the story that led to the establishment of the Empire Ranch when Walter Lennox Vail (age 24) and Herbert R. Hislop (age 23) purchased a 160 acre homestead in Southeastern Arizona.  The information recounted comes primarily from letters Continue Reading »

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A Classic Movie for a Classic Cause

Tickets are on sale now for the Thursday, Aug. 15 showing of the 1957 classic Western, “3:10 to Yuma,” starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin.






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Volunteer Days

We need the hands of many to maintain and restore the Empire Ranch. Join us Saturday, Aug 10 at the Empire Ranch.






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