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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Cowboy Christmas at the Empire Ranch

Visit the Empire Ranch in holiday splendor! Saturday, December 10th, from 11am-3pm,  begin with a docent-led tour and then spend some time re-imagining the ranch in the old days.

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Help Us With a Year-End Gift

Please help us continue to protect and preserve the Empire Ranch by making a year end contribution.

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Photo by Tahnee Robertson

Ian Tomlinson

Read all about Ian Tomlinson’s management of the grasslands in the historic Empire Valley in a recent article published by The Nature Conservancy.

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Diary of a Desert Trail

ERF has republished Edward L. Vail’s Diary of a Desert Trail,  the colorful story of the 1890 cattle drive from the Empire Ranch to California’s Warner’s Ranch.  Copies ($15) can be purchased from the ERF gift shop at the Empire Ranch or from Amazon.

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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.

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Cowboy Christmas at the Empire Ranch

Visit the Empire Ranch in holiday splendor! Saturday, December 10th, from 11am-3pm,  begin with a docent-led tour and then spend some time re-imagining the ranch in the old days. Sing carols, enjoy holiday cookies, learn how to make Christmas Cards, take family photos for your Holiday Cards, visit with each other. Bring your lunch, bring Continue Reading »

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Help Us With a Year-End Gift

The Empire Ranch is an Arizona historic treasure.  With the support of our members we are able to preserve the Empire Ranch legacy for future generations.  Please help with a year-end contribution.  If you’ve already renewed your membership, this donation will be added to your existing membership level. To make a contribution, click here. Or call 888-364-2829 Continue Reading »

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Photo by Tahnee Robertson

Ian Tomlinson

Read all about Ian Tomlinson’s management of the grasslands in the historic Empire Valley in a recent article published by The Nature Conservancy.  The Tomlinson Family is the fourth family to ranch the historic Empire Ranch, under a lease agreement with the Bureau of Land Management. Posted 11/21/2016

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Diary of a Desert Trail

To celebrate the 140th anniversary of the founding of the Empire Ranch ERF has republished Edward L. Vail’s Diary of a Desert Trail, illustrated by photos from ERF’s archives and other library collections.  Vail first shared the colorful story of the 1890 cattle drive from the Empire Ranch to California’s Warner’s Ranch through a series Continue Reading »

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