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.

Trail Ride

Spring Trail Ride

Plan to attend  the Foundation’s annual Spring Trail Ride on Saturday April 1st!

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Cowboy Christmas at the Empire Ranch

Over 100 visitors saw the  Empire Ranch in holiday splendor on  Saturday, December 10th.

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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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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.

Trail Ride

Spring Trail Ride

Plan to attend the Foundation’s Spring Trail Ride on Saturday, April 1st.  Ride through the rolling hills and spectacular scenery of Las Cienegas National Conservation Area.   Click here for more information including the registration form for the ride.  Click here to view photos of the 2016 Trail Ride. Posted 12/18/2016

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Cowboy Christmas at the Empire Ranch

Over 100 friends and new visitors came out to the Empire Ranch on December 10, 2016 to enjoy the festive decorations, tours, shopping, cookies, Santa’s helper and stories from Bunker and Gerald. Thanks to our lovely volunteers for decorating the house, baking the cookies and assisting our visitors in this lovely day! Click here to 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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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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