Who We Are

The Empire Ranch Foundation (ERF) is a non-profit 501c3 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 House Stabilization Update

We’re close to the finish line!  Lime plaster has been applied to exterior walls and the roofs are almost done.

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Pima County Proclamation

Pima County Board of Supervisors declares July 28, 2018 to be “Empire Ranch, Walter L. Vail, and Arizona Cowboy Heritage Day.”

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National Day of the Cowboy

Help us celebrate National Day of the Cowboy on Saturday, July 28th at the Empire Ranch.

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The Outlaw Josey Wales

Plan to attend the 2018 Western Movie at the Loft Cinema in Tucson showing of The Outlaw Josey Wales on August 8th.

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Who We Are

The Empire Ranch Foundation (ERF) is a non-profit 501c3 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 House Stabilization Update

We’re close to the finish line!  Lime plaster has been applied to exterior walls and the roofs are almost done. Click here to view photos of the project as it proceeds. Statistical Research Inc. is doing the work under a BLM contract.  To assure public safety the Ranch House will be closed until the work is completed. Continue Reading »

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Pima County Proclamation

At its meeting on July 3rd the Pima County Board of Supervisors declared July 28, 2018 to be “Empire Ranch, Walter L. Vail, and Arizona Cowboy Heritage Day.” The text of the proclamation reads: WHEREAS the Empire Ranch is part of the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, a key component of the Pima County Sonoran Continue Reading »

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National Day of the Cowboy

Help us celebrate National Day of the Cowboy on Saturday, July 28th at the Empire Ranch, 9 am to 1 pm.  It’s a free family event featuring demonstrations, presentations, tours, and  The Story of Walter Vail reenactment by Van Fowers. Posted 5/8/2018

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The Outlaw Josey Wales

Plan to attend the 2018 Western Movie at the Loft Cinema in Tucson showing of The Outlaw Josey Wales, starring Clint Eastwood, on August 8th. A panel discussion at 6:30 pm precedes the 7:00 pm show time.  Click here to purchase your tickets online: $15 for ERF members, $20 for non-members. Updated 6/6/2018

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