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.

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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Docent Tour Reservations

Effective June 2018 reservations are now required for docent-led tours during the summer months (June-August).

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Empire Ranch House Stabilization Update

Delaminated cement stucco on exterior walls of the Ranch House has been removed, deteriorated adobe beneath it repaired, and several layers of mud plaster have been applied.

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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.

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.  Tickets will go on sale at Eventbrite in June: $15 for ERF members, $20 for non-members’ Posted 5/9/2018

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Docent Tour Reservations

Effective June 2018 reservations are now required for docent-led tours during the summer months (June-August).  Tours are scheduled for 11am on the second and fourth Saturday of the month.  Click here to make a reservations or by calling 888-364-2829.  Reservations are due by 5 pm on the Friday before the tour. Posted 5/1/2018

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Empire Ranch House Stabilization Update

Delaminated cement stucco on exterior walls has been removed, and deteriorated adobe beneath it repaired.  Several layers of mud plaster have been applied, to be followed by a final coat of lime plaster. 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 Continue Reading »

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