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.
On April 14, 2018 Walter L. Vail (1852-1906) will be inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Hall of Great Westerners. This high honor is bestowed by the Museum “on exceptional individuals who have made an indelible impact upon the history of the great West.” Walter Vail joins Frank Seymour Boice (1894-1956), who Continue Reading »
ERF is delighted to welcome Lahsha Brown as our new Administrator! Born and raised in Idaho, Lahsha grew up enjoying life in the great outdoors. She began working for Idaho office of The Wilderness Society in 1995. There she led campaigns to protect Wilderness areas, Wild & Scenic Rivers, National Monuments, NCAs, and other special public lands. Lahsha moved to Tucson in 2006 and has worked Continue Reading »
The BLM has re-opened portions of Las Cienegas National Conservation Area which were closed due to the recent Sawmill Fire. . Areas south and west of the 900 road are now open. The public may access the Empire Ranch Headquarters through the main entrances off highways 82 and 83. However, the Heritage Discovery Trail, all parts of Continue Reading »
Save the date, Wednesday, August 2, 2017 for the 7th annual Western Movie at the Loft Cinema. This year we are proud to bring to you Ride the High Country starring Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott. Our program for the evening will feature Wyatt McCrea, Joel McCrea’s grandson, and author of Joel McCrea, A Film Continue Reading »