Docent-Led Tours

Docent-led walking tours of the historic Empire Ranch are held at 11am  on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Tours start at the Empire Ranch Visitor Contact Station and provide an introduction to the history of the Empire Ranch families and the buildings in which they worked and lived.

Tours are free, and open to the public. Advance registration is not required for individuals.  Please let us know in advance if you are bringing a group (larger than 5) to the recurring bi-monthly tours. Special tours for groups can be scheduled by request.

Please Note:  The Empire Ranch House will be inaccessible starting in May 2017 as it undergoes stabilization; this construction which is expected to last through summer 2018.  During this period the docent tour features visits to the Adobe Haybarn and the South Barn, with stops to learn about the covered feed troughs, the Tack Room, the gas pump and more. The structure and rooms of the Ranch House will be described from the exterior, and a slide show available in the Visitor Contact Station will illustrate what the rooms looked like as of December 2016.

Please be aware that the terrain around the Empire Ranch headquarters is primarily dirt with uneven surfaces that can be challenging for walkers, wheelchairs, and some mobility scooters.  Most of the rooms at the historic Empire Ranch headquarters are wheel-chair accessible through the front breezeway (zaguán) entrance; the public restrooms are wheel-chair accessible.

For questions or to schedule a group tour call (888) 364-2829, or email

Click here for map and driving directions to Empire Ranch Headquarters.