Roundup & Open House

Mark your calendar for the Roundup & Open House, always the first Saturday in November. The 2014 Roundup & Open House will be held Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.   Check back soon for more details.

Thank You!

The Roundup & Open House on Saturday, Nov. 2 showcased the Empire Ranch in all its glory — past, present & future! More than 2,000 came to enjoy presentations and demonstrations that engaged children and adults in the history and lore of the Old West. Throughout the day attendees relived cowboy traditions, watched exciting arena events featuring roping and riding, western skill demonstrations, “Cowboy Conversations,”  kid’s corral, Western music, Western authors arena, food, auctions, raffles. The Roundup & Open House provided a day long Western experience at the Historic Empire Ranch.

Thank you to all the sponsors, presenters, volunteers and the Bureau of Land Management/Tucson Field Office that made this event possible. Special thanks to the Elgin Sonoita Cowbelles and Sierra Vista Girl Scout Troop for their support.

  • For more about the 2013 Roundup, including a list of sponsors and auction donors, read the November newsletter here.
  • Photos from the 2013 Roundup & Open House are posted on our Facebook Page. View the album of photos here.

Mark your calendar for the 2014 Roundup & Open House, always the first Saturday in November — Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

Roundup Schedule & Map

For the 2013 Roundup Flier, click here.


The Roundup is a community effort. Your support of this authentic event is greatly appreciated.  Click here to learn about being a Sponsor, Auction Donor, or Volunteer. 

2013 Lead Sponsors

Anonymous Jim Click Automotive Team
Arbuckles Coffee Roasters National Environmental Education Foundation
Classic Tents Roberts & Associates, PLLC
Green Valley Pecans Schouten & Sullivan
Jack Furrier Western Tire & Auto Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum

2013 Friends & Supporters ($100-$499)

Anonymous Santa Cruz County Cowbelles
Babacomari Ranch Barbara J Schild
Craig Bell & Maureen O’Brien Jacqui Tibbs
Capital Wealth Investments Trifam Foundation
Bonnie Day Carl & Jan Vail
Katie & Bruce Dusenberry Lea Ward
Hydra Leather Donald & Nancy Webster
Bob Pieper










Our Thanks to the Presenters at the 2013 Roundup & Open House


  • Balderrama Family’s Dancing Horses of Rio Rico
  • Military Riding, B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry (Mem.)
  • Tombstone Ghost Riders/Cowboy Mounted Shooters
  • Ranch Roping & Cattle Handling - Joel Eliot, Brian Baldwin & David Kay
  • Jabez Ranch Horsemanship DemoBruce Norton
  • Horse’n Around Rescue Ranch Rehabilitation DemoSteve Boice


  • Adobe BrickmakingChris Schrager, David Yubeta
  • Basics of BlacksmithingCasey Abbs
  • Branding Iron LoreBill Schock
  • Farrier’s Work of Shoeing HorsesJohn Russell
  • Kid’s Corral – by Local 4 H Clubs
  • Lessons of Leather CarvingBen Claridge
  • Making Your Own Reata - Dick Schorr
  • Packing Mules for the Back Country - Lyman Family
  • Stories of Saddle MakingLynne London & Kevin Berry
  • Weaving Horsehair RopeJesús García
  • Wood Carving ArtistryLouis David Valenzuela


  • Western Movies – Bob Shelton/Don Collier
  • The Gunfight at OK Corral – Scott Dyke
  • Cowboying in the Old Days – Eddie Gardner
  • Edward Vail Story Van Fowers
  • Guns of the Old West - John R. Larkin
  • History of Cordage & Horsehair RopemakingJesús García
  • Living History of Buffalo Bill - Dane Johnson
  • Mountain Men MysteriesPJ Lawton
  • Life of a 1953 Working CowboyNorman Hinman
  • Texas Sheriff John SlaughterJohn R. Larkin
  • Vail Family VignettesSusan Vail Hoffman
  • Working Empire Ranch Cowboy (1940′s) - Gerald Korte


  • Way Out West Western Band
  • Mariachi Apaches of Nogales High School
  • Janice Deardorff, Western singer/songwriter

Directions from Tucson

Take I-10 east; take exit 281 onto Scenic Highway 83 south toward Sonoita; go 18 miles to just past milepost 40. Turn left at the “Empire Ranch Historic Site” sign. Driving instructions with map.