Empire Ranch Foundation

Preserving the Empire Ranch for Future Generations

Photo by Alan Nyiri

Photo by Murray Bolesta

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.

News & Announcements

Alan Nyiri Photography

A selection of Alan Nyiri’s remarkable images of the historic Empire Ranch buildings and the LCNCA landscape will be on display in the Empire Ranch Gift Shop, March 8-24, 2024.  On Saturday, March 23rd Alan...

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Spring Trail Ride, April 6, 2024

Ride with Us on April 6, 2024!  We will have two guided horseback rides through the beautiful rolling grasslands of Las Cienegas National Conservation Area.  The 3  hour ride departs at 9am and the  1.5...

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National Public Lands Day Education Program

On October 26, 2023, 150 4th graders from Desert Willow Elementary School in Vail spent the day at Empire Ranch Headquarters learning about National Public Lands Day and Las Cienegas National Conservation Area.  Students rotated...

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Volunteer Days

Dedicated volunteers have been key to preserving the historic Empire Ranch House and Headquarters.  Please join us on Saturday, March 2, 2024. To volunteer, please submit a Volunteer Opportunities Form, and we will contact you...

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