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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. …

  • Empire Ranch Establishment, 1876-1878

      This chronology tells the story that led to the establishment of the Empire Ranch when Walter Lennox Vail (age 24) and Herbert R. Hislop (age 23) purchased a 160 acre homestead in Southeastern Arizona. The information recounted comes primarily from letters written by both partners during the formative years of the Empire Ranch. The Partners Meet and Prepare to Travel to Arizona (June-July 4, 1876) The Trip from Los Angeles to Tucson (July 5-13,…

  • NDOC Vendor Application

    We welcome vendor participation at the Empire Ranch Foundation’s National Day of the Cowboy celebration on July 23, 2022 from 8 a.m. to noon. In 2021 over 200 individuals attended. To register, please complete the form below. Registration closes on July 15, 2022. Questions? Email the ERF Administrator or call 888-364-2829.   National Day of the Cowboy Vendor Application “*” indicates required fields Business Name* Contact Name* First Last Cell Ph…

  • Outreach and Education

    Outreach Foundation volunteers are available to participate in public events around Southeastern Arizona to share information about the Empire Ranch and its legacy to those attending the event. We have a portable display that includes illustrations of the history and life on the Empire Ranch, brochures, flyers for upcoming events, and other items of interest pertaining to the Empire Ranch and the Foundation. When possible we have an array of item…

  • RSVP Confirmation

    … Thank you for responding to the invitation for the Milestone Celebration. We are looking forward to seeing you there on March 23, 2019! …

  • Docent Training Program

    Are you interested in learning more about the Empire Ranch and sharing your knowledge with visitors to the Empire Ranch? Then sign up to become an ERF docent. Docents conduct monthly Empire Ranch House tours that provide a general introduction to the history of the Empire Ranch, its buildings and its people. Each docent provides an average of four monthly tours annually. Docent training classes are generally held once a year at Empire Ranch headq…

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  • National Day of the Cowboy, July 23, 2022

    Each July the Empire Ranch Foundation celebrates the National Day of the Cowboy at the historic Empire Ranch. It’s a free, fun family event. Plan to join us on July 23rd! Preliminary Program Updated July 6, 2022 Demonstrations: Ranching tools by Bill Schock Reata making by Dick Schorr Saddle making by Brad Faulkner Horse’n Around Rescue Ranch Groundwork horse training by Regi Richter, Arizona Horseman’s Challenge Participant Food: Smokin’ Monster…

  • Empire Ranch Docent Tours

    … Effective February 2022 reservations are now required for all docent-led tours of Empire Ranch Headquarters. Tours are scheduled for 11am on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. Click here to make a reservation. Reservations are due by 5 pm on the Friday before the tour. Requests for special tours can also be made via the website link above. Posted 1/31/2022 …

  • Docent Tour Reservation Form

    Free Docent-led Tours of the Empire Ranch Headquarters, sponsored by the Empire Ranch Foundation, are held at 11am on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. Meet at the Visitor Contact Station. Tours are free, and open to the public. Reservations are required for tours. Please complete and submit the form below to make a reservation or request additional information about tours. Reservations must be made by 5 pm the Friday before the tour…