Christmas at the Empire Ranch

Join us for the 2021 Christmas at the Empire Ranch event on Saturday, December 11th, from 10am to 2pm.  The Empire Ranch House will be decorated for Christmas, and we have lots of fun activities planned for the day.

Plan to do some Christmas shopping at the Foundation gift shop and local vendors.  Enjoy a chuckwagon lunch. And be sure to bring your Christmas wish list to share with Santa.  Click here for more details about the day.

Posted 10/25/2021


Cowboy Festival Trail Rides

Ride through history on horseback! Experience the trails used by Empire Ranch cowboys for over 145 years while taking in the lush rolling hills and wide open spaces surrounding the Ranch Headquarters.  Rides are available on both November 6 & 7, starting at 10:30 am.  Last ride of the day is at 2:30 pm.

The 45-minute Trail Ride is $30.  Riders must be age 8 or older. Spaces are limited and may not be available the day of the event.  Click here to reserve your spot now.

Posted 10/12/2021

Cowboy Festival Steak Fry

Join us for a chuckwagon Steak-Fry

Saturday, Nov. 6 from 4:30-7:30 pm!

EZ Cattle Company Cow Camp Café & Chuckwagon is serving up an 8 oz. Strip Steak OR Portobello Mushroom with small potatoes, beans & coleslaw. Live music will accompany your meal.


Click here to get ’em now while they’re hot!

2021 Cowboy Festival

Plan to join us on November 6-7, 2021 for the 20th Empire Ranch Cowboy Festival.  It’s a family event featuring Western music & entertainment; history & culture demonstrations; ranch life exhibits; kids activities; skilled artisans & speakers.  A $20 parking donation per vehicle is requested.

Click here to see the preliminary program information.

Posted 8/20/2021

Online Gift Shop

You can now shop online for ERF Gift Shop items. Your purchase helps preserve and protect the Empire Ranch!

Items for sale include Empire Ranch Foundation denim shirts, t-shirts and books, souvenir coffee cups, Western jewelry and an ever changing offering of gifts for youngsters and seniors – and everyone else in between!

Click here to start shopping.

Posted 7/11/2021

Docent Tours Resume

The Empire Ranch Foundation docent tours, held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month, at 11 am, will resume on Saturday, August 14th.   August tours require a reservation by 5 pm the day prior to the tour. Tour participants are required to wear a face mask when inside the Empire Ranch House.

Click here to make a reservation.

Posted 7/2/2021

Agents of Discovery

You can now explore Historic Empire Ranch in an exciting new way. It’s called Agents of Discovery, the not-so-secret,
secret agency dedicated to learning and playing outdoors.

To get started:
1. Download the free Agents of Discovery app to your mobile device at the Apple App Store, Google Play or visit www.AgentsofDiscovery.com.
2. After downloading the app, click on the Missions button and select the ones you want to play.
3. Preload the missions and head out to the Historic Empire Ranch to start completing your challenges!

Posted 7/1/2021

Ned Vail Stories

In the 1920s Edward L. Vail, Walter Vail’s brother,  began to write reminiscences of his experiences in early Arizona, many of which were published in local newspapers.  The March 2021 issue of the ERF Newsletters features two of his stories.

A Mexican Baile is a humorous story of Empire Ranch cowboys attending a dance in the nearby mining town of Greaterville.  Dan Murphy’s Ranch on the San Pedro River tells the tale of a trip made by Edward Vail and foreman Jerry Dillon to purchase bulls for the Empire Ranch.

Click here to read the stories.

Posted 2/22/2021

New Ranch House Capital Campaign

Help us create our Western Heritage and Education Center!  The Empire Ranch Foundation has begun a capital campaign to renovate the New Ranch House to serve as conference space for education programs, a place for environmental researchers to come stay for a day or two while they study the beautiful area of the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, and as office space where our board members, or in the future, a new administrative director can work.

Click here to find out how you can help.

Visitor Contact Center Closed

The BLM’s partner, Empire Ranch Foundation (ERF), in coordination with the BLM, has decided to close temporarily the Huachuca House visitor contact center within  Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (LCNCA).  Large group events facilitated by ERF, involving carpools or bus transport, are suspended until further notice.