Christmas at the Ranch 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 at 10am, 11am, noon, and 1 pm.

The 45-minute Trail Ride is $40.  Riders must be age 8 or older; 18 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult. Spaces are limited and may not be available the day of the event.

Click here to reserve your space.

Posted 11/12/2022

Christmas at the Empire Ranch

Join us for the 2022 Christmas at the Empire Ranch event on Saturday, December 10th from 10am to 2pm.  The Empire Ranch House will be decorated for Christmas, and we have lots of fun activities planned for the day.

Click here to see the preliminary program.

Click here to view photos of the 2021 event.

Posted 10-29-2022

Volunteer in our Gift Shop

We seek volunteers to work at our Gift Shop at the historic Empire Ranch.  Volunteers are needed for five hour shifts on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Responsibilities include stocking, organizing, and cleaning the Gift Shop; processing sales using an iPad and Square software; providing general information about the Empire Ranch and Las Cienegas National Conservation Area; and completing various reports.  Training for all tasks provided.  Volunteers must be personable and willing to engage with visitors.

Click here to apply.

Volunteer Days

Dedicated volunteers have been key to preserving the historic Empire Ranch House and Headquarters.  Please join us on Saturday, December 3, 2022.

To volunteer, please submit a Volunteer Opportunities Form, and we will contact you with more details!

Post updated 10/10/2022

Agents of Discovery

Explore the 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!

Updated 6/1/2022

Last Train from Gun Hill

Almost 200 western film aficionados enjoyed the June 4th outdoor showing of Last Train from Gun Hill. Before the movie started Steve Boice shared stories about his interactions, as a young boy with the actors and film crew.

Click here to view photos of the evening.

Updated 6-12-2022

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

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.