Special Milestone Celebration

Plan to join us at the Empire Ranch House for a special milestone celebration on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 10 am to 1 pm. Enjoy presentations, new exhibits, Ranch House tours, and more.  Click here to RSVP and for additional information.  Questions?  Contact admin@empireranchfoundation.org

Updated 1/21/2019

Spring Trail Ride

Join us for the Spring Trail Ride on Saturday April 6th, 2019.  It’s an authentic western experience like no other, benefitting the Empire Ranch Foundation. Registration deadline is March 22, 2019.

Enjoy guided horseback rides, a 3-hour at 9 am or a 1.5-hour at 10 am, through the beautiful rolling grasslands of  Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. Or, choose a horse-drawn wagon for a tour of the spectacular scenery. All three options include a catered chuck wagon lunch, music, docent tours, and more!  Click here to register or for more information.

Posted 1/21/2019

Volunteer Days

Dedicated volunteers have been key to preserving the historic Empire Ranch House and Headquarters.  Join us for the next Volunteer Day on  Saturday, February 2nd from 8am to noon. To volunteer, please submit a Volunteer Opportunities Form, and we will contact you with more details!

Post updated 12/11/2018

Interpreting the Ranch House

The re-opening of the Empire Ranch House provides a wonderful opportunity to update and add exhibits and interpretative materials. Two long standing exhibits are being revised and updated. The History of the Empire Ranch Timeline, on display in the Living Room of the Victorian addition, will now cover the time period 1870-2000, ending with the establishment of Las Cienegas National Conservation Area.  The focus of the Who Lived Here? exhibit in the Master Bedroom will change from individuals who actually lived in the Master Bedroom to Empire Ranch Families.  Throughout the Ranch House we will add some furniture and interpretive signs to explain items on display and architectural features of the building. In the Children’s Addition we will install an exhibit of toys dating between 1886 and 1960.

Posted 11/30/2108

Yes! 2018

Thirteen enthusiastic students participated in the 2018 Youth Engaged Stewardship (YES!) program at Las Cienegas NCA.  After learning about the history of LCNCA and area inhabitants, the students spent several days working at the
Hummel Ranch, located a few miles south of Empire Ranch Headquarters. They measured, photographed and documented the ranch structures, removed vegetation from the ranch house, and cleared brush to make the area surrounding the structures “fire safe.”

They visited the Sacaton flats at Gardner Canyon to learn of past work by YES! groups and identified a need to record quantitative data to document the success of erosion mitigation efforts.  They also surveyed one LCNCA prairie dog colony
and contributed data to a formal report with retired Arizona Game and Fish Biologist, Robert Fink. At “Bill’s Pond” Dennis Caldwell worked with the students to transplant native aquatic plants, improve habitat along the edges of the pond, and create a water flow structure to help aerate the pond, and built overwintering structures for the endangered
Chiricahua leopard frog.

Posted 9/6/2018

National Public Lands Day

In celebration of National Public Lands Day, 17 volunteers joined BLM staff on September 22nd to work on several projects at the Empire Ranch Headquarters. Work was done on the Discovery Heritage Trail as well as the historical ranch house, where interpretive displays inside and exterior preparations for painting the front porch were completed. We appreciate the hard work of so many volunteers to make these improvements for visitors to the Empire Ranch and LCNCA. There will be a week day work day in mid-October to complete the painting project before the Cowboy Festival on Nov. 3rd. Please contact admin@empireranchfoundation.org for more information.

Click here to view photos of the work completed.

Updated 9/28/2018