National Day of the Cowboy

The planned celebration of National Day of the Cowboy on Saturday, July 26, 2020 has been cancelled due to  COVID-19 health concerns.  We look forward to hosting the event again in 2021.

Click here to view photos of the 2019 celebration


Posted 6/19/2020

Ranch House Remains Open

The historic Empire Ranch House on Las Cienegas National Conservation Area remains open for individual visitation.  Each room of the Ranch House has interpretive signage that explains the history of the room, its use, and past occupants.  Please be sure to close all doors behind you and practice social distancing if you encounter other visitors when touring the building.

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.

Docent Tours Cancelled

The Empire Ranch Foundation docent tours, held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month, are cancelled until further notice.  The Empire Ranch House will remain open for self-guided tours.  Each room of the Ranch House has signage that describes the history and function of the room.

Posted 3/17/2020

Spring Trail Ride–Postponed

Due to the CDC’s guidelines, Empire Ranch Foundation (ERF) has decided to postpone our April 4th Spring Trail Ride to a later date.   We will continue to comply with the guidelines and once the CDC no longer has concerns with large gatherings, we will notify you of the new date for the event.

We will accommodate those who may want to receive a refund at this time.  For the participants that became members of ERF by signing up for the event, please consider remaining members of the Foundation.

Your support helps with the preservation of the Historic Empire Ranch and all the outbuildings.  If you have never visited the ranch, we would like to invite you to see this hidden treasure.  If considering a refund, please email us at admin@empireranchfoundation.org.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Updated 3/15/2020

Office Interpretation

Plan to visit the Empire Ranch and view the newly interpreted Office (Room 11) in the Empire Ranch House.  Walter Vail added on the room he used to conduct his business and political affairs about 1878.  It still houses the Empire Land & Cattle Company safe in which Walter locked his whiskey when he was away from the ranch.  The Boice family also used this room as an office, and the safe was used to store the company’s books and records.  The room also contains a record/mailbox cabinet dating to the Vail era.

The room’s walls and interior woodwork were painted.  The cabinet was repaired, oiled, and cleaned.   A donated roll-top desk, rolling desk chair, and old Royal typewriter have been added to the furnishing.  Reproductions of five framed maps, which illustrate the location of the Empire Ranch and its holdings, including the Total Wreck Mine, are now mounted on the walls.

Posted 2/15/2020

Volunteer Days

Dedicated volunteers have been key to preserving the historic Empire Ranch House and Headquarters.  Stay tuned for an announcement of the next scheduled volunteer day.  To volunteer, please submit a Volunteer Opportunities Form, and we will contact you with more details!

Post updated 3/17/2020

Getting the Word Out

The Foundation’s outreach volunteers had a busy 2019 staffing booths at a variety of community events.  We talked to over  2,300 people at thirteen community events and gave five presentations on the history of the Empire Ranch to 300  individuals.

During 2020 the Outreach and Education committee already has a full schedule of outreach booths and presentations. If you have events to suggest or want to request an ERF speaker for your group or organization contact Marti Conroy by email: Wrangler4504@gmail.com or phone: (520) 247-6097.

Posted 2/15/2020