Empire Ranch Foundation

News & Announcements

Filming of Red River

Posted on June 11, 2024

When the Boice family owned the Empire Ranch many Western movies were filmed at the ranch and nearby areas. One of the most iconic is Red River (1948) directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, and Walter Brennan. Location work began in early September of 1946 and was projected to take about eight weeks.

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Gift Shop Member Discount

Posted on June 11, 2024

Effective July 1, 2024 the Empire Ranch Foundation is offering a 10% discount at our gift shop for active members of the Foundation.  To join or renew your membership click on the READ MORE link below.


Book a Trail Ride

Posted on May 29, 2024

Take a 45-minute trail ride ($45) at National Day of the Cowboy.


Riders must be age 8 or older; a parent/guardian must ride with children under 18 years of age. First ride of the day is at 8 am; last ride at noon.



A Star is Born

Posted on May 19, 2024

Plan to attend the Saturday, September 28, 2024 showing of A Star Is Born (1976) featuring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.  Troubled rock star John Norman Howard (Kristofferson) meets and mentors talented singer Esther Hoffman (Streisand) and puts her on the path to stardom.  Admission to the outdoor showings is free. Bring your own seating, food & flashlights. Snacks and water will be available for purchase.

National Day of the Cowboy

Posted on May 18, 2024

Plan to attend the Empire Ranch Foundation’s celebration of National Day of the Cowboy on July 27, 2024.  Program details are updated regularly, so check back often.

Ulzana’s Raid

Posted on April 16, 2024

The Movie Under the Stars showing of Ulzana’s Raid on Saturday, May 18, 2024 was attended by 175 movie buffs.

Marti Conroy Honored

Posted on April 5, 2024

Congratulations to Marti Conroy who received the 2024 Richard (Rich) Fedele Award for Outstanding Excellence in the Support of the Southern Arizona Attractions Alliance (SAAA). An Empire Ranch Foundation board member since 2017, Marti has taken a leadership role in promoting the Empire Ranch via marketing and outreach activities. She greatly deserves this recognition from SAAA for her strong commitment and positive impact on the attractions industry of southern Arizona and the historic Empire Ranch.

Posted 4/5/2023

Alan Nyiri Photography

Posted on February 29, 2024

A selection of Alan Nyiri’s remarkable images of the historic Empire Ranch buildings and the LCNCA landscape are on display and available for purchase in the Empire Ranch Gift Shop.

Alan Nyiri, Las Cienegas National Conservation Area site host and accomplished fine art photographer, is the first artist in residence appointed by the Bureau of Land Management—Tucson Field Office.

Updated 5/30/2024

Spring Trail Ride, April 6, 2024

Posted on February 6, 2024

Sixty-five riders participated in the Empire Ranch Spring Trail Ride on April 6, 2024.  It was a beautiful day and the event was a great success! Special thanks to Faith Boice who led the 3-hour ride and Rick Collins who led the 1.5 hour ride.  The BBQ lunch was deemed delicious by everyone.

Post updated 4/8/2024

National Public Lands Day Education Program

Posted on January 4, 2024

On October 26, 2023, 150 4th graders from Desert Willow Elementary School in Vail spent the day at Empire Ranch Headquarters learning about National Public Lands Day and Las Cienegas National Conservation Area.  Students rotated through five stations staffed by BLM and Foundation experts.  The Empire Ranch history station was located at the Tack Room where the students learned about branding and other ranching equipment.