National Day of the Cowboy, Cancelled

Each July the Empire Ranch Foundation celebrates the National Day of the Cowboy at the historic Empire Ranch.    It’s a free, fun family event.  See below for information about the 2019 event.

The planned NDOC celebration on July 25, 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 health concerns. We look forward to hosting this event again in 2021.

2019 Program

Presentations in the Adobe Haybarn:

  • 10 am – George Bascom, Cochise, and the Start of the Apache Wars / Doug Hocking

Music by Bruce Andre—9:30 to 1:00

Demonstrations in the South Corral [all day]:

  • Blacksmithing by Casey Abbs
  • Leatherworking by P Bar P Leatherworks
  • Saddle making by Brad Faulkner
  • Reata making by Dick Schorr
  • Ranching tools by Bill Schock
  • Horse’n Around Rescue Ranch
  • Groundwork horse training by Regi Richter, Arizona Horseman’s Challenge Participant

Visit the All Around Trail Horses petting zoo east of the Ranch House corrals.  Take a trail ride starting at 9:00 (45-minute ride/$30). Riders must be age 8 or older.

Docent Tours at 10, 11, and 12–meet at the Visitor Contact Station

Silent Auction & Raffle in the Ranch House, Victorian Addition Dining Room, from 9 am to 12:30 pm

Enjoy great grub from the EZ Cattle Company Cow Camp Café and Chuckwagon—lunch served starting at 11:30. $10 a plate of carne asada, beans, Mexican corn and a tortilla.

Visit the ERF Gift Shop and our Vendors & Non-Profit Partners in the Corral Area east of the Adobe Haybarn & Ranch House [all day]:

  • D & S Custom Leather
  • Viktor George Leather Goods
  • Yellow Rose Photography
  • A Simple Cookie
  • Doug Hocking—Author
  • John & Rosa Wright—Paparazzi Jewelry & rustic signs
  • Santa Cruz County Cowbelles
  • Little Green Bags
  • HempWorx