National Day of the Cowboy

Each July the Empire Ranch Foundation celebrates the National Day of the Cowboy at the historic Empire Ranch.  Plan to join us on Saturday, July 27th starting at 9 am.  It’s a free, fun family event.

Preliminary Program

Presentations in the Adobe Haybarn:

  • 10 am – George Bascom, Cochise, and the Start of the Apache Wars / Doug Hocking
  • 11 am – Multi-generational Ranching / Ian and Addie Tomlinson

Demonstrations [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.  Take a trail ride (1/2 hour $35; 1 hour $40)

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

Chuckwagon lunch by EZ Cattle Company Cow Camp Café Chuckwagon & Catering will be available for purchase

Visit the ERF Gift Shop and our Vendors