Empire Ranch Foundation
National Day of the Cowboy

Each July the Empire Ranch Foundation celebrates the National Day of the Cowboy(NDOC) at the historic Empire Ranch. It’s a free, fun family event. We welcome participation in NDOC by vendors and non-profit organizations.  Use the links on the menu to the left to register.

Plan to Attend

National Day of the Cowboy
July 27, 2024

See below for the 2023 schedule of events.  Program details for the 2024 celebration will be posted in June.

2023 Program

Music and Cowboy Poetry by Arizona Cowboy, Gary Kirkman


  • Blacksmithing & Chuckwagon cooking by Ron Applegate
  • Civilian and military saddles and weapons by Mark Ellis
  • Ranching tools by Bill Schock
  • Reata braiding by Dick Schorr
  • Horse’n Around Rescue Ranch
  • Groundwork horse training by Regi Richter, Arizona Horseman’s Challenge Participant
  • Shaw pack goats by Steve Shaw

Trail Rides

Take a 45-minute trail ride; $45/ride. 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.

Great Grub

Enjoy a Chuckwagon breakfast, lunch or both!  $10 for Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Potatoes and a Tortilla from 8am – 9:30am. $15 for Pulled Pork Sliders, Trail Beans and Coleslaw from 11:30am – 1pm.

Docent Tours at 9, 10, and 11

Plan to shop in the ERF Gift Shop.

Vendors & Non-Profits:

2023 National Day of the Cowboy Photos

Courtesy of Through the Hoop Photography, Faith Boice, and Alison Bunting