National Day of the Cowboy, July 24, 2021

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.

Despite the steady rain over 200 smiling visitors turned out to enjoy the Empire Ranch Foundation’s celebration of National Day of the Cowboy on Saturday, July 24, 2021 from 8 am to noon.

We are so grateful for the demonstrators, vendors, and volunteers who made the day such a success! 

Click here to view photos of all the activities.

Final Program

Empire Ranch Headquarters

8 am to noon


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

Docent Tours at 9, 10, and 11–meet at the Visitor Contact Station Porch

Enjoy great breakfast grub from the EZ Cattle Company Cow Camp Café and Chuckwagon.  $10/plate.  Breakfast service starts at 8 am.

Visit the ERF Outreach table to learn about the Empire Ranch Foundation and view and purchase ERF Gift Shop items