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 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 2024 preliminary schedule of events.  Check back often for updates.

2024 Preliminary Program

As of June 13, 2024


  • Blacksmithing by Ron Applegate
  • Hat Making by Mike Marsh
  • Ranching tools by Bill Schock
  • Reata braiding by Dick Schorr
  • Saddlemaking by Drew Bevan-Church
  • Saddles & Weapons by Mark Ellis

Trail Rides

Take a 45-minute trail ride ($45). 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 breakfast, lunch or both, served up by Gunny’s BBQ of Sierra Vista. 

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