Walking & Self-Guided Tours of Empire Ranch Headquarters

Walking & Self-Guided Tours of Empire Ranch Headquarters

Discover the Empire Ranch through self-guided tours using interpretive information designed for public learning. Explore the historic buildings at Headquarters on your own.  Walking Guide brochures are available for use from the Visitor Contact Station.

This website contains more information about the History of the Ranch, and its Building & Structures.

Free Docent-led Tours of the Empire Ranch Headquarters

Sponsored by the Empire Ranch Foundation, docent-led tours are held at 11am on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. Meet at the Visitor Contact Station. Tours are free, and open to the public.  Reservations are required for tours.  Click here to make a reservation.  For more information about tours, call the Empire Ranch Foundation at 888-364-2829.


Agents of Discovery

Kids can explore Historic Empire Ranch in an exciting new way by using Agents of Discovery, a learning game that can be downloaded for free and played on a mobile device. Agents of Discovery requires no WiFi or data connection while you’re out exploring.

Once downloaded you can walk throughout Empire Ranch Headquarters to unlock location-based challenges and discover more about the history of Empire Ranch.

To get started:

  1. Download the free Agents of Discovery app to your mobile device at the Apple App Store, Google Play or visit www.AgentsofDiscovery.com.
  2. After downloading the app, click on the Missions button and select the ones you want to play.
  3. Preload the missions and head out to the Historic Empire Ranch to start completing your challenges!

Agents of Discovery missions are available for sites in parks, forests, recreation areas, and museums around the country, including other nearby BLM sites: the San Pedro House, Fairbank, and Murray Springs Clovis Site.

Empire Ranch House Virtual Tour

Can’t get to the ranch, or want to prepare for you visit?  View the video below that provides a brief history of the Empire Ranch and takes you on a guided tour of the Empire Ranch House.

Walk the Heritage Discovery Trail!

Enjoy a half-mile interpreted walk under the majestic Cottonwood Grove. See other outlying historic structures, visit the frog research ponds, as you walk through riparian areas of the Empire Gulch. You’ll find the trailhead, adjacent to the public restrooms.