What’s New

Agents of Discovery Adventurers

Early on a summer morning Cole (13), Natalie (9) and Celine (6) visited the Empire Ranch Headquarters to try out the Agents of Discovery Empire Ranch Mission. As soon as they saw the headquarters map on their mobile devices, they set off in search of the locations illustrated with question marks.

At each stop they read some background information about that location and had the opportunity to answer a few questions. After completing the questions, they received a congratulatory check mark and dashed off to the next

Download the free Agents of Discovery app to your mobile device at the Apple App Store, Google Play or visit www.AgentsofDiscovery.com.

Posted 9-5-2021

Pantry Ceiling Collapse

In June 2021 the ceiling of the Pantry, located between the Bookkeeper’s Room and the Family Kitchen, partially collapsed.  Clean-up will be undertaken under Federal safety and preservation guidelines; for the time being, the Pantry and the Bookkeeper’s Room will remain closed.

Posted 9/4/2021

Empire Ranch Purchase by Gulf American Corporation

Learn about Gulf American Corporation’s plans for a large housing development on the Empire Ranch land which GAC purchased in 1969 from the Boice family.

Click here to read the full story in the September 2021 ERF newsletter.

Posted 9/4/2021

2021 Cowboy Festival

Plan to join us on November 6-7, 2021 for the 20th Empire Ranch Cowboy Festival.  It’s a family event featuring Western music & entertainment; history & culture demonstrations; ranch life exhibits; kids activities; skilled artisans & speakers.  A $20 parking donation per vehicle is requested.

Click here to see the preliminary program information.

Posted 8/20/2021

Face Masks Required

The Empire Ranch Foundation has received notification from the Bureau of Land Management that face masks must now be worn inside the Empire Ranch House. To quote from the guidance provided by BLM Arizona: ” All federal employees, onsite contractors, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask inside federal buildings. Federal employees, onsite contractors, and visitors who are not fully vaccinated also must physically distance consistent with CDC guidance.”

Signs reminding visitors of this regulation will be posted at various entrances to the building.

Volunteer Days

Dedicated volunteers have been key to preserving the historic Empire Ranch House and Headquarters.  Please join us on Saturday, September 11, 2021. 

To volunteer, please submit a Volunteer Opportunities Form, and we will contact you with more details!

Post updated 8/15/2021

Online Gift Shop

You can now shop online for ERF Gift Shop items. Your purchase helps preserve and protect the Empire Ranch!

Items for sale include Empire Ranch Foundation denim shirts, t-shirts and books, souvenir coffee cups, Western jewelry and an ever changing offering of gifts for youngsters and seniors – and everyone else in between!

Click here to start shopping.

Posted 7/11/2021

National Day of the Cowboy

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.

Click here to view photos of the 2021 celebration


Update 7/25/2021

Docent Tours Resume

The Empire Ranch Foundation docent tours, held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month, at 11 am, will resume on Saturday, August 14th.   August tours require a reservation by 5 pm the day prior to the tour. Tour participants are required to wear a face mask when inside the Empire Ranch House.

Click here to make a reservation.

Posted 7/2/2021

Agents of Discovery

You can now explore Historic Empire Ranch in an exciting new way. It’s called Agents of Discovery, the not-so-secret,
secret agency dedicated to learning and playing outdoors.

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!

Posted 7/1/2021