Empire Ranch, Sonoita, Arizona

Yesterday Mary and I drove the motorhome  from Lake Patagonia about 40 miles to the Empire Ranch near Sonoita, Arizona. The ranch house was once headquarters for a cattle ranch that was more that 1,000,000 acres. It’s really out in the toolies about 50 miles southeast of Tucson, Arizona and on the high desert grasslands at about elevation 4, 500 feet.

Here’s a Google Earth image…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about the ranch…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empire_Ranch

Here’s another really good link about the history of the ranch…
http://www.empireranchfoundation.org/RanchInfo.htm

Today the ranch is about 45,000 acres and under the protection of the Bureau of Land Management. Here’s their link…
http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/blm_special_areas/ncarea/lascienegas.html

Many Western movies have been filmed on the Empire Ranch. Click this link to see the list…
http://www.empireranchfoundation.org/PDFdocs/WesternsFilmedAroundEmpireRanch.pdf

Here are some photos that I took…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view...

To see the other 40 photos that I took, click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/EmpireRanchSonoitaArizona

After the about 1.5 hour visit to the ranch, we drove about another 35 miles to Sierra Vista, Arizona where we are parked at VFW Post 9972.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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