At Boulder Crest, we consider every member of a combat veteran's family to be a hero. Each member of these families makes considerable sacrifices in support of our nation's military and the freedoms that we all cherish. To that end, we focus our programs on the entire family, in recognition of the stresses and challenges caused by lengthy deployments and the visible and invisible wounds of war.
Combat veterans and their families are able to stay, for free, for 2-7 nights. Each family is eligible for one stay every other calendar year. Reservations open four months in advance for booking, and are released on the final working day of each month. To make a reservation today, click the links in the header.
Boulder Crest Arizona opened in May 2017. The Retreat's 130 idyllic and historic acres were the original homestead of Thomas Gardner, an entrepreneur who battled the Apache Indians, to include Geronimo and Cochise. In 1861, Gardner was shot by Cochise, a renowned Warrior, and lived with a bullet lodged in his chest for 10 years, before having it removed by an Army surgeon. Gardner and his wife had 12 children of which only five lived till adulthood. Like Virginia, the land is a true Warrior's paradise, and the stories of those who roamed both properties is a potent reminder that Warriors have long used times of struggle to create deep strength and growth.
Boulder Crest Arizona is open to combat veterans (defined as anyone who deployed to a war zone) from any generation and conflict and first responders, and is proud to welcome active-duty, reserve and National Guard personnel, veterans and family members, to include Gold Star families.
Boulder Crest Virginia opened its doors on September 6, 2013, as the nation's first private wellness center in the country serving active-duty, reserve and National Guard personnel, veterans, and their family members. Today, Boulder Crest Virginia hosts combat veterans, first responders, and their families and delivers world-class Posttraumatic Growth-based programs. Boulder Crest was the vision of Ken and Julia Falke. Ken is a 21-year combat Service-Disabled Veteran and retired Navy EOD Master Chief. While visiting many of the wounded EOD warriors and their families since the start of the wars in the Middle East, the Falkes witnessed firsthand the desolation and frustration they experienced while spending time in inpatient and long-term care outpatient units in the Washington, D.C. area.
Ken and Julia began their warrior care work by bringing wounded EOD warriors and their families for meals and short stays at their home. This support of their fellow warriors inspired the Falkes to make a lasting and sustained commitment with the building of Boulder Crest Retreat – which included the donation of 37 acres of their property as well as a substantial initial contribution to establish Boulder Crest Retreat Foundation. The Retreat was incorporated in July 2010 and received is 501(c)(3) certification in February 2011.
Who can stay at Arizona and Virginia?
Boulder Crest Arizona and Virginia are rural sanctuaries where combat veterans, first responders, and their families, can enjoy recreational and therapeutic activities aimed at assisting with their physical, mental, financial and spiritual wellness.
Is there a fee to stay at Boulder Crest Arizona or Virginia?
No, there are no costs associated with your stay at Boulder Crest Virginia or Arizona. However, if you choose to take part in any off-site recreational activities, you may be subject to regular fees through those providers.
When is check-in and check-out?
In Virginia, check in is between 4PM and 5PM. Check out is at 11AM.
In Arizona, check in is in between 2-4pm. Check out is at 10am.
If you are unable to arrive between the window, please contact the office to make special arrangements.
How long can I stay?
Guests may book a stay anywhere between 2-7 nights.
Are the locations pet friendly?
Only Certified Service dogs (no ESA) with shot records are allowed to join you for your stay.
I want to come back! How often can I book a stay?
In order to serve as many families as possible, in Virginia, there is a limit of one Family Rest & Reconnection stay every 2 years, i.e. if you stayed in 2019, then you can book in 2021. PATHH programs do not count towards a family's annual R&R stay. For Arizona, families can stay once per calendar year.
What do I bring?
We have plenty of outdoor activities, so depending on the time of year, you may want to consider bringing hiking shoes, rain boots, bug spray, sunscreen, etc. Please check Bluemont or Sonoita weather for your dates to get a better idea of what to pack. Keep in mind that Arizona is located at 5000' in elevation and is considered the high desert.
Do I need to bring my own bedding and towels?
No. Fresh linens and towels are provided.
What do the cabins include?
In Virginia, each cabin is fully equipped to include electricity, running water, wi-fi, and DirectTV.
Will food be provided?
You are responsible for providing your own food during your stay. In Virginia, each cabin has a beautifully-equipped kitchen inclusive of cooking utensils and condiments. In Arizona, each house has a beautifully-equipped kitchen inclusive of cooking utensils, pots, pans, crockpot, coffee maker, etc.
How do I get there?
Guests are responsible for their own transportation.
Our Arizona address is: 415 Gardner Canyon Rd, Sonoita, AZ 85637
Please ensure that you review the email attachment you receive from our Arizona Team. Gardner Canyon Road is a 5-mile dirt road that is rocky and uneven, and there is no cell phone service on the road.
Our Virginia address is: 18370 Bluemont Village Lane, Bluemont, VA 20135. Bluemont Village Lane is just off Snickersville Turnpike, located directly to the right of Epling Landscaping. For most car GPS systems, use 33735 Snickersville Turnpike, Bluemont, VA 20135.
How many people does each cabin or house sleep?
Arizona: The property sleeps a total of 28 guests in various configurations. Each house contains a pack-n-play and cot.
Virginia: Each cabin sleeps 6 comfortably. The master bedroom has a king size bed, the secondary bedroom has a queen bed, and the third bedroom has bunk beds. Each cabin also has a pack'n'play in the master suite closet.
Booking and confirming a stay at Boulder Crest Arizona or Boulder Crest Virginia consists of 4 easy steps:
1. Submit your reservation request using the buttons in the header.
2. After submitting your reservation request, check your email for a Request Confirmation which has the links to our Online Application and our Pre-Stay Survey. Fill out and submit both,
3. Email all necessary supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. Supporting documents include a current military ID (if retired, or discharged, a DD214), and a narrative outlining your combat service, and telling us about yourself, your family, and what you hope to get out of your stay here. If you are planning on bringing a service dog, you will also need to supply a copy of the animal's shot records.
4. Wait for final confirmation! Note: a reservation request is NOT a complete reservation. Making a reservation request online will hold a cabin for 5 days, during which time you will need to fill out and submit the application, survey, identification, and narrative. Once all 4 items have been received by us, the reservation is processed, and completed. Incomplete reservations are cancelled after 5 days.
What on-site activities are offered at the locations?
Arizona: Boulder Crest Arizona is home to a nature trail, stocked fishing pond, archery range, horse paddock, labyrinth, meditation tent, and children’s playground - more information about these activities is available here. In addition, there may be scheduled therapies and activities taking place in the Lodge, depending on your dates of stay. These activities are all free of charge and fully ADA accessible. If guests are interested in other activities, please contact the office BEFORE the date of your arrival to schedule a date and time for your chosen activities. Please note that outdoor activities are subject to weather and instructor availability.
Virginia: Boulder Crest Virginia is home to a nature trail, stocked fishing pond, archery range, horse paddock, labyrinth, meditation tent, and children’s playground - more information about these activities is available here. In addition, there may be scheduled therapies and activities taking place in the Lodge, depending on your dates of stay. These activities are all free of charge and fully ADA accessible. If guests are interested in other activities, please contact the office BEFORE the date of your arrival to schedule a date and time for your chosen activities. Please note that outdoor activities are subject to weather and instructor availability.
Please keep in mind:
No weapons are allowed.
We do not provide daily housekeeping services or linen change during your stay. In order to ensure the beauty of the cabins and site, we ask that you leave the place just as you found it. Thank you for doing your part to help preserve the condition of our facility and grounds for future guests.