The AVR Ranch Program - A Wealth of Nature to Aid Recovery

Mother nature to the rescue.  

  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Winter events
  • To name but only a few of the wealth of activities to help our veterans recover

The Aspen Veteran Recovery Ranch   

  • On site animal rescue shelter
  • Service dog training by veterans
  • A therapy dog for each vet
  • Employment counseling and placement
  • Operated by veterans for veterans

The ranch will provide an environment designed to heal; inside and out.  An environment that aids in the veteran's recovery to bring about a better quality of life and livingness. The program includes:

  • Trauma Reduction
  • Drug Rehabilitation  
  • Fitness Programs
  • Purification
  • Spiritual
  • ​Healthcare​ 

A three-prong attack is required to help our veterans recover from the wounds of war. That attack addresses their needs not only from a physical perspective but must include the mind and spirit. Their lives depend upon all three for a successful re-entry into life. Designing for Veterans' newest project is a ranch in Aspen, Colorado dedicated to providing a facility that will assist in the healing of our vets through the mind, body and spirit. The three components that Aspen represents; originally established in 1945 by its founders Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke. Currently in its first stages of design, planning and development once built it will not only be a comfort home for veterans but also a new Designing for Veterans Research Center.

The Board is currently researching properties and the photo at the left provides an inspiration for the design direction the ranch is headed.  In alignment with the capacity of nature to heal the facility will be located in the heart of the Colorado mountains with plenty of trees, rivers and wild life.   See below for more about the program.

Healing the mind, body and spirit.

The AVR Ranch Program - Healing PTSD 

Designed to heal inside and out.  

Our Board of Directors 

The environment itself lends in aiding in the recovery of our wounded heroes. The Aspen Veteran Recovery Ranch will provide a wealth of nature inspired activities as part of their program. 


  • Hiking
  • Bicycling
  • Rock climbing
  • ​Rafting
  • Horseback riding
  • Fishing
  • Rodeos