Premiere Wilderness Therapy Program for Teens | RedCliff Ascent

Supporting Families and Teens Since 1993

We Help Teens With Mental, Emotional, & Behavioral Struggles Learn The Skills They Needed To Heal, Thrive, And Reunite With Their Families.

The Leading Wilderness Therapy Program for Teen Boys And Girls Age 13-17 Located in Utah

The Leading Wilderness Therapy Program
for Teens Needing Mental Health Treatment

As the leader in wilderness therapy, RedCliff Ascent is an effective treatment program that offers a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment, for struggling teens ages 13-17. Located in Utah.

When teens have mental health struggles at home, in school, or in their social life, wilderness therapy provides a novel and challenging environment that disrupts the unhealthy patterns affecting their lives. RedCliff Ascent provides teens with the skills they need to cope in a healthy and age-appropriate way. Established in 1993, we lead the way in helping families and teens needing mental health treatment when other options have not worked.

For 30 years, RedCliff Ascent has been at the forefront of wilderness therapy. We were one of the first programs to pursue research and were among the first wilderness therapy programs to receive backing from the Joint Commission (an organization that ensures health providers have the highest quality of clinical and medical practices).

Being out doors on bikes out in the wilderness

How Does Wilderness Therapy Work?

Nature has a powerful ability to heal. That is why people have always gone to the outdoors to improve their bodies and minds. RedCliff Ascent’s licensed clinicians combine therapeutic best practices with that healing environment.

Thousands of teen graduates and their families have experienced the effects.

RedCliff Ascent's well-trained treatment team focuses on building strong healing relationships with teens. They model caring, adult behavior while teaching teens how to thrive in nature and in their relationships with others.

Teens are able to unplug. They have the opportunity to discover who they are without the influence of social media. Many teens who come to RedCliff Ascent only know how to find pleasure on the Internet or playing video games. They leave physically and mentally healthier with new hobbies and interests.

RedCliff Ascent provides solutions to the challenges you face at home. When other forms of treatment fail, Wilderness Therapy is effective.

RedCliff Ascent was found to be nearly 3 times more effective than traditional community-based treatments for adolescents.


Upon completion of the program, 87% of parents reported

improvement in their child's problems

when compared to when they entered


86% of parents reported that their

child's problems are improved 12 months after treatment


Accredited by The Joint Commission

Families trust us with what is most precious to them: their daughters and sons. We work hard to show we are worthy of that trust. That is why we earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™. The Joint Commission accreditation is a known indicator of quality and reliability. The Joint Commission certification shows your family that we provide services you can trust.

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Conditions that wilderness therapy has had success in treating:

  • Adoption Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Compulsive Disorder
  • Depression
  • Emotional Disorders
  • Failure to Launch
  • Family Issues
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD )
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD )
  • School Refusal
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Trauma
  • and much more

Teens are more than the problems they face. They are more than their diagnosis. We look beyond labels and help teens to do the same. We will help your teen to discover the person they are inside. Then, we help bring your family back together.


How Can You Help My Teen?

RedCliff Ascent uses evidence-based practices to help teens needing mental health treatment.

We take teens away from familiar surroundings that trigger negative behaviors. Teens engage in challenging therapeutic experiences in nature that disrupt negative behavior patterns. They have the chance to discover who they are. Not who they are on social media. Who they are inside. Our caring, well-trained staff support them during this process. Licensed therapists work with teens and their parents to strengthen family bonds.

RedCliff Ascent is an Evidence-Based Program

RedCliff Ascent is a world leader in wilderness therapy for teens needing mental health treatment. We are committed to the highest quality of service. We constantly strive to improve the program through accreditation, assessment, and research.

RedCliff Ascent began to research in 1993. As a result, we are the leader in wilderness therapy and research. In fact, the majority of the research data available on wilderness therapy comes from RedCliff Ascent.

We are a founding member program of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (OBH) Council and the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Cooperative (OBHRC). These organizations set the standards for best practices and research in wilderness therapy.


Does My Teen Need Treatment?

Parents often get contradictory information about how to help their teens. At RedCliff Ascent, we base our actions on evidence-based practices developed over 30 years. We begin by gathering information. Then we help you find the help your family needs.

Every teen is different. They have different strengths and challenges. Before we can help your family, we need to understand the challenges you face. Our free assessment is called the Youth Outcome Questionnaire (Y-OQ), which helps us understand your family's needs.

Completing the assessment is free and confidential. It does not represent any obligation so feel free to take the assessment and see if wilderness therapy is right for your family.

We respect your privacy. We will never share your information.

Parent Testimonial

Nine months ago we were faced with a once loving son whom we hardly recognized. We were in a crisis of drug use and dangerous behavior that was beyond our grasp to fix. ...It was the best “leap of faith” we ever made. Two months later a changed young man greeted us.

Student Testimonial

I just wanted to say thank you for the most rewarding and life altering experiences of my life. I am now going to college in Oregon and I am studying Criminology and Criminal Justice. And I would not be where I am today if it were not for this program, so thank you.

We're Proud to Achieve the Highest Standards of Accreditations and Professional Memberships

The Joint Commission Seal of Approval. RedCliff Ascent is one of only a few wilderness therapy programs for teens that is accredited by the Joint Commission

Backed by The Joint Commission which ensures programs adhere to the highest quality of clinical and medical practices.

The NATSAP Seal identifying RedCliff as certified research-designated program. RedCliff Ascent is one of the only wilderness therapy programs for teens that is accredited by the National Association of Therapeutic Programs and Schools (NATSAP) as a research-designated program.

Designated as a NATSAP Research Program, showing our commitment to well-researched practices in our program.


We are also OBH Accredited through the Association of Experiential Education (AEE) which regulates wilderness therapy practices.


Full member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), which ensure regulation of programs that serve children and adolescents.


RedCliff Ascent is fully licensed in the state of Utah.


Backed by the Association of Experiential Education (AEE) that ensures programs maintain appropriate professional behavior and risk management.


This program is proud to be Cognia Accredited.


Founding member of Choose Mental Health, guiding families with questions about mental health.