Supporting Families and Teens For More Than 25 Years

We Have Helped Struggling Teens To Learn The Skills They Needed To Heal, Thrive, And Reunite With Their Families.

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


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.

Wilderness Therapy Program for Troubled Teens

Our wilderness therapy treatment program can help you get the help you need. RedCliff Ascent helps troubled teens ages 13–17.

Some teens fail to manage their home, school, and social life in an age-appropriate way. When community and at-home treatment options fail, RedCliff Ascent can help.

Founded in 1993, RedCliff Ascent has helped thousands of families. Our campus covers an area of approximately 1,000 square miles.

We are a more effective approach to boot camp and scared straight programs. We are a Wilderness Therapy Program. We lead the way in helping families and troubled/struggling teens when other options have not worked.

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How Does Wilderness Therapy Work?

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

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 a healing environment.

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 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.

What Does RedCliff Ascent Treat?

RedCliff Ascent specializes in helping teens with:

  • 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

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.

wilderness therapy session out in nature
A family hug after success at RedCliff Ascent Wilderness Therapy Program

How Can You Help My Teen?

RedCliff Ascent uses evidence-based practices to help troubled teens.

We take teens away from familiar surroundings that trigger negative behaviors. Teens engage in challenging therapeutic experiences in nature that disrupt the 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 for wilderness therapy for troubled teens. We are committed to the highest quality of service. We constantly strive to improve the program through accreditation, assessment, and research.

RedCliff Ascent began research over 25+ years ago. 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.

a family hug after success at RedCliff Ascent Wilderness Therapy Program

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. 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 patented, free assessment is called the Youth Outcome Questionnaire (Y-OQ), which will help us understand your family's needs.

Completing the assessment is free. It does not represent any obligation.

We respect your privacy. We will not 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.


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