At RedCliff Ascent, We Believe There Is a Better Way to Help Teens.

We're obsessively passionate about supporting teens. We focus on disrupting unhealthy systems, improving clinical clarity, and re-engaging healthy adolescent development.

We are committed to the highest quality of service. We constantly strive to improve the program through accreditation, assessment, and research. In fact, the majority of the research data available on wilderness therapy comes from RedCliff Ascent.


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

Experiential Treatment
Experiential Treatment
Evidence Based Treatment Program
Evidence Based Treatment Program
Founded In 1993
Founded In 1993
Industry Leading Professionals
Industry Leading Professionals
Top Safety Standards
Top Safety Standards
Integrated Care Approach
Integrated Care Approach
Family Threapy
Family Threapy

Is wilderness therapy right for your teen?

With the Wilderness as Our Catalyst, We Reveal Potential, Inspire Hope, and Heal Families. We Believe It. We Live It.

Our founders believed in this mission statement. They worked with youth in traditional care and sought to apply experiential therapy to provide more insightful change. We still believe in our original mission statement - it's as steadfast today as it was when we were founded in 1993.

After being awarded a contract through the State of Utah to provide an "innovative" treatment option for struggling teens, RedCliff Ascent was born. As one of the first wilderness therapy programs, RedCliff Ascent helped establish best practices for wilderness therapy and helped set the laws and regulations for the industry.

Since our inception, we are driven by our goal to provide the highest level of care and treatment for teens dealing with various mental health and behavioral problems.

Call today to discuss how our unique wilderness therapy program can provide healing for your teen’s unique needs. 801-921-8488

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The Journey to Healing Begins With a Different Kind of Program.

See What Sets Us Apart at RedCliff Ascent.

RedCliff Ascent is committed to the highest quality of care and service for students and families by ensuring everything we do is rooted in research and has been proven to be the most effective strategy for adolescents to heal and grow.

Our research has not only benefited many students and families but has become the model which other programs have used at a national level. The majority of the research data available on wilderness therapy comes from RedCliff Ascent.

RedCliff Ascent is a program that continues to improve and develop individualized treatment plans for each teen. Every teen is different, making it even more vital that they receive specific therapy approaches that will give them the best opportunity for healing and growth.

Experiential Therapy is a hands-on form of learning that starts with a real-life scenario. Teens are able to reflect on the experience and apply the problem-solving lessons more broadly to their lives. Wilderness therapy is a type of experiential therapy. Teens are able to participate in outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, biking, orienteering, wildlife viewing, basic survival skills, and backpacking. With other participants in a similar mindset or situation. This helps the youth learn problem-solving skills, communication, individual responsibility, and the ability to trust others. It goes beyond traditional talk therapy and provides real-time scenarios that serve as building blocks for their future.

Our therapists are certified PHD or Masters specializing in the care and treatment of struggling teens. RedCliff Ascent’s highly trained therapists oversee and individualize the clinical services we provide. Our therapists work with students to help them achieve their therapeutic and personal growth goals.

With our licensed therapists and field guides working together, we can establish personalized treatment plans for each teen that comes to us.

Meet Our Team

RedCliff Ascent field guides are certified Professional Experiential Facilitators. Each field guide is trained in facilitating outdoor recreation activities in a safe, professional, and effective manner. Our outdoor recreation activities include hiking, camping, biking, orienteering, wildlife viewing, basic survival skills, and backpacking. Our expert field guide uses outdoor activities to support teenagers to have positive, life-changing experiences and achieve their therapeutic goals.

In 1997, RedCliff Ascent and a few other innovative programs came together to discuss ways to increase safety in the wilderness environment. From there, the OBH was developed to proactively research any possible risks that could arise from wilderness treatment.

RedCliff Ascent also wants to create a safe environment for teens, which is why we created a committee solely for this purpose in 1999. Our precautionary committee ensures that reviews of incidents are conducted and reviewed so we can mitigate risks. We also proactively and consistently research wilderness therapy and any associated risks.

Family therapy at RedCliff Ascent is different from other wilderness treatment programs. Young adults and their family members take part in a unique treatment called Wilderness Narrative Family Therapy.

I’d like to let you know how delighted I am with the RedCliff program and how impressive the hard work and dedication of the staff is…We feel that your program has very probably saved this child’s life and given us back our son…

Kathy - Parent

We have nothing but respect and appreciation for your program

James and Elizabeth

… RedCliff was a real turning point for John. If we had sent John to a more traditional treatment program, we would not have had these results…


… Even though sending her to RedCliff was a gut-wrenching decision, we know we did the right thing. We are thankful for the help and insight you gave to her and us…

Clark and Irene

You have an awesome program! We’re so grateful for the difference it has made in Alec’s life.


I’m writing because I didn’t know any other way to say thank you! I was a student at RCA…


I just wanted to thank RedCliff Ascent from the bottom of my heart for all that you have done for me. Who knows where my life would have taken me without the guidance and support...


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.

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