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El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch is a substance abuse treatment center for adolescents in El Pueblo, Colorado. With over 30 years of service, residential and outpatient programs are co-ed and intended for youth between the ages of 10 and 21, with special services for pregnant women. While El Pueblo does not incorporate the 12 steps, each client is assigned a primary counselor who determines whether AA/NA meetings should be attended outside of the program. Additionally, intervention services are available.

Accommodations and Food

El Pueblo has two campuses—one in El Pueblo and the other in Colorado Springs. The main El Pueblo campus is situated on more than 57 sprawling acres with cottages spread across the grounds. Clients are accommodated in cottages divided by gender and age.

Clients live dorm-style, each resident assigned to a bunk in shared bed rooms. Three meals are provided for the clients each day, with lunch served in a cafeteria, while breakfast and dinner are served in the cottages.

The El Pueblo campus also features an Artistic Recreational Creative Humanities center (ARCH) which houses a convenience store, a multimedia library, a learning lab with 22 computer stations, a movie theater, lecture hall and an artist-in-residence program.

Treatment and Staff

The residential track lasts 15 weeks. While staying at El Pueblo, clients must attend school at El Pueblo Academy Monday through Friday. Outside of school hours, substance abuse treatment includes work with a therapist in daily group and individual therapy sessions.

Following residential care, clients continue to stay involved with El Pueblo with outpatient therapy. Clients switch to a new therapist who is in charge of individual, family and group therapy sessions as well as case management, psychiatric services, medication management and drug and alcohol education with involvement determined by each individual client’s need.

El Pueblo also has multiple short-term treatment tracks including crisis-intervention, a five- to seven-day intensive track and a High Impact Intervention program that focuses on stabilization and structure.

Clinical services are administered by three part-time psychiatrists who hold credentials as PsyD’s. LPCs, CAC III’s, LADCs and Master’s-level CSWs. Some of El Pueblo’s therapists have training in DBT and EMDR.


El Pueblo offers some additional non-substance abuse services. Short-term mental and behavioral health services are available for youth with behavioral, cognitive and other mental health issues as are neuro-developmental services and services for developmentally disabled youth. All three programs are for those between the ages of 10 and 21 and last 7 to 21 days. The neuro-developmental program has two gender-specific tracks while the other two are co-ed.

Additionally, El Pueblo also offers Wise Up: Minors in Possession, a co-ed program for at-risk youth between the ages of 10 and 21.

In Summary

With a long history of proven success, El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch has been providing young people with substance abuse and behavioral health care since the mid ‘80s. As one of the few facilities in the US that offers services exclusively to adolescents, clients enroll in a standard long-term, affordable residential track that supports academic as well as mental, physical and emotional progress. With a range of short and long-term options as well as outpatient options, young people are sure to find the right program for their needs. For those with children seeking help with battling substance abuse, El Pueblo Ranch is a comprehensive program that supports long-term sober success.

El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch Location

1 El Pueblo Ranch Way
Pueblo, CO 81006

El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch Cost

$5,580 (30 days, residential); $67 (individual session). Reach El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch by phone at (719) 544-7496 or by email at info@elpueblokids.net. Find El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch on Facebook and Google+

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