Established in 2003, Falcon Ridge Ranch helps girls between the ages of 11 and 19 who suffer from mental, behavioral, emotional and substance abuse issues. Located in scenic Virgin, Utah, near Zion National Park, the ranch offers a majestic atmosphere filled with beautiful sunsets and a barn full of horses. Through the use of equine therapy, CBT, 12-step programs, recreation and a strong family component, girls are able to gain stability and direction in a home-like environment.
Accommodations and Food
At the 18-acre Falcon Ridge Ranch, cottonwood trees, towering red sandstone cliffs and spectacular skies are part of the everyday experience. During their 12-month stay, girls occupy a warm, 12-bedroom ranch house. Each room is shared between two girls and includes two twin-sized beds and wooden furniture. The rest of the house follows an equestrian theme, with a modern kitchen, dining room and several bathrooms. The downstairs common room is a favorite hangout spot during free time, offering cozy couches, games and a television.
A courtyard, surrounded by trees and a duck-filled pond, can be found just outside the ranch entrance. This area features a covered patio and fire pit that can be used at night for stargazing and roasting marshmallows. When the weather permits, group therapy sessions are also held in this space. Just beyond the courtyard is the building that houses the classrooms, offices, a library and the multi-purpose room for yoga, dance, dodgeball, art, presentations and other recreational events.
The arena and equine areas of the facility accommodate up to 40 horses at a time. Girls are able to feed and interact with the animals on a daily basis. The grounds also feature a garden filled with corn, carrots, peas and cabbage and fruit trees that produce apples, peaches and apricots.
The cooks at the ranch prepare nutritious meals on-site, taking time to craft tasty dishes full of love. If special diets are needed for health or religious reasons, they will come up with alternative dishes. All meals are eaten together at the dining room table.
Treatment and Staff
With a staff consisting of nurses, teachers, cooks, therapists and equine directors, the girls heal in the hands of trained professionals. Everyone works together to make sure that therapy is integrated into each part of the girl’s stay. Weekly individual sessions in addition to 10 small group sessions per week make up a portion of the schedule. Group topics include substance abuse, problem-solving, positive peer culture and emotional management.
In addition to the mental and behavioral health components, the ranch is well versed in helping those who suffer from substance abuse and addiction. Treatment is provided through group therapy, AA/NA meetings and co-dependence groups. While this program does not offer detox, recommendations for outside facilities can be given.
Family therapy is another important part of treatment. Weekly teleconferences, parent support groups, parent-teacher conferences and workshops allow parents to play a continual role in their child’s recovery. During family weekends, family members are invited to the ranch for individual therapy. When a client is ready to leave the ranch, a graduation ceremony is held and all family members are invited.
Academic plans are individually tailored to suit the client’s learning needs. With classes that run five days a week, a 12-to-one student teacher ratio and credits that can be transferred, the girls are able to develop a strong academic foundation.
For parents looking for a 12-month program to fully rehabilitate their daughters, Falcon Ridge Ranch offers a great alternative to traditional schooling and recovery. Through the use of equine therapy, home-cooked meals, the 12 steps and intensive counseling, girls can heal in a loving environment.
Falcon Ridge Ranch
633 E Highway 9
Virgin, UT 84779
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