Nature certainly has healing powers. Medicine has acknowledged that and put it to good use to heal certain health issues, including those of behavioral and mental origin.

Wilderness Therapy 101

The Story Behind Wilderness Therapy

Wilderness therapy is a type of adventure-based therapy that is intended to address behavioral issues, as well as mental health issues, in at-risk teenagers and young adults. Since 1901, wilderness therapy has demonstrated time and time again that spending time outdoors can have an almost immediate impact on the physical and mental health of psychiatric patients.

By the early 1970s, the school had grown in popularity as an alternative treatment strategy for adolescents with maladaptive behaviors. The success of Outward Bound led to the development of many other wilderness experience programs in the 1970s and 1980s, many of which embraced the Outward Bound model.


Adventure-Based TherapyWilderness therapy provides a supportive environment that is non-critical and secure for self-discovery. This type of therapy promotes endurance and adaptability, and it usually requires its patients to use their primitive skills in wilderness settings. It also mimics that challenges found within a family and other social structures. Throughout the process, not only will patients learn about developing healthy relationships, but they will also learn about boundaries, communication, self-confidence, and trust.

Come Explore Colorado With Us

There are a million things we can learn about nature, and its teachings are not just for teenagers, but for everybody. Enjoy the outdoors – enjoy Colorado! Take advantage of all the benefits nature has to offer while you go whitewater rafting with us or even ATV riding in the Rocky Mountains. Are you ready for the excitement and beautiful scenery that Colorado has to offer? Give us a call and we’ll help you plan your next therapeutic adventure. There’s nothing quite like a beautiful view and fresh mountain air.

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