A Unique, Therapeutic, Home-like Environment
Our large, private expansive campus is actually two locations– a former estate serves as our residential and academic campus; and a large working ranch nearby is where we have our renowned equine and horsemanship program. Together, our campuses are more than 200 acres.
Ashcreek Ranch Academy is an environment where a student can feel comfortable to address his challenges while avoiding the “institutional” feel of a typical therapeutic program.
The home includes a large kitchen, home theater, weight room, and common areas for socializing and enjoying one another’s company. This setting creates a nurturing and safe environment where our young men can work on developing healthy relationships with self and others.
With all of the work, play, academics, and therapeutic activities, sometimes it’s just time to relax. The theater room is a place where the boys get together to watch their favorite movies and sports events.
From Star Wars, Avengers, and The Lord of the Rings – the boys enjoy watching epic movies on the big screen and booming surround sound.
Located adjacent to the kitchen, the common area is the place you’ll find the boys hanging out after their work is done and the evening gets underway.
Just like in a typical family home, the kitchen and common areas are the places everyone gathers while dinner is prepared and discussions of they days events are full of laughs, jokes, and fun.
The common areas have comfortable sofas, quiet nooks, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains, water, and skies.
The boys bedrooms are located on the main and upper levels of the home. Each room has bunks for up to four boys – each with their own personal storage areas, drawers, and a shared private bathroom.
The size and layout provides a safe, nurturing environment centered around the daily activities you would find at home.
The boys are assigned rooms based on their age, interests, and other factors determined by their individual therapist – this helps us ensure the boys enjoy each other’s company and get along well as they spend time together.
Since our home is a former estate sized residence, the rooms are spacious and roomy, while being right off the main living areas and common areas of the home – even while spending time in their rooms, everyone is still close to all of the daily activity and always feeling a part of the Ashcreek Ranch family.
Just outside the patio doors of the home, it’s just a short walk to the outdoor skate park. This is a favorite activity for the boys – many who are already accomplished skaters, and even for boys who are new to skating altogether.
No matter their ability, there is always someone who can teach newcomers the basics of the sport and everyone loves to watch the newly mastered skills as the boys have fun winding down in the evening or when we get serious and have a legit competition between the boys. No matter who, or when, it is always an activity the boys look forward to participating or watching.
Of course, safety is always the number one priority – so helmets and supervision are always required no matter the skill level of the skater.
As with all of the activities at Ashcreek Ranch Academy, we use each as an experiential learning opportunity. As the boys learn to do new and hard things, fail and succeed, interact with others and overcome difficulties alone or as a group – each experience is an opportunity for therapists to help each boy relate it to their life, their family relationships, and the real world. Often the boys receive therapy and life lessons without even knowing it.
We enjoy very little rain and seldom see a cloudy day. Our location provides us with mild winters along with cool mornings and evenings. We have a campus of over 200 acres, which includes our residential and ranch facilities.
With access to National Parks, world-class mountain biking trail (Gooseberry, Little Creek and Guacamole Trails all close by) and diverse terrain from sand dunes to high mountains, we have ample opportunity to play outdoors.
Our expansive campus and access to local outdoor activities also gives our students a chance to relax, have fun, and practice renewed values and relationship skills in different settings.
Come enjoy Ashcreek’s great weather, beautiful ranch, and welcoming home environment.
Call us today at (844) 211-1354 to learn more about the ranch or to set up a tour. We hope to see you soon.
Ranching and horsemanship are vital aspects to the values we teach our young men, the principles they learn, the hard work they do, and the success they have.
We are fortunate to have a separate location for the ranch and horses which provides a welcomed physical separation between the ranching work we do and the academic and residential life back at the house.
The ranch offers about 75 acres which includes pastures, horse stalls, and covered stables. Also included are a competition size roping arena and a covered riding arena. There are approximately 100 horses including newborn colts, yearlings and riding horses which have been trained by the boys. We spend 20 – 25 hours there every week working hard. The boys learn that the work does not get done unless they do it. They learn the health of each horse is dependent on them doing their job.
This teaches them that it is not just “all about me”, but that others are depending on them to do their part. Irregardless of the weather conditions; rain, snow, heat, wind, the work has to be done. Horses have to be fed, watered and cared for. Through this process the boys develop a sense of responsibility and learn more about themselves and that they can do hard things.
“Each student will learn responsibility, dependability and teamwork which will benefit the young man individually and improve their relationships within the family.”