Location of Journey Wilderness Program
In the summer time our wilderness program is located adjacent to our historic lodge and cabin retreat in the pristine alpine forest at Spirit Lake. The lodge was established in 1936 during the golden era of camping. It is at 10,200 feet in the Uinta Mountains of Northern Utah. This type of location is unique among troubled teen wilderness programs.
During the Winter and Spring students will be in the west desert of Utah where it is warmer and drier and safer environment.
We believe the location is a significant contributing force to facilitate change. Spirit Lake and the high mountains in the summer and fall, and the wide expanse of the west desert of Utah in the winter and spring are not just a backdrop but an active ingredient for our students to explore, discover, and become. Providing students with continually changing displays of mother nature’s most dramatic environmental landscape, adaptation and learning are constant and meaningful. Our summer range in the mountains was specifically chosen because it provides our staff with the ability to manage risk at a relatively high level. In our experience, wilderness therapy programs can be subject to heat and hydration-related issues. Therefore we chose an alpine setting because it has cool average temperatures in the summer and abundant water available to minimize such inherent risks.
The Journey Wilderness operates in different areas depending on the seasons. Students may also have experiences in other settings, such as Utah’s West Desert, the San Rafael Swell, and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
Admissions/Enrollment: (801) 369-5694
Fax: 1 (801) 841-9363
Main Address: P.O. Box 50178, Provo UT 84606
Spirit Lake Location: 001 Forest Service Road, Uinta Mountains, UT
Spirit Lake Ranch: Mona, UT
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