Kolob Canyon RTC

Kolob Canyon, a premier intermediate Residential Treatment Center, provides an intimate homelike environment with warmth and individual attention for troubled teen girls ages 14-17.
We are purposely small with just 12 students.  Personal healing through intensive therapy, adventure and physical health are our primary goals.
Experienced therapists provide individual, family, group, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), EMDR, equine therapy, and adventure therapy are therapeutic modalities utilized at Kolob Canyon.
Typical clinical issues for girls at Kolob Canyon include trauma, depression, anxiety, adoption/attachment, low-level substance abuse, self-harm, emotional dysregulation, and family struggles.

School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other special emphasis association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild Learning Disabilities, ADHD
Year Founded2002

Student Body

Total Students12 students
Student Body TypeAll-girls
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Kolob Canyon RTC Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers4 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio3:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1235
Average ACT score27
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Packing list provided)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$132,000
Tuition NotesMonthly tuition is currently $11,000.00. A one time admission fee of $2450.00 and a quarterly activity fee of $650.00 is charged.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorWendy Penrod
Admissions AssociateAnamarie Rodabough


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Adventure Therapy, Horsemanship

School Notes

  • Kolob Canyon Residential Treatment Center provides services to troubled teenage girls between the ages of 14 through 17 who are experiencing challenges with depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicide ideation, eating disorders, adoption issues, difficulties in school, poor peer and/or family relations,  limit setting, oppositional defiance and low self-worth. Kolob Canyon takes a holistic approach to therapy and growth for adolescent females while teaching social skills and interpersonal development. Kolob Canyon believes that behavior is a function of one's self-perception and that self-worth profoundly affects behavior. Depression, low self-esteem and misbehavior are almost always manifestations of deeper problems.  Kolob uses a busy, but fun schedule of experiences and adventure to help our students find a "Life Worth Living".  Girls and parents participate in regular outdoor adventures that provide connection, skills building, insight and mastery.  We believe that a soft, patient approach where your daughter is cared about and loved, while still being held accountable for her decisions and conduct is the ideal treatment that teen girls struggling with depression, anxiety, attachment issues and oppositional behavior. Our small intimate setting of just 12 girls is the ideal place for a troubled teenage girl who needs a relationship model of care. 
  • The Kolob Canyon clinical program is intentionally highly structured and intensive. It is the result of many years of successfully working with troubled teenage girls through a comprehensive program that mixes traditional and adventure therapy. We believe this blend of therapies decreases the amount of time a girl has to stay in the program while increasing overall success rates.  We are a DBT based program, but we also use different modalities of therapy to meet the individualized needs of our students.  Our therapists are trained and certified in Equine Assisted Therapy, Adventure Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and EMDR.  
  • Academics include a traditional school day with certified teachers and small class sizes. Our year round schedule allows girls to easily make up missing school credits. Individualized academics can help a girl prepare for college or provide the extra support needed to accomdate IEP recommendations.
  • We specialize in individualized treatment for your daughter. Come experience the peace and change at Kolob!

Nearby Private Schools

The nearest high school and elementary school to Kolob Canyon RTC is Moonridge Academy (11.5 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Evoke Therapy Programs (31.0 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Cedar City
    Moonridge Academy
    Moonridge Academy Photo - Outdoor Adventure
    All-girls  | Alternative School
    Grades: 6-9 | 16 students
    11.5 miles
    9400 W. 2400 S.
    Cedar City, UT 84720
    (435) 704-7191
    11.5 6-9
  • Toquerville
    Grades: 6-12 | 88 students
    14.2 miles
    730 Spring Dr
    Toquerville, UT 84774
    (855) 329-8478
    14.2 6-12
  • Toquerville
    Grades: 9-12 | 15 students
    14.3 miles
    652 N Shady Ln
    Toquerville, UT 84774
    (435) 215-0500
    14.3 9-12
  • Cedar City
    Grades: 9-12 | 42 students
    18 miles
    1454 South Campus Drive
    Cedar City, UT 84720
    (435) 867-5555
    18 9-12
  • Virgin
    Falcon Ridge Ranch
    All-girls  | Alternative School
    Grades: 6-12 | 22 students
    18.5 miles
    633 E Highway 9
    Virgin, UT 84779
    (855) 973-0334
    18.5 6-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
Our daughter graduated from Kolob Canyon High School on April 2019. Education, therapy, and nature meet symbiotically at Kolob Canyon and all attribute to Kolob's unique and specialized program which encapsulates what we hope for our children; a nurturing environment to help them find themselves and show them a path to hope and a future worth living. We toured 3 facilities while our daughter was in wilderness therapy. Kolob was the only RTC that truly felt like home. We knew from the start that the hug we received on our initial tour was genuine and was the beginning of our daughter's healthy future. The small size keeps it controlled and individualized from academics to treatment plans. Our family is proud to say that our daughter is a Kolob Condor.... and always will be! Even 9 months after graduation, she still phones the staff to say "hello." We know we will always have a family in Kolob Canyon. We are grateful for the environment they provided so that our daughter found her way back to a place of hope. Thank you Kolob Canyon RTC. You are in our hearts forever.
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My daughter just graduated from Kolob - it is a magical, transformative program. The combination of small, engaging academic classes, equine focus, high caliber therapy, strong community, and weekly adventures combine for a unique and powerful program that can get your daughter back on the right track for wellness, success, and health.
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My daughter graduated from Kolob Canyon and we are VERY satisfied with the school. The small number of students meant that every girl received individual attention. The atmosphere was warm and nurturing. The therapy was fantastic and integrated into everything the girls did. The teachers were super patient and understanding of the girls emotional issues, yet still held my daughter accountable for her academics.
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