Discovery Ranch

Rating: 3.4   (5)

Years in business

  • 10+ Years

Treatment approach

  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Family Based Treatment

Treatment Options

  • Long-term residential
  • Short-term residential
  • Therapeutic Boarding School


  • Depression
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Equine Therapy
  • Teens & Adolescent Residential


  • Adolescents


  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Drug Abuse
  • Drug Addiction
  • Intervention center
  • Medical Detox
  • Substance Abuse

Areas of Specialization

  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Payment Options

  • American Express
  • Cash or self-payment
  • Check
  • Mastercard
  • Visa

Accepted Insurances

  • Most Insurances


Located in Mapleton, Utah, Discovery Ranch offers a variety of addiction treatment options including Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) and accepts the following accepted insurances: Most Insurances. Drug and alcohol addiction is a very serious matter and the concept of addiction should never be taken lightly. At Discovery Ranch, their main goal is to treat those that struggle with chronic substance abuse through innovative treatment methods and high-quality care.

Promising a unique approach to addiction treatment through drug and alcohol abuse programs in Mapleton, Utah, Discovery Ranch places a strong emphasis on certain suggested treatment approaches that cater specifically to the unique needs of their patients.

Such treatment approaches that Discovery Ranch offers may include: Dialectical behavioral therapy, Family Based Treatment. Addiction treatment services are available to Adolescents and certain insurances are accepted, which include: Most Insurances. Get started on embarking upon your journey of recovery by contacting Discovery Ranch from their website at

Contact Details

+1(855) 662-9318
1308 South 1600 WestMapletonUtah  84664

Google Reviews

  5.0   3 years ago

16 months ago, we were are at total loss with no idea where to turn. Our 16-year old son was struggling mightily (probably headed for prison) and our family was in shambles. Luckily our Educational Consultant recommended Discovery Ranch (DR) for Boys. One month ago he graduated from DR. He is now at a "step-down" therapeutic boarding school with a positive future, having just finished high school requirements and is starting a program at a technical college. He has dealt with his issues and recognizes that he will need continued therapy going forward. We went from not imagining him being in our house any more to looking forward to him returning. Discovery Ranch made all the difference in the world. It's tough (none of the students like being there as you may read in some reviews), but as they say at the Ranch, "The Strength is in the Struggle" and we experienced that firsthand. Our son developed a strong work ethic, and through their Experiential Therapy program, made huge therapeutic progress. The staff there (from clinical to residential) all care for and support the students and goal of helping them get better. We can't say enough about Discovery Ranch and how they literally (and figuratively) saved our son's life and future. We would highly recommend DR for any troubled teenage boy where all other options at home have been exhausted.

  5.0   3 years ago

great cows great food snitching is not tolerated 10/10 would recommend

  4.0   4 years ago

My name is Charles. I had a lot of ups and downs when it came to my stay. There were times where I didn’t want to be there. There’s times where I didn’t want to leave. I feel that the program at DR is tailored to a big group. A lot of the program is almost repetitive, but it is that way so you can get the full experience of being in this type of routine. There was not any point where I felt like I was unsafe there. I’ll always speak of my therapist in high regard. I’ve had a lot of friends from there fall back into old habits. There’s also some that are doing well. If someone goes into this program just to get through it, it’ll be a hit or miss. If someone truly applies themselves, they will most likely come out successful.

  4.0   4 years ago

As a former employee of DR I can say that it is an excellent program. I loved working with the boys and seeing their progress academically. It felt like we were all a big family and it was a pleasure to work there.

  5.0   4 years ago

When I heard about Discovery Ranch and raising cows at a treatment center I thought it was crazy. After meeting my first cow I felt a new connection to the Ranch and found it was a place I enjoyed. The Ranch was there to ready me for moving on in life. It still hurt to leave new found friends and ones forged over time by the hardships that come with treatment. I learned new skills to cope with problems and emotions. The staff is always friendly or willing to be friendly. I highly recommend Discovery Ranch for Boys

  4.0   4 years ago

So my name is Patrick Navin , i was a student a DR starting on June 30, 2017 - June 1, 2018 . DR has helped my family so much . not many people know this but my sister would not talk to me for the first 5 months of my 11 month stay . i was so rude to her before i left and it just broke my heart that i couldn't talk to her . my therapist and i worked on apologies and how to say sorry . it definitely wasn't easy but it was for the best . I had made some amazing relationships w the staff and the students at DR . when i arrived at DR i didn't know anyone and the students are very welcoming and the staff treat you extremely well . there are for sure some scary things at DR like getting home sick , but it is like a reality check and i really needed that . i would like to thank all the staff and students for helping me :)

  5.0   4 years ago

I worked here for a little over 3 years and it was some of the best years of my life! I love this company and what it stands for! I loved working and helping these boys change their lives. The equine therapy is amazing and truely helps these boys, whether it’s learning to ride horses, or raising a baby calf. This program helps them to build relationships and to change their lives for the better. This honestly was one of the best places I’ve ever worked and it was the hardest thing ever to leave, but I’ve seen this program change these boys lives. Yes there were many times the boys struggled and were angry but once they were able to get past that and really let this program help them, they completely changed their mindset and became amazing individuals! The boys that I worked with at discovery ranch changed my life around and taught me so many things. Working here with these boys was hard at times emotionally but it was worth everything seeing a lot of them leaving the ranch and seeing them become a different person and see how happy they become! I loved being a mentor and supervisor, this place will always hold a special place in my heart!!

  5.0   4 years ago

I had the opportunity to work at Discovery Ranch for several years and in several capacities. Throughout my time there I worked in both residential and academics. In my time as a mentor and teacher I was able to see how thoroughly Discovery Ranch works with and cares for each student. The therapists, teachers, and residential staff work collaboratively to create the best environment possible for each student to work through a program that is unified and consistent yet taylored to meet the needs of the individual. Discovery Ranch has been one of the best working experiences I have ever had.

  5.0   4 years ago

I loved working at Discovery Ranch! The supervisors were all very helpful and friendly. I found the work I did as a mentor to be very rewarding. It truly is an honor to work with the boys and watch them transform their lives for the better. I learned so much in my time there and am a better person because of it. One thing that sets DR apart from other residential treatment centers in the area is its focus on experiential therapies. Between bottle-feeding calves, ropes courses, and equine group, you’ll never find yourself bored! Another strength that DR has is its emphasis on structure. This helps to minimize chaos in the houses. I can’t say enough good things about working at DR. It has, by far, been my favorite job!

  5.0   4 years ago

I worked at Discovery Ranch for 20 months 10 months as a mentor and 10 as a Supervisor! This job has been one of the most beneficial things that has happened in my life so far. Some may say that I am over exaggerating but This job not only helped me see what I can do for others but what I can do for myself! I thank Discovery Ranch for the teachings and life lessons I have learned while being there. Not to mention you get to work with some pretty awesome people! The boys are amazing once you get to build a relationship with them! I love what DR does! Some will say my review is to good to be true, but at the Ranch what you put in is what you get out! Yes it’s not always the most amazing place on earth.. ( It’s not Disneyland ) but it is a place that can help if you are up to it!!

  4.0   4 years ago

Edit: When I wrote my first review, I was just angry at the ranch. But I realized how much it has actually helped me. Without the ranch I definitely wouldn't be where I am today. Okay, some of the staff weren't the best, but I feel most of them actually cared about us a lot. Some of just took it personally when the were mean. But they were really being assertive. The program has it's cons, just like any other place. But If you let it help you, and accept the staff and the rules/ program. You can make a tremendous stay. Thank you Discover Ranch. I might've resented you, but I made some of the greatest changes and relationships I've ever had here. Cheers!

  4.0   4 years ago

That place helped me alot if learned how to build healthy and good relationships. I also learned how to be a leader so yeah it was good

  5.0   4 years ago

I graduated here as a level six and my stay was roughly seven months. This speed and progression was relatively unheard of. To address the multitude of bad reviews one must understand the population and the understanding that those who struggled blame the program compartiviley them themselves. Knowing that I have compassion for this, but as I continue with my review will also call it as it is, hoping those who read this who went here and feel disenfranchised, understand my point. To put it simply Discovery Ranch changed my life, I struggle with severe mental illness something I had been institutionalized on and off for about two to three years before being admitted. The idea behind the ranch is see the humanity within the sufferer a paradigm shift from traditional treatment methods in which the sufferer is seen as their illness first and a human second. My parents understanding that this was more of a holistic approach to treatment sent me here, almost as a lasts resort knowing that a traditional approach seemed to only merge my identity with my diagnosis. Discovery Ranch is not meant to be comfortable, no treatment center is, knowing if one claims to be then what they advertise is not development. Growth does not go without growing pains and that is true to this program, regardless it's a safe environment to have these pains, meaning safe in the most basic of definitions. My whole stay there, however much I wanted to hurt myself, I knew it was not an option and if I wanted to partake in self destructive behaviors it would be very hard to hide. As time continues and trust is built (The amount of scrupulous questioning lessons and one sees a want to repay and act intigrously) Like any human organization there are faults, but that being said these are faults that are open to change. A feeling of powerlessness overcomes you when you begin living there knowing that there is no way out, but from that, through their holistic methods one begins to feel empowered if not powerful. I had a choice the whole time I was there, something many boys will tell you that they did not have. When in suffering perceived powerlessness and the idea of identity are skewed, seeing a complete lack of integrity of one's own experience. As I can attest to and many others I suffered while there, unlike many others I now understand I held that key to suffering within myself and at times held onto it and only when I was able to let it go was I able to leave the program. I would recommend this program to whoever has the means to send ones children here. My parents and I trusted the staff with my life and in return I have been highly successful since returning home. I still struggle but not to the same degree nor do I feel powerless within my struggle. Life is hard and it will be filled with pain, but within that pain there is also joy and a multitude of other things that I was not able to see before coming to this program. Discovery Ranch gave me a future, one that most professionals before agreed was not realistic nor there at all. I found hope but most importantly I found myself. Thank you Discovery Ranch.

  5.0   4 years ago

The staff at Discovery Ranch are great to work with. They are active in the community and recently hosted a workshop for local clinicians. I have known the admin team for many years and would trust them with my own kids.

  4.0   4 years ago

In the beginning I gave Discovery Ranch a bad rating, but I've come to realize that that rating was more to describe how my relationship with my family was. It has been a struggle with them and a continued work in progress. I am grateful for the skills that Discovery Ranch has taught me to be a better young man. I have learned to be independent and make smart decisions as a young adult.

  5.0   4 years ago

I am very impressed with this program and staff.

  3.0   5 years ago

This is purely from a recent staff perspective, mostly for anyone planning on one day working at the facility. Here's some things you might want to know. I worked for Discovery Ranch for nearly a year. I saw the program change kids, and I felt a sense of fulfillment building relationships with the boys and watching them take their treatment and do something with it. I watched them grow and struggle, and sometimes I said bittersweet goodbyes as they headed home to start life again. It's a wonderful program that really has potential. It doesn't work for every boy-- but for those that find a desire to change somewhere along the road of treatment, it does a fantastic job. It's not an easy job for a staff. The emotional wear-and-tear is tough, but instead it's the few structural flaws in the system that make it difficult. Formal training for this job is non-existent. Anyone wanting to work here should know that. You are pointed this way and that with twenty-odd boys and no idea what the rules are, right off the bat, and you can bet the kids will take advantage of that-- and you'll be the one to blame if something goes wrong. It's horribly stressful, especially considering that you're in charge of a large group of boys and part of their treatment; the program brings in a lot of money, and upper management doesn't care to use it to train their staff. You'll have an informal and rushed meeting once every couple of months, about twenty minutes long and with a packet of papers to read. That's about it. Hands-on and in the moment is not good enough for the boys. There are virtually no opportunities for growth here. You may have a chance to become a supervisor, but most likely not. The turnover rate here is pretty high due to the pay and the lack of opportunities, so you're constantly having to adjust to new staff (who have also had zero training). It's not a perfect system, and it could easily be made better with a few tweaks, but... again, upper management is not too interested in their staff. (In short, don't expect them to work with you. They don't take staff opinions or ideas into account and usually ignore emails sent even with the best intentions.) Hopefully, with more information like this, those who run this program and make the decisions will take interest and be able to make changes that will improve the Ranch, the employees, and the boys' lives. In short: working with the boys is awesome and will change you. You'll be able to make a difference. It's not just a job-- it's a chance to grow and help youth that need it. However, working with the management is a difficulty and ultimately the reason I personally chose to leave. They have work to do if they hope to keep their good staff and help them help the kids.

  5.0   8 years ago

I was a student at Discovery Ranch from 2008-2009 and it had the most profound impact on my life. My parents struggled for years working with therapists, programs and teachers trying to get me the help I needed, but nothing worked. It was an environment that made me want to progress in order to move out of orientation level which gave me very little privileges up to the higher levels so I could have free time with my friends. The staff and therapists VERY QUICKLY learned exactly how to motivate me in the right direction and work with me. I soon started to progress through the program and my staff and therapists and parents could see the revolutionary changes happening within me. My parents, family, and even myself would say that Discovery Ranch was, and is the most important event in my life, and I would NOT be where I am without them. The staff and therapists hold my highest respect. Because of the help I received at Discovery Ranch, I have graduated college with a BA in psychology and am now pursuing a PhD in psychology so that I can give back and help others like myself.

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