Nature’s Role in Healing

Nestled in Holden, Utah, Mountain Valley Recovery offers a unique approach to rehabilitation that harnesses the healing power of nature. Surrounded by majestic mountains, sprawling hills, and serene valleys, our facility provides an ideal setting on a working ranch for individuals seeking to overcome addiction and mental health challenges. At Mountain Valley Recovery, we believe that nature is not just a backdrop for treatment—it’s a vital component of the healing process.

Research has shown that spending time in nature can have profound effects on mental and emotional well-being. From reducing stress and anxiety to improving mood and cognitive function, the benefits of outdoor exposure are undeniable. That’s why at Mountain Valley Recovery, we incorporate outdoor activities into our treatment programs to complement traditional therapeutic modalities.

Utilizing Nature

One of the primary ways in which we utilize nature for rehabilitation is through outdoor experiential therapy. Led by experienced peer supports and therapists, these experiential therapy activities allow clients to connect with the natural world while engaging in meaningful and therapeutic experiences. Whether it’s hiking through scenic trails, camping under the stars, riding horses, feeding ranch animals, skiing, or participating in adventure-based challenges, these outdoor activities provide opportunities for reflection, self-discovery, and personal growth.

In addition to experiential therapy, Mountain Valley Recovery offers a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities designed to promote physical fitness and well-being. From daily exercise and meditation in nature to horseback riding and rock climbing, these activities encourage clients to step outside of their comfort zones and explore new ways of coping with stress and adversity. By engaging in physical activity and these experiential therapy activities in a natural setting, clients not only improve their physical health but also enhance their mental resilience and emotional regulation skills.

Furthermore, spending time in nature fosters a sense of connection and community among our clients. Whether it’s working together to set up a campsite, navigating a challenging hiking trail, or simply enjoying a sunset together, these shared experiences create bonds that transcend individual struggles and unite us in our journey toward recovery. At Mountain Valley Recovery, we believe that the support and camaraderie found in nature can be a powerful source of strength and inspiration for our clients.

Moreover, nature serves as a metaphor for the recovery process itself. Just as the natural world undergoes cycles of growth, transformation, and renewal, so too do our clients as they navigate the ups and downs of recovery. By immersing themselves in nature’s rhythms and cycles, clients gain perspective on their journey and find hope in the possibility of transformation and renewal.


In conclusion, nature plays a vital role in the rehabilitation process at Mountain Valley Recovery. Through outdoor activities, experiential therapy, and recreational opportunities, we harness the healing power of nature to promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Surrounded by the beauty and serenity of the natural world, our clients find solace, strength, and inspiration as they embark on their journey toward recovery.