Adventure Moduals

Legacy’s adventure modules are solidly based on the concepts of “Safe, Fun, and Meaningful”.  We engage our clients in activities that encourage individual participation, build group cohesion, develop self-confidence and self-efficacy, and provide meaningful challenge and a sense of accomplishment. Treatment goals are deliberately addressed through impactful adventure activities.  Adventures last 5 days followed by 2 days to stand down, engage in therapy sessions, and re-outfit for the next adventure. Some of our most common adventures include:

Technical Canyoneering:

Canyoneering is the activity of descending technical canyons by hiking and rappelling down obstacles.  People travel from around the world to go canyoneering in Legacy’s course area.  We have the equipment and expertise to guide our client teams down through some of the most spectacular canyons in the world; right here in our own backyard!  Some of our favorites include Chimney Canyon, Eardley Canyon, Little Iron Wash, Baptist Draw and Upper Chute Canyon, and our “secret” gem, Pete’s Dragon, which we scouted and pioneered ourselves.

Adventure Backpacking:

Legacy operates in some of the most spectacular mountain and desert terrain in the world.  We hike across 11,000 foot plateaus and through deep canyon gorges.  The beauty and solitude of the Sweetwater Canyon defies description.  The grandeur of the Chute of Muddy Creek leaves a powerful impression on anyone who has ever visited.  The areas where we hike and camp are the areas you see on postcards and panoramic photos of the desert southwest.

Mountain Summits:

TWe have several mountain summits within our course area that serve as solid objectives for an adventurous group of young men to conquer.   Mt Hilgard (11,533 ft), Mt Ellen (11,522 ft), and Mt Terrill (11,547 ft) are some of our regular targets.  These summit adventures involve a one or two day approach hike followed by the actual summit attempt day.  The exhilaration and sense of accomplishment a young man feels standing “on top of the world” is difficult to describe.  Sharing the experience with a team of brothers makes it even more powerful.

Backpack Fishing Trips:

Boulder Mountain has over a hundred fishable lakes, most of which are accessible only by foot.  Our fishing adventures are relaxing and gratifying.  Hike, fish, camp, repeat.

Wildlife Adventures:

We plan specific adventures around wildlife observation during peak seasons.  We observe and photograph wild horses in the Link Flats area of the San Rafael Swell.  We hike into the Fishlake Mountains to call and observe rocky mountain elk during the rut in September.  We watch desert bighorn sheep jousting and head-butting during their rut in November.  There is a large free ranging herd of American bison in the Henry Mountains that we locate and observe.

Mountain Biking:

Central and southern Utah has some of the best mountain biking routes in the world.  People travel from afar to enjoy what we have at our doorstep.  We ride in the San Rafael Swell, the Henry Mountain desert, and on top of Boulder Mountain.  Riding bikes is fun but we make sure we include the meaningful part too.

Becoming Men on Boulder Mountain

We started out our week’s adventure at Pine Creek, it was windy and cold, everyone seemed excited at their first chance to fish.  Attempts at using the sun shower that morning brought a shivering clean team.  Our plan was to drive toward the top of boulder and fish in Miller Lake. We were expecting a beautiful tranquil lake with the pine trees surrounding it, but when we arrived at our destination we were in the midst of a snow storm.  It was a struggle to make fire and set up camp in the cold, but with our great team of men, it didn’t take us long to accomplish the task.  We talked about the fishing we were going to do the next day; our mouths were watering for the taste of the fresh fish cooked in butter, with lemon pepper.  We woke the next morning to a very cold a frosty air.


As we looked at Miller Lake with fishing in our heads, we noticed that the lake had a layer of unbreakable ice from shore to shore.   We were a little (okay a lot) disappointed, the metaphor was powerful for coming up against setbacks in recovery. After we received more cold weather gear (over bags, liners, and insulated coats) we decided to stay at this location one more night.


Friday we moved to another frozen lake to our disappointment, but had some fun practicing our casting, knot tying.  We had a great group on Honorable Manhood by the fire that evening.  Saturday spirits remained high as we continued our journey to Lost Lake.  The hike was a challenge of the type proven very useful in wilderness therapy.  With sore legs and a renewed team unity, we came over the hill to see the majestic lake WITHOUT ice!!!!!  Fishing began immediately, with some success.  With a group that evening on mentors and the positive influences that can be gained. The theme for the week was solidified.


Monday was the hike down the mountain for the end of the week, meeting for staff exchange and therapist visits.  One major accomplishment for the week was renewed motivation for following through on the best plan for continuing recovery for each team member. Also overcoming the cold and disappointment early in the week, to a warm and pleasant end on the week.   Oh and a good supply of brook trout offered us a delicious dinner.


Kyle B-Field Guide

Fishing Adventure to Miller Lake; Almost.

I took a trip with a friend to Miller Lake to see a group last Friday. They planned on fishing. They got there and everything looked good, went to bed and in the morning the lake had frozen over; no fishing.