The Program Outdoor Adventures


Through outdoor adventures we build a foundation in:

  • Self-awareness outdoors
  • Community development
  • Bond with nature
  • Connection of mind, body and spirit

What are Outdoor Adventures and Wilderness Therapy?

Back2Basics Outdoor Adventures is a six-month-long program focused on wilderness therapy – a nature-centric approach to drug abuse and alcohol abuse treatment through rigorous outdoor hiking, camping, kayaking, snowboarding, surfing, and more to help residents build strength physically, psychologically and within their sobriety as a whole.

We have found that marrying outdoor adventures with traditional therapy and counseling gives addicts an increased understanding of self-concept and self-worth, which can in-turn lead to a more well-balanced lifestyle.

“With the proper blend of activity, knowledge based and spiritual learning experiences, Back2Basics residents embrace real change in their lives. From my perspective as the therapist this incredible assembly of staff and activities opens the door to more successful outcomes. Simply put, clients remain clean and sober.”John Valvo, LISAC, Back2Basics Clinical Director and Primary Therapist

As residents progress in the outdoor adventure component of Back2Basics they begin to experience, understand and embrace the physical and emotional benefits, and rid themselves of the harmful behaviors caused by drug abuse and alcohol abuse.


Back2Basics Outdoor Adventures offers residents an outdoor community in Flagstaff — a beautiful scenic atmosphere of northern Arizona.

Throughout their six months at Back2Basics, residents will participate in a series of outdoor adventures including seasonal white water rafting, kayaking, hiking and camping adventures in Arizona, Utah, Colorado, California and Mexico. (See below for a full list of locations.)

While on the “field” with our trained Back2Basics Outdoor Adventure staff, residents are forced to address the natural elements, which develops team building skills, assists in overcoming fear, and gets them physically active.

“Often times residents have dealt with outdoor stresses by abusing drugs and alcohol. The outdoors puts them in a real stressful environment without the drugs to fall back on.” – Bob Baronas, Back2Basics outdoor guide

They are taught and trained in gathering wood for meals and heat, daily water procurement and meal planning and cooking over open fire. We also provide residents with the option to become Wilderness First Responders – an accredited six-week training course and certification that residents can take with them after the program.

Select residents will also have the opportunity to participate in our quarterly cultural immersion trip to Ixtapa-Zijuatanejo, Mexico where they will take Spanish courses, learn to surf, volunteer in local community service projects and participate in daily community/group therapy.

At Back2Basics, recovering addicts will go beyond man-made concepts and distractions to discover their own spiritual enlightenment. Our seasoned and credentialed outdoor professionals offer your son the journey of a lifetime!

Meet the Outdoor Adventure staff.

Back2Basics Outdoor Adventures Locations:

Hiking & Camping:

Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Mogollon Rim, AZ
Oak Creek Canyon, AZ
Sedona, AZ
San Francisco Peaks, AZ
Joshua Tree, CA
Zion National Park, UT
Moab, UT
Steamboat Springs, CO
Organ Pipe National Monument
The Santa Catalina Mountains, Tuscon, AZ
The Superstitions, Phoenix, AZ
Burro Creek Kingman, AZ
The White Mountains, AZ
Chevlon Canyon
The Arizona Trail
Fossil Creek, AZ
Red Rocks, NV
Mazatzal Wilderness
Tonto National Forest
Arizona Hot Springs, NV
Sycamore Canyon Cottonwood, AZ
Mesa Verde, CO
Gila National Forest, NM
Hannah Hot Springs, AZ
West Clear Creek, AZ
East Clear Creek AZ
Wet Beaver Creek, AZ
Agua Fria National Monument
Coconino National Forest
Arches National Park
Canyonlands, UT
Manti La Sal National Forest
The Abajos, UT
Natural Bridges National Monument
Escalante National Monument

White Water River Rafting

Colorado River
San Juan River
Salt River
Verde River


Lake Powell


Blue Ridge Reservoir
Lake Meade, NV



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