a schoolhouse at Turn-About Ranch

Our vocational program offers an alternative way for students to prepare themselves for the job market and furthering their education. In addition to providing practical life skills, we supply our students with the education they need to find success in their future.

All vocational opportunities promote safety, proper use and maintenance of tools and equipment, and show students how to plan and work together to accomplish tasks. Students get the opportunity to apply these learned skills during their daily ranch duties.

Learning Opportunities:

learning welding at teen boot camp

Culinary Arts – The Culinary Arts class is held in our food service department where our staff are able to teach our students the importance of cleanliness and following directions. Not only will students learn more about this specific field, but they will also learn how to take care of themselves and others.

Auto Mechanics – Students are taught how to assess and maintain a vehicle. They are also provided with the opportunity to explore their interests in this field while learning about small engine repairs and more.

Building Trades – Students will learn how to plan projects, organize material lists, and build structures. They are involved in general maintenance projects as needed on campus giving them real life experience in building repairs and maintenance.

These opportunities not only provide our students with the chance to explore their interests further, but also focus on developing positive characteristics such as self-worth and motivation.


"In a time of turmoil with our child and researching a facility, hands down we couldn’t have found a better place. A big part of our decision was made by talking to past parents."

- Hopeful in Nebraska, May 2021

"TAR was wonderful for helping my daughter. Staff is great to the kids and she is getting the help she needs. While visiting at mid term I was very pleased with ranch staff was so great. And my daughter was so excited to show us around and meet everyone that works there. I got nothing but positive feedback from my daughter. Thank you turnabout ranch."

- Rene Stepanian

"Absolutely recommend this program without a doubt. I was a frustrated mother at a breaking with a struggling teenager that hit rock bottom. Without this program in our life, I don't know if I would have ever seen his smiling face again. I can't say enough about the staff, counseling and program itself. Don't listen to the negativity with reviews, I didn't. It was a tough decision but thank God every day I trusted my gut and the program. I have my son back and yes it's a tough structured program but all in a good way, the way it needs to be. He needed a drastic measure and TAR exceeded my expectations. Worth every penny. Thank you!!!"

- Amanda J. Miller

"TAR saved my daughter's life ~ She is now happy, very successful and I owe so much of that to them!"

- Wendy Werner

"My daughter was at Turn About Ranch. This program not only saved her life but also United us as a family. It was the most humbling experience of my life and leaving her was the hardest thing I ever had to do. Getting her back - as she was before she got into trouble - was the most rewarding and amazing thing. It’s the end result that makes the process worth while. The staff was so wonderful. They made this experience easier to go through. Michelle and Lorie keep me posted on my daughters initial days then the weekly posting of her progress gave me strength. The staff made such an impression on my daughter that she wants to continue a relationship with them. Her therapist called weekly and never held back on setting her father and I straight. This program is not only for our children but for the entire family. Don’t hesitate! This program will work if all efforts are made by both the parents and child. Totally worth it. My daughter is now home and in private school and putting her life back together day by day. It’s a blessing to know Turn About Ranch is still there if we need them. Very happy mom in San Diego."

- Julissa Hernandez

Turn-About Ranch

280 N 300 E.
Escalante, UT 84726
(800) 842-1165