Recreational Therapy Programs for Veterans and Active Duty

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Our world is evolving, and so is the National Ability Center.

We have the same heart, programs and inclusion you've come to know, but our purpose has grown and our logo has adapted. This new brand reflects our commitment to people with differing abilities. Our commitment to a strong vibrant community where everyone belongs. The mountain reflects challenges ahead of us all. Together we journey through them. Together we can unlock the true potential within each of us.

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The National Ability Center stands with other national and local community partners, as well as government agencies in the support of U.S. service members and their families. We believe in promoting and empowering resilience and a healthy, active and enjoyable life through sport, recreation and educational programs. We also believe successful long-term care of our nation’s active duty military and veterans must include strong community and governmental partnerships. We welcome every station of duty, branches of service, and active duty and veteran service members of all conflicts to engage in our programs and strive to make a positive difference in their lives and the lives of others.

From individual activities to seven-day retreats, the National Ability Center offers a number of individual and group programs for servicemen and women and their families. These programs are designed to develop and encourage independence and general health and wellness consistent with a balanced and physically active lifestyle, as well as smooth the transition from military to civilian life. Military programs include: individual, family and group sports and recreation opportunities, health & wellness retreats and Military Family Retreats.

National Ability Center Military Programs are supported through partnerships with the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP),  Salt Lake City VA, VA Adaptive Sports Grant, University of Utah National Center for Veterans Studies, Brother’s Keepers, Edwards Lifesciences, Boeing, US Olympic Committee/US Paralympics, Disabled Sports USA, and many other government, community and private partners.

For more information, please contact our Groups and Military Department, at 435.649.3991 or email

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Military Program Opportunities & Retreats

Individual Sport and Family Recreation

Service members who incur injury, illness or disability are provided access to all National Ability Center sports and recreation programs at little or no cost. Scholarship is available by request for their accompanying family members. This is made possible by generous grants from Edwards Lifesciences, Boeing, AT&T and The Department of Defense.


You can also join us this winter for a variety of  NEW “Open Adventure” style military retreats and activities with other veterans, military and their families:



Upcoming Activities

April 7  |  10AM–2PM  |  NAC Ranch
Funding available for Military Members & family/friends

Come enjoy fresh air and bikes of all kinds at the National Ability Center Ranch. Meet new friends and create new healthy habits with your family!


Jr. Camp Counselor - Archery PhotoNAC Intro- Archery & Challenge Course

May 5 | 12:30-4:00pm| National Ability Center | $10
Funding available for Military Members &  their family/friends.

Never heard of the National Ability Center? Come with your family and enjoy a sampling of Archery and the High Ropes Challenge course at the National Ability Center. Overcome fears, build trust and have a blast!


Yurt, Orienteering and Lunch

June 2  |  10AM–4PM  | Uinta Mountains | $10
Funding available for Vietnam Era Military Members & family/friends

Hike to our yurt up in the Uintas, have lunch and participate in our orienteering skills. What is orienteering you may ask? Orienteering is a navigation race- often held in unfamiliar terrain- using a map and compass. It is easy to learn and a fun way to exercise your body and mind as you enjoy the outdoors.


Reign in PTSD

June 30  |  10AM–12PM  | NAC Equestrian Center | $10
Funding available for Military Members & family/friends

Come experience an environment of learning and self-discovery through our unmounted equine assisted learning program. No prior horse experience required.



Military Health and Wellness Retreats
These seven-day events focus on activities designed to encourage a balanced and active lifestyle. The service member, along with a guest, will enjoy an all-expense paid retreat, including lodging, travel, meals and activities at the National Ability Center. Guests can look forward to *seasonal summer and winter activities and trainings, as well as year-round activities, which may include our indoor climbing wall, sled hockey, equine-assisted learning (EAL), ability yoga, guided imagery, nutritional counseling, peer support and community events and attractions.

Military Family Retreats and Single-Day Events
These four-day retreats and single-day events focus on activities designed to promote and encourage family cohesion and trust through group activities. These activities are designed to incorporate healthy living & lifestyle choices for individuals and families. The service member, along with his/her family, will enjoy an all-expense paid summer or winter retreat, including travel reimbursement, all lodging, meals and activities at the National Ability Center. Families can take part in sport and recreation exercise techniques and equipment training, as well as *seasonal and year-round activities, which may include our indoor climbing wall, sled hockey, equine-assisted learning (EAL), ability yoga, nutritional counseling and community events and attractions.

Seasonal Summer Activities
Cycling, mountain biking, waterskiing and tubing, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, archery, golfing, fly fishing and challenge course.

Seasonal Winter Activities
Skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, winter fat-tire biking, snowshoeing, biathlon and a trip to Midway Hot Springs.

Wounded Veteran Adaptive Skiing  Military support group  Wounded Warrior activity

For more information, please contact our Groups and Military Program Manager at 435-649-3991 or email