Remuda Ranch

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Current status Open
Detainees.gif Capacity 140
Checked December 24, 2017
Open.gif Opened 1990 [1]

Remuda Ranch is marketed as a residential treatment program focusing on various eating disorders. It is located near Wickenburg in Arizona.

The target group is teenage girls and women [1].

The average stay is 60 days minimum [1]

The program has two campuses:

  • Wickenburg, Arizona [2]
  • Milford, Virginia [3]

They also run a long-term aftercare program called "Remuda Life". This facility is located an hours drive from the Arizona campus [4].

The Virginia campus closed 2011 [5]

Program structure

The program use a level system.

  • Beginners start on Red level. The teenagers are only allowed to sit while waiting for therapy. They are transported as even walking is considered a privilege [6].
  • The next level is Yellow. The teenagers are allowed to walk to activities and in general there is more freedom [6]
  • The final level is Green. All activities are allowed, even riding horses [6].

Daily Schedule

  • 06:00 Wakeup and weighing
  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • NA One or more group therapy sessions
  • 09:45 Snack
  • NA Group therapy session followed by free time
  • 12:00 Lunch followed by group and free time
  • 14:45 Snack, followed by group therapy
  • 17:00 Dinner
  • NA Free time and movie
  • 20:45 Snack
  • 21:15 Bedtime


Feeding tubes are used at the facility but not against the will of the patient [7]

The facility was involved in the production of the documentary "America the Beautiful" [8]


In the late 1990's the faith based therapy system came under criticism [9]. The facility was later sold to new owners and the points the criticism targeted are maybe changed.

At Tyra Banks TV-show showed how a woman was escorted to the Arizona facility [10]

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  1. 1,0 1,1 1,2 Datasheet at NATSAP
  2. The Arizona facility on Google maps
  3. The Virginia facility on Google maps
  4. The Remuda Life facility on Google maps
  5. Milford treatment facility to close, Fredericksburg, March 16, 2011
  6. 6,0 6,1 6,2 Remuda Ranch, Wickenburg, AZ, a thread on the Facebook group "Eating Disorder Treatment Center Feedback"
  7. Do they tube feed you at remuda ranch?, Wiki Answers
  8. Homepage of the movie
  9. Therapist's Conduct Draws Fire - Sex-Attack Victim Backed By Board, By Jodie Snyder, The Arizona Republic/March 18, 1996,(Re-print from The Rick A. Ross Institute)
  10. Diet/Health TV: Tyra enters an eating disorder clinic, Calorielab