Aspen Achievement Academy and Aspen Ranch Closing!

Youth Transport FounderNew Start Transports (NST), its founders and employees, were saddened to hear the disappointing news that Aspen Achievement Academy and Aspen Ranch will be closed, along with several other good programs.

As many of you know, Clinton and Jacob Hardy, both participated in the Aspen Academy’s wilderness program 15 years ago. Ironically, NST has received a numerous amount of updated emails, from former parent clients of both ours and Aspen’s, thanking us for our transport services. They wanted to thank us because the Aspen Academy and Ranch were such a success for their once “troubled” child and family.

We would like to express our gratitude and prayers to the Aspen Academy, Aspen Ranch, and all of their hard working employees! We will miss working with them and hope to see them in other areas of the “troubled teen” program industry.

Best Regards,

Clinton Hardy


  • Clinton Hardy
    Posted September 12, 2011 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Former team members (Gil Hallows, Troy Faddis, and others) of Aspen Academy are now heading up Legacy Outdoor Adventures in Loa, Utah. Legacy Outdoors is currently a wilderness program for young adults, but we anticipate that they will soon be serving adolescent and struggling teenagers as well.

    Best of luck to them!

    NST Team

  • Anon Fawkes
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    I am not saddened to hear of Aspen closing. I am saddened to know that teens will continue to be abused by programs under the NATSAP umbrella.

    • Clinton Hardy
      Posted October 16, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

      Anon Fawkes: As a former student of Aspen Academy, back when it was much more strenuous than it was at the time of its closing, I can definitely attest that they were not an abusive program. I appreciate your response and interest in our blog, nonetheless. In response to the NATSAP umbrella, NATSAP is a non-regulatory organization that promotes education and networking among programs–likely with both highly and less qualified programs depending on their ability to pay a membership fee. Therefore, I am not sure I understand your reference to NATSAP as an “umbrella” organization, since the range and quality of programs is both diverse and not necessarily representative of each other.

  • Troy Helton
    Posted August 16, 2015 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    I was in AAA in 92-93 when shit was real! Saved me and a few others young screwed up lives! Say what you wish but if you think jail after 18 is some cake walk then let your young easy to detour kids just keep going the Ez way and we will see how long it is before they are in jail and finding out what big boy life is all about. This camp was awesome and something I would some day 12 year old son tot if he was on a destructive path!!!

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