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Patient Programs

Patients not only learn how to enjoy their favorite activities, but also how to adapt equipment to meet new physical or cognitive needs. We incorporate key therapeutic elements acquired from other disciplines (such as sip and puff technology) for some of our recreational activities. Individual interests are always taken into consideration for outings and activities, with program and equipment adaptations tailored for individual needs.

The therapeutic recreation activities that Craig Hospital offers our spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury inpatients and outpatients include:


  • Air Hockey
  • Billiards
  • Blow Darts
  • Clay Sculpting
  • Cooking (Full Kitchen)
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Foosball
  • Kiln for Ceramics
  • Leather Crafts
  • Musical Instruments
  • Pet Therapy
  • Photography
  • Potter's Wheel
  • Stained Glass
  • Table Tennis
  • Tabletop Games
  • Theater Room
  • Video Games


  • Alpine/Nordic Skiing
  • ATVs
  • Cycling
  • Downhill Mountain Biking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting/Shooting
  • RC Sail Boating
  • Snowmobiling


  • Golf
  • Power Wheelchair Bowling
  • Quad Rugby
  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Wheelchair Tennis


  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Swimming
  • Therapy Pool
  • Water Skiing


  • Accessible Garden with Raised Planters and Beds
  • Modified Tools and Equipment
  • On-Site Greenhouse


  • A-1 Scuba
  • Access Surf
  • Access Unlimited
  • Adaptive Adventures
  • Community Sailing of Colorado
  • Denver Parks and Recreation
  • National Sports Center for the Disabled
  • SCI Recovery Project/River Deep
  • Stanton State Park
  • United Airlines

I have water-skied. I’ve gone on a hot-air-balloon trip. I’ve ridden horseback. I went to an amusement park and rode a roller coaster twice. It was my first time on a roller coaster since my injury. It was a great coaster. I’ve learned the essential hot tub transfer. It’s good. At Craig you work hard and play hard. That is the way I’m going to live when I get home.

Jim Penta, Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania​