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The Orient Land Trust is a non-profit land trust created around Valley View Hot Springs, its unique culture and environment.

With the Orient Mine and Everson Ranch, we now protect 2,200 acres, its wildlife corridor, pristine spring waters, hiking trails, rustic cabins, and camping. Visitors of all ages and walks of life enjoy free educational programs, clothing-optional naturist open space, geothermal warmth, hydroelectric energy, and Colorado's largest bat colony.  Read more...

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Thursday, 13 October 2016

Harvest Celebration

The October 1 event at the Everson Ranch was well attended. The weather was great; blue skies, warm temperatures, and golden sunshine. The food was delicious. Many thanks to RustingRam caterers for taking the raw material of our ranch produce and creating a feast. Two musical groups - Sweet Radish getting things warmed up and Sandra Wong and friends keeping things humming - provided the music. Ranch Tours of the…
Thursday, 13 October 2016

2016 Volunteers!

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful and skilled volunteers who supported the Land Trust this summer! We had over 50 individuals who helped as Camp Hosts, Discovery Hosts, Bat and Astronomy Tour Guides, Geology, Hydro and Ranch Tours. Many others helped put in the community garden, were teachers and support staff for Kids Science Camp, maintained trails, stained cabins, chopped firewood, laid fence and…
Thursday, 13 October 2016

Dog Problems!

Dog issues have been our greatest challenge this summer. We've had half a dozen dog bites and many complaints of dogs off leash, at the pools and in the campground. There is about a 50/50 break in the folks who love to bring their dogs and those who wish dogs were not allowed at the hot springs. The position we have taken is to ask our dog owners to be…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Bats Gone for the Winter

The bats are gone. The last time we took a group up, Saturday, there were only a handful (eight) bats spotted. We didn't take a group last night and we won't be scheduling a tour guide until next year. 
Orient Land Trust is proud to present a Ranch Celebration Event on October 1, 2016. We invite you to join us at the Historic Everson Ranch for our open house tours and special Harvest Dinner Concert & Dance. Register now online. Tickets for the dinner and concert are $50 per adult, $25 for minors aged 13-17 and there is no extra charge for kids under 12. All kids and minors…
Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Dog Guidelines

This year we received a record number of complaints about dogs and an increase in dog bites. We walk a fine line between our members who love to bring their pets and those who wish dogs were not allowed at the hot springs. Our desire is not to discourage dog-owners from visiting, rather it is to encourage dog-owners to manage their pets responsibly. Please consider if your dog is a…
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  • Naturism by Neil & Terry Seitz, FoundersHistory of Naturism at OLT
  • Words of Wisdom by Neil & Terry Seitz, FoundersSharing experience and wisdom that helped sustain this special place through the decades.

Orient Land Trust is a nonprofit land trust 
dedicated to the preservation of Valley View Hot Springs (VVHS) and its viewshed—
including natural and biologic resources, agricultural lands, wildlife habitat, 
open space, and historic and geologic features of the northern San Luis Valley—
for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations.


  • Dedication to inclusiveness and the public good
  • Accountability to a diverse public community and maintaining their trust
  • Social and environmental justice beyond mandates
  • Respect for the worth and dignity of individuals and nature
  • Embracing naturism through practice and education
  • Modeling collaborative pluralism, transparency, integrity and honesty
  • Pledging excellence and responsibility in stewarding resources
  • Encouraging lifelong learning


  • Visitor Space Protection and Management: Maintain and protect Valley View Hot Springs as an affordable, peaceful and family-friendly clothing-optional recreational facility that enhances the visitor experience year round.
  • Conservation and Preservation: Follow the highest possible standards for land preservation, agricultural practices, and energy and water conservation.
  • Research and Education: Facilitate scientific research around OLT resources, and promote educational programs and activities suitable for adults and children.
  • Staff Development and Community Relations: Maintain OLT as a responsible citizen of the San Luis Valley.