Fair

76°F

Fair
Humidity: 18%
Wind: WSW at 24 mph
Tue
48°F - 79°F
Mostly sunny
Wed
49°F - 80°F
Sunny
Thu
45°F - 78°F
Mostly sunny
Fri
45°F - 69°F
Thunderstorms
Sat
47°F - 67°F
PM Thunderstorms

Reservations highly recommended for Day and Overnight Access

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...

Guidelines  -  Rates and Reservations  -  Bat Tours

OLT's board of directors is having a special meeting phone conference on August 26th at 6:30pm.  The board will discuss committee structures.  If you have any questions or need more information, please call or email.  Thank you.  
OLT's board of directors is having a special meeting phone conference on August 19th at 6:30pm.  The board will discuss committee structures.  Please see the full agenda attached.  If you have any questions or need more information, please call or email.  Thank you.  
While it may be hard to match the Members' Auction item described below, we invite you to dig into your basements, closets, garages and brains for items to bring to OLT Members' Weekend where bid sheets will abound for "stuff" that might be your unique "junk" but other people's treasure - think of professional services, artwork, or meals/catering for other OLT members to bid on. One highlighted auction item includes…
  Sunday, August 17th, 3-6 pm1245 Cardenas Lane, El Prado, NM 87529 Support OLT’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Campaign, meet new Executive Director Doug Bishop,visit with Founders Neil & Terry Seitz, experience Board Member Dan Jones’ sustainable, Zero Energy home & gardens, enjoy food from Matts Bakery Taos  as well as Dan's garden and greenhouse and sample local wine & beer.
Social nudity is certainly nothing new here. The tradition is common at hot springs and was documented back to the miners who often enjoyed these warm waters after a hard day's work. Naturism, as we know it today, was undoubtedly the sensible choice for soaking when Ute tribes flourished here the Valley. But over time, clothing came to represent much more than its functional use, becoming a cultural expectation even in…

OCT
4

Sat Oct 4 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fundraiser Art Sale (Salida)

OCT
18

Sat Oct 18 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Board of Directors Meeting

JAN
17

Sat Jan 17 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Board of Directors Meeting

MAR
13

Fri Mar 13 - Wed Mar 25
Monte Vista Crane Festival

Valley  Webcam from NE Alamosa

Valley Webcam

  • 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.

Values

  • 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

Goals

  • 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.