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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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Saturday, 19 November 2016

How can I help?

Every day people arrive who have never been here before. Trying to bring first timers up to speed is a large and important task. The days of darkness before electricity are gone. Campfires no longer smolder in the park. Outhouses are a dim memory, except on the bat hike. I met a couple one morning as they were basking on the rocks below Oak House. They first came to the…
Once again, Valley View Hot Springs will be closed from December 1, 2016 through December 28, 2016. We will be open again on December 29, 2016. We will be available limited hours in the office for those people wanting to make reservations. If you don't get an actual staff member, leave a message and we will call you back. Enjoy the holiday!
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. 
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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.

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.