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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...

Guidelines  -  Rates and Reservations  -  Bat Tours

Don't miss this opportunity to explore the Orient Land Trust with wildlife photographer Jim Welch! There is no fee for our educational tours, please pre-register at the welcome center.
Tuesday, 09 May 2017

Telescope Fundraiser

We have a remarkable dark sky! Being at 8,700 feet in elevation, the atmosphere is thin, providing clear skies and relatively no light pollution. In 2007, we began a plan to make astronomy officially part of our educational program. The perfect location on our property for an Astronomy Pad along with designs for a building that would protect the equipment when not in use were in the planning stages. We…
Tuesday, 09 May 2017

New Recycling Stations

Many thanks to Robin and David from our housekeeping staff for the new upgrades to our recycling centers! New containers that are clearly marked and easy to access are set up at the Welcome Center, the Pavilion, Swimming Pool and Main Parking Area. In addition we've upgraded at Oak House, Sunset House and Spruce Lodge. You can help by separating your recycling, washing and placing it into the correct container.…
The Conservation Committee is having a two day weed pull June 13, 14, 2017, (Tuesday and Wednesday). Complimentary admission and tent camping for two nights is offered to those that can help out at least four hours each day. Save your slot; let us know if you can help.
Memorial Day weekend, May 27th and 28th, will kick off the start to a fun season of events held at Everson Ranch. Saturday evening Barbeques and Sunday morning brunch will be ongoing throughout the summer. It's about experiencing the real deal of connecting guests to the land and the origins of their food while building OLT community. A simple menu of our fresh farm foods that will vary depending on…
Monday, 17 April 2017

Spring at the Ranch

Calling all green thumbs! Everson Ranch garden is starting up for it's second year of growing! We have been busy preparing the soil, putting up greenhouses and looking forward to another season of gardening fun! We have a big list of things to do ranging from construction projects to digging and organizing, seed sowing, and planting. There are plenty of opportunities for folks that want to help! We will even…


07/15/2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


08/04/2017 - 08/06/2017


09/16/2017 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm


10/21/2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • 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.