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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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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Happy New Year!

The re-opening of the hot springs in late December went fairly well. The weather was mild and sunny. We were grateful not to be plowing the road, shoveling snow, and sanding the walkways. The weather continues to be quite nice for outdoor activities as of January 6th. The mountains are bare and we'll want some moisture eventually. In the meantime, we might as well enjoy the mild temperatures. It's not…
Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Massage Available

In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds.-Robert Green Ingersoll Visit our website: olt.orgto learn more about
Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Winter on the Ranch

The work is never done! 365 days a year, seven days a week, there's no end to what must be done on the ranch. Even in the dead of winter there's lots to do. In fact, it can be the most challenging time of year! Keeping the animals healthy and warm are top priority. Ranch Manager ,Mike, daily hand feeds livestock since the pastures are usually frozen or blanketed with…
Thursday, 14 December 2017

National Forest Plan

Attention OLT wildlife corridor and landscape lovers;Please find a moment to write a letter to the Rio Grande National Forest planning team regarding their twenty-year Forest Plan revision. The deadline for public input ends Friday, December 29th. This is your opportunity for public input regarding how the Rio Grande Forest surrounding Orient Land Trust will be managed over the next twenty critical years. The San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council (SLVEC),…
Thursday, 14 December 2017

Pond Etiquette

There are many people that enjoy a beverage as they soak. Sometimes, those beverages contain alcohol. There are also people that object to alcoholic beverages at the pool. We've all seen someone get a little laissez faire about their behavior when consuming alcohol. We've also all seen people consuming alcohol become belligerent and argumentative. No one enjoys these behaviors, not even the person who is sloppy or defensive. It is…
Mark your calendars! Member Appreciation Weekend will be June 22 and 23. Every year we invite all members, and only members, to a summer celebration. We have a band on Friday night with dancing and music under the Pavilion and the waxing moon. Saturday, there is a potluck dinner in the afternoon. Saturday night, another band. Sunday morning, OLT provides breakfast. This year, the weekend is earlier than recently because…
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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.