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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, 17 July 2018

Members Appreciation Weekend

Members Appreciation Weekend was a great success with record numbers attending! Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped as camp hosts, discovery hosts and tour guides, shuttled members to their cars, helped cook and clean up breakfast for 260+ members, volunteers and staff. This is a special weekend for us where we get to celebrate our members. We received many compliments this year, folks loved the bands, the…
Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Upcoming Summer Events!

July 21: Annual Board Meeting and BBQ at the Pavilion! Join us for our annual meeting, meet the board directors, share comments and suggestions and have lunch on us! We will be providing a BBQ lunch for all who attend. July 25: Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be here doing research on our bat colony. July 23 - 27: CCW Adventure Program, Science Camp at the Everson Ranch (special program)…
OLT is thrilled to have this wonderful event returning to the Everson Ranch. To learn more about it contact Rustic Roots directly. Rustic Roots campfire jamming camp announces its 8th year and 2nd year at Orient Land Trust in the San Luis Valley - August 6-12, 2018. Join Teaching Artists and Camp Hosts Joy Adams & Andy Reiner (Half Pelican) as well as Hazel Ketchum & John Holenko (The Hungry…
Members Only! June 22, 23 is Member Appreciation Weekend. The celebration is coming up soon. No members will be turned away but non-members will not be admitted. Don't bring a guest unless they are a member. The Friday night band is The Groove Farmers from Salida, Colorado. The Saturday night band is Reviva from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Remember to bring a delicious contribution to the Saturday afternoon potluck. Breakfast Sunday…
Thursday, 14 June 2018

Call Ahead

Yep. Here we are in the good ol' summertime. Valley View is a refreshing spot. We will reach capacity every day through September so, call ahead!
Thursday, 14 June 2018

Granting Wishes

What do you love about Valley View? Thank you Artful Dancer for this beautiful poem which describes how so many of us feel and to Scott Rappold who captures the light, energy and colors in his beautiful photographs. Granting Wishes The way the mist rises over the pools in the early morning. The serenity. The way burdens fall off there. The grace of the oaks. The view of course. The…
The problem with holistic management is it's so profoundly simple, but it's not easy. And it's profoundly simple. You're almost insulting people's intelligence to explain it twice, just about making better decisions of where you want to go in your life, bringing in environmental, social, economic issues simultaneously.- Allan Savory There's no denying the negative impacts our current agricultural systems are creating on our environment. Land degradation, loss of natural…

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10/20/2018 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

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01/26/2019 9:00 am - 3:45 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.

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.