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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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Thursday, 15 August 2013

Rain: Keeping it in Perspective

"On a positive note...all of the rain of late has been beneficial for most areas at helping to ease the short term meteorological drought. But...it is important to remember that not everyone has been the recipient of significant rainfall nor has the drought eased at all in the deeper sense of the word. It took us years to get into the drought and it will take us years to get…
Saturday, 11 May 2013

Financial Sustainability

This year we have had to make a priority out of doing some long due upgrading. We have had to build another employee cabin to house Mike and Cherrye, who will help to fill the huge void left by Neil and Terry's retirement. We are completely revamping the electrical system to allow us to continue to operate under drought conditions, which look like they are here to stay for the…
Saturday, 11 May 2013

Lifecycle of a Frozen Dinner

Looking at the entire lifecycle of the products we buy can lead to a new understanding of sustainable choices and our impact on the planet's resources. When we buy a product, we generally aren't thinking of everything that went into getting that product to our home or what happens to it after we are finished with it. A simple action such as throwing away an uneaten frozen dinner is only…
The Orient Land Trust is committed to our community. Our mission statement is clear: "Orient Land Trust is dedicated to the preservation of natural and biological 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." Equally important is OLT's commitment to the economy of the northern San Luis Valley and its…
Saturday, 11 May 2013

Valley View Trading Post!

How often have you awoken in the Valley View Village and longed for a hot cafe au lait or hot chocolate of a lovely June morning? How often have your kids asked for ice cream on a hot August afternoon? Well, we have a solution! We are putting in a lovely Amish log cabin next to the Pavilion and we will be having local youth working to help you as…
Presented by Orient Land Trustand Artist Jude Bischoff Join this four day intensive painting workshop covering composition, drawing and painting techniques that will have you making beautiful paintings with no pre-planning or preconceived ideas. Jude believes in letting art flow from your soul like water from a mountain spring. July 28 through July 31, 2013 All paint and materials included, for more information contact Jude at 760-668-9408 View Jude’s work…
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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.