Natural Sanctuary

The properties protected by the Orient Land Trust bridge public lands that allow a rich diversity of wildlife to roam freely across the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range and out into the San Luis Valley. By preventing development and fostering mindful land practices, this open space has thrived to the benefit of all.

We are well known for our wildlife who live as comfortably and naturally as our visitors. Guests come here from across the country just to see Colorado's largest bat colony. They are frequently visited by deer and colorful birds. And some of our tiniest residents turn summer nights into an amazing show. 

In 1998 the Colorado Natural Heritage Program prepared a biological inventory study for The Nature Conservancy. In that study the Valley View Hot Springs and Orient Mine area was found to have high biodiversity significance. With the help of volunteers OLT is working to prepare a baseline for the lands under the control of OLT so that the success of preservation policies can be measured. OLT continues to work closely with concerned government agencies to ensure that the environment, including the water, plants and animals, particularly indigenous species, and all other components of the ecosystem, are protected. OLT will utilize tools such as habitat conservation and cooperative management plans to facilitate the goal of preserving the environment.

Fauna

Deer - Pronghorns - Deer visiting Soaking Pond - Carolyn Caplan Racoons - Teresa Seitz Squirrel - Brown Bear at Valley View, 2011 - Bull Snake in the Road - Jerry Kaiser Bobcat in the Everson Barn, 2011 - Jerry Kaiser Rio Grande Chub - Matthew Deer - John Lorenz Elk - Jerry Kaiser Sheep - Jerry Kaiser Deer - Stuart Sutton Buck on the Hillside - Jerry Kaiser Chipmunk -

Birds

Great Horned Owl - Great horned owl nest - Hawk - Jerry Kaiser Hawk - Crane - Jerry Kaiser Flicker bird - Camp Jay - Jerry Kaiser

Flora

Sunflowers - John Lorenz Sunlight breaking through the trees - Jerry Kaiser Flower - Jerry Kaiser Twisted branches in autumn - John Lorenz Poison Ivy - Teresa Seitz Tree leaves in autumn colors - John Lorenz Aspen leaves, close-up - John Lorenz Aspen Grove - John Lorenz Flower - Jerry Kaiser Cactus Flowers - Jerry Kaiser Cactus Flowers - Jerry Kaiser

 

 

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.