Limited Reopening - August 3rd

Reservations required. No walk-ins! Capacity and pool access is limited.

New office hours, departure time, and gate entry hours.

Staff and phone lines will be very busy. Thank you for your patience.

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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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Saturday, November 18th, 2017

2016 Annual Report

Annual Report to Audited Financials and IRS 990 We've streamlined our presentation of the Annual Report for 2016 and included links to the full Audit Report with graphs and the IRS Form 990 for the first time This provides the most detailed information about OLT's financial health and well being for 2016. We have been sending regular monthly email newsletter updates (archived on the website) which include information and highlights…
Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Colorado Gives Day: December 5

For those that would like to boost their donation amount with what is added through the proportional match that is available through Colorado Gives, see their website for more details. Colorado Gives
Just as we have done for many years, we are closing the hot springs to guests for the 4 weeks of December 1 through December 28. We will be open again on December 29. This December we plan on implementing the new database and reservation system. Therefore, we will not be answering the phones for one week, December 4 through 11. Please don't call during this week and wait until…
Everyone here has an obligation to communicate their expectations and extend the inclusive sense of community. If someone in the pool with you asks you to speak more softly, that is the person directly impacted by your behavior. OLT has deliberately avoided a long list of specific rules and regulations; we don't want to be that kind of place and we don't enjoy the role of enforcer. Simply stated, the…
Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Pumpkin Goodness from Everson Ranch

"The Pumpkin is a uniquely American plant, widely regarded as one of the most magical plants in all the world." -Seth Adams, Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern. Plenty of pumpkins from the garden are still available for purchase. Only $2 each!! Also, fresh from the ranch kitchen and sold in the welcome center throughout the cold months- A variety of yummy pumpkin foods including baked goods and hummus!
Front Yard Concert and Picnic with Chimney Choir at OLT's Everson Ranch Saturday October 14, 2017 2 pm-4 pm You are invited to Scott and Cynthia's twist on the "house concert" with Chimney Choir, one of our favorite bands. Join us in the picturesque front yard of the the ranch house for great music under the big tent. Bring your own picnic-food and drink, blankets or chairs, we'll provide the…
Friday, October 13th, 2017

Everson Ranch Harvest Dinner

This years Harvest Dinner was a wonderful event with great food & music. The Flying W Wranglers performed their traditional cowboy music to an appreciative crowd. RustingRam Catering served an incredible farm to table dinner showing off the bounty of the ranch garden, greenhouse and fields. Thank you to all our Everson Ranch Staff and Volunteers who worked throughout the year taking care of the animals, tilling the soil, planting…
  • 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.