We are Closed Due to COVID-19 and Public Health Orders. We Will Keep you Posted on When We Will Be Able to Reopen.

On March 13th, 2020, Orient Land Trust and Valley View Hot Springs decided to close to the public as a precaution to mitigate spread of the new coronavirus virus. Then on March 25th, the State of Colorado issued a statewide Stay at Home order. Watch for updates.

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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, May 9th, 2017

New Recycling Stations

Many thanks to Robin and David from our housekeeping staff for the new upgrades to our recycling centers! New containers that are clearly marked and easy to access are set up at the Welcome Center, the Pavilion, Swimming Pool and Main Parking Area. In addition we've upgraded at Oak House, Sunset House and Spruce Lodge. You can help by separating your recycling, washing and placing it into the correct container.…
The Conservation Committee is having a two day weed pull June 13, 14, 2017, (Tuesday and Wednesday). Complimentary admission and tent camping for two nights is offered to those that can help out at least four hours each day. Save your slot; let us know if you can help.
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Ranch Roundup: BBQ and Brunch

Memorial Day weekend, May 27th and 28th, will kick off the start to a fun season of events held at Everson Ranch. Saturday evening Barbeques and Sunday morning brunch will be ongoing throughout the summer. It's about experiencing the real deal of connecting guests to the land and the origins of their food while building OLT community. A simple menu of our fresh farm foods that will vary depending on…
Monday, April 17th, 2017

Spring at the Ranch

Calling all green thumbs! Everson Ranch garden is starting up for it's second year of growing! We have been busy preparing the soil, putting up greenhouses and looking forward to another season of gardening fun! We have a big list of things to do ranging from construction projects to digging and organizing, seed sowing, and planting. There are plenty of opportunities for folks that want to help! We will even…
Monday, April 17th, 2017

Kids Science Camp 2017

Kids Science Camp 2017 is scheduled for July 23rd through the 27th. Our goals are to create awareness of environmental issues, resource sustainability, land and habitat conservation. Our program provides the opportunity to experience this unique environment, to expand knowledge of natural world and to instill a sense of stewardship and personal responsibility. We have reached full enrollment as of April 14th. Interested families may still add their names to…
Monday, April 17th, 2017

Bird Watching Workshop

Bird watching workshop scheduled for Saturday afternoon, May 20th and Sunday morning, May 21st. Explore Orient Land Trust with nature photographer and bird watcher Jim Welch. There is no charge for this workshop. Bird Fun Photography & Identification Workshop MAY 20TH & 21ST Saturday Afternoon 4:00 – 7:00 pm Sunday Morning 7:30 – 10:30 am Jim Welch, Wildlife Photographer Identify and record the different birds at Orient Land Trust by…
Monday, April 17th, 2017

Please Welcome Our New Staff

Next time you check into the Welcome Center, you may notice a few new faces! We'd like to welcome Zoe and Tina to the front desk staff and Jamie to our housekeeping staff. Also welcome Kim, Haven and Sarah who started in housekeeping this fall. Please say hello when you stop in.
  • 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.