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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Some of the most exciting new additions at Everson Ranch this summer are the new honey bee hives. We have two hives with the Italian Strain and one hive of the Carniolan Strain. During the 1st year the colonies will build up their troops along with enough honey to get them through the winter, Next year we should be collecting honey and other products that the hives produce (including beeswax,…
Thank you Members! Each year, OLT celebrates and gives thanks for our members during Member Appreciation Weekend. Anyone can become a member and no members are turned away. With so many fun-lovin' folks, we ask everyone to park down the road from the Welcome Center and be especially mindful of one another and our delicate space. Our supply of ice is limited and we encourage sharing tent spaces whenever possible.…
OLT is thrilled to have this wonderful event at the Everson Ranch. To learn more about it contact Rustic Roots directly. Rustic Roots campfire jamming camp announces its 7th year, at the Everson Ranch in the San Luis Valley - August 7-13, 2017. Join Enion & David Pelta-Tiller (Taarka), Jake Schepps (Round Window Radio), Sandra Wong, Ian Haegele (Thunder and Rain), Joy Adams & Andy Reiner (Half Pelican / Whitewater…
We wish to introduce 5 licensed therapists at Valley View and hope you will make an advance appointment to ensure your treatment while you are here. Contact your therapist directly to schedule. We have a great team...offering multiple massage modalities, watsu and reflexology.When you arrive, check to see which therapist is on call for the day you desire and call them for an appointment, or call your favorite therapist directly…
This Intern program is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Mary and Ben Eiseman Education Fund at Orient Land Trust. The Eiseman family states, "For the interns, there is a financial reward for their efforts. They will also have the opportunity to learn the values of character that come from labor within a team environment. These should include how to be on time, how to work with a…
Don't miss this opportunity to explore the Orient Land Trust with wildlife photographer Jim Welch! There is no fee for our educational tours, please pre-register at the welcome center.
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.…


Sat 7/20/24 9:00 am - 2:00 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.

For the education, enjoyment, and well-being of current and future generations, Orient Land Trust: 
promotes a positive clothing-optional experience at all properties including Valley View Hot Springs, Orient Mine and Everson Ranch;
preserves the viewshed, including land acquisition; 
protects natural, wild, agricultural, and historic resources, in the northern San Luis Valley.


  • 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.