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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Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Helping Introduce Naturism

Social nudity is certainly nothing new here. The tradition is common at hot springs and was documented back to the miners who often enjoyed these warm waters after a hard day's work. Naturism, as we know it today, was undoubtedly the sensible choice for soaking when Ute tribes flourished here the Valley. But over time, clothing came to represent much more than its functional use, becoming a cultural expectation even in…
Orient Land Trust (OLT) staff and volunteers joined three representatives from The Nature Conservancy on July 29th and 30th for the annual assessment of the conservation easement on the ranch and hot springs properties. For those who haven't heard, the OLT has partnered with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to place a conservation easement on 1,270 acres encompassing the ranch and hot springs. This easement was implemented in 2010 to ensure…
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Let's Party for OLT

Do you like to host parties and events? Do you belong to a private club, civic organization or have an "in" with a unique venue that could host an OLT themed fundraising event for little or no cost? We would also like to find hosts on the Front Range and in Colorado and New Mexico who could hold a benefit event for OLT. Dan Jones is hosting a small Garden…
Monday, July 28th, 2014

WWTP Fundraiser

First, we would love to hear from you if you would be interested in sharing your art inspired by OLT (plein air, paintings, photographs, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, etc.) with the Resource Development Committee for a fundraiser to be held in October (date to be announced next month). Contact Martin Jolley.   Second, hold the date of October 4th: Here at the Fritz in Salida. John Lorenz photographs of and around OLT.…
Monday, July 28th, 2014

In the Silence Descending

Honoring Orient Land Trust Earth's crust waxes thin in our desert,a skin of hot waters rising, sparse rainscooling this patchwork of pinon and sage,pounding forces too star-staged to fight.And so we roll like morning light,like dunes, like ant hills, like the wavesof the one-time sea nowdisappeared into our aquifer, crystal-centered. In the silence descending from the Sangresthe rhythms grow obviousas the petite sunflowers lining our dirt roads.Anything but blank, our…
Come join OLT and its Board of Directors at the pavilion for lunch and more!  It's no secret. OLT's membership cares tremendously for the organization and its direction. Our volunteer board is comprised of people just like you! They care passionately, bring diverse experience, listen attentively, and work together to see the best possible future for this special organizaiton and place. Board meetings are always open to the public, but…
Overall, OLT's funds are recovering steadily and things are looking good! We're seeing more visitors lately and hitting our capacity quota more often. Members are expressing support as donations increase through a variety of fundraising opportunities and events. And we're already reserving funds to carry us through the slow season, carefully tending to all of our delicate resources. We can't thank our members enough. by Doug Bishop, Executive Director
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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.


  • 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.