Valley View Hot Springs is Open with Limited Capacity and COVID Restrictions

Reservations are required. No walk-ins! Pool access may be limited.

Reduced Office Hours - Check-in times - Departure time.

Limited capacity. Reservations, for day use and overnight admissions, require payment in advance.

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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...

Guidelines Rates and Reservations Bat Tours

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Crestone Energy Fair

The weekend of August 28, 29, and 30 was the Crestone Energy Fair. Orient Land Trust is a participant again this year. On Sunday, August 30, OLT conducted a hydroelectric tour to four interested participants of the Energy Fair.
Friday, August 28th, 2015

Membership Dinner & Fundraiser

Second AnnualOLT Membership Dinner & Fundraiser Presentations by DOUG BISHOP - OLT Executive DirectorJAY SIMS - Geologist & Earth Sciences Professor at University of Arkansas, Little RockKIRK NAVO - Retired, Wildlife Conservation Biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife Friday, October 9, 2015 Radisson Hotel 3155 S. Vaughn WayAurora, CO (I-225 & Parker Rd.) 5:30 - Cash Bar6:30 - Dinner Cost: $35 per person7:00 - OLT Report to Members & Speaker…
Monday, August 10th, 2015

2014 Annual Report

OLT members have been accustomed for many years to receiving a Fall Newsletter. We are transitioning, alternatively, to an Annual Report which communicates about our activities and accomplishments over the ENTIRE past year instead of just ¾ of it as the Fall newsletter did. An Annual Report is also the only published document that lists and recognizes our donors through year-end since this information is not required in OLT's IRS…
Save the Date for OLT"s Second Annual Membership Dinner in south Denver at the Radisson Hotel near I-225 South and Parker Rd on Friday, October 9. The goal of the dinner is to raise funds to wrap up our Wastewater Treatment Facilities upgrades campaign, We still need nearly $100,000 to finish paying for this large but necessary project. Cash bar opens at 5:30 pm with Dinner at 6:30 pm followed…
Thursday, August 6th, 2015

“Everson Ranch Goodness”

Brand launched with new products! OLT's Everson Ranch now has its own brand name and logo thanks to the creativity of Geneva Mixon (OLT's recent Board Chair), Cherrye Williams (OLT"s Office Manager), and Mike O'Donal (Everson Ranch Manager). The idea for the label name, "Everson Ranch Goodness", germinated with Mike and Cherrye. Geneva captured the concept in a wonderful new logo depicting the ranch and its role at OLT. The…
Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Science Camp Smiles

The Science Camp this year had more participants. We rearranged the schedule to provide more time for the young scientists to spend time with their families. Parents remarked that they liked the schedule better. In the morning, we met for an hour or two. Sometimes we swam, one morning we had a geology hike at the mine, picking up rocks and looking at unusual formations. One morning there was a…
Lots of rain, tall grass, bright sun, early summer. Add them all together and you get gnats and mosquitoes and sunburn. Nobody likes them. The bats will help with the bugs. The warm weather encourages us to shed our clothes and enjoy the warmth of summer. Sunblock protects us from sunburn and repellents help keep the pests away. However, we are at the top of a watershed and what we…


Sat 10/16/21 9:00 am - 2:00 pm


Sat 1/22/22 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.

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.