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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Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

What's Happening at the Everson Ranch

This year brought numerous land revitalization projects to OLT's Everson Ranch. Pastures that were almost barren, this year produced a harvestable crop of hay. Sixty large bales were gleaned from the north pasture with a "street value" of about $3500 to $5000 (though this initial batch will remain with us for our animals). Still, a very good beginning! "Our animals" are five horses, five pigs, a dozen chickens and a…
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Does Your Employer Match Donations?

A gift to OLT that is matched by your employer goes twice as far in supporting our mission, delivering twice the punch! Please ask your employer if they match donations to nonprofits, specifically your donation to OLT! Arrange at your workplace or call Pam Nelson, OLT's Development Director at 719-298-2289 and she will call your employer's Matching Gifts coordinator for you. Employers from whom OLT has received matching gifts in…
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

An Introduction to Naturism

According to the international definition adopted by the XIV Congress of the International Naturist Federation, naturism is "a lifestyle in harmony with nature, expressed through social nudity, and characterized by self-respect of people with different opinions and [respect for] the environment.'' From Wikipedia.org] Valley View Hot Springs (VVHS) has a strong tradition of personal freedom and a sense of community that has created a very loyal following over the last…
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

2013 Accomplishments

Organizational Capacity Building, Facilities, Education, Partnerships, Conservation
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

2013 Donor Acknowledgements

OLT would like to acknowledge the membership community who carried us through 2013. It's only through your dedicated and generous support that we can preserve this amazing place and all it holds. Thank you! Land Stewards Mary Eiseman Philanthropists Doug Bates (Staff), Debra Hoffman (Board), Karen McLaughlin & Mark Schubin, Charles Zeis Benefactors Jeff Baysinger, John Belskis & Elizabeth Sweeney, Ed Cannon, Judy & Peter Carroll, Kenneth Coombs, Sam Duncan,…
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

2012 Annual Report

This annual report is taken from the audit performed by an independent auditor ofOrient Land Trust's 2012 financial data. Revenue and other support 2012 2011 Program Revenue 730,555 701,380 Individual Contributions 176,152 133,210 Merchandise Net Sales 10,571 13,044 Government Grants 0 11,942 Special Events - net income 378 5,374 Program Fees 0 6,572 Investment Income 956 1,320 Foundation Grants 0 500 Other Income 380 401 Gain (loss) on asset dispositions…
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

From the Treasurer

It is autumn at the springs. The warm water still bubbles up, the mountains tower above the valley, and the leaves are blowing around. The summer was busy. Rains finally arrived and rinsed the air and settled the dust. I'm feeling grateful for the springs, the people that hold us up, and the strength of the natural world. One friend reminded me that this is one of the most beautiful…
  • 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.