Saturday, May 11th, 2013

New Developments Around OLT Policies and Procedures

In order to keep all our visitors safe and sound, happy and content, we are enforcing our long standing rules and changing some others.

The most important thing for everyone to remember is the baseline of Respect, Recognition and Responsibility. Have respect for yourself and others. Look around and recognize the needs of others and the effect your behavior is having on them. Take responsibility for your actions. If everyone does this, OLT will be a better place. Indeed, the world will be a better place.

As all of you know who have visited in the last months, all OLT/Valley View Hot Springs visitors must show a valid, government-issued identification upon arrival. This insures the safety of all of our guests and helps us find you in case of an emergency.

We've always had a quota for the amount of people allowed onsite on any given day which insures that OLT remains a peaceful and less-crowded alternative to other hot springs. Due to an increase in problems with improperly managed pets, we have found ourselves spending many hours dealing with dog issues. We have looked at all different ways of addressing this issue, including banning dogs altogether. However, we love dogs and so are going to try some other measures first. As of now we are only allowing two pets per accommodation or camp site. Please let us know when making reservations if you plan on bringing your pet with you. OLT reserves the right to turn away any visitors who do not reserve a space for their pet ahead of time. Also, pet fees have increased recently and are as follows: $5 per pet for day visitors; $10 per pet for tent and vehicle campers and $15 per pet for those reserving cabins. A $50 deposit per pet is held upon arrival in case of damages or pet rules violations. As always, pets are not allowed in the Oak House or at the Sunset House. So, if you book those accommodations, please make other arrangements for your pet off-site during your stay. For their safety, we do not allow pets to remain in vehicles, and only well-behaved pets are allowed on OLT property. As always, please, please pick up your dogs' poop! Please help us keep OLT open to our canine companions!

In the past we have allowed members to maintain a tab during their stay and pay their balance before leaving. We're sorry to announce that all admission fees must now be paid upon arrival before entry to the hot springs. A valid credit card (or a $100 cash deposit) must also be kept on file in the event of possible damages or guideline violations. We're sorry for any inconvenience.

As always, OLT is a family oriented organization and kids are everywhere. Please keep all sexual behavior in your private accommodations. This behavior is not allowed at the pools, the sauna or the bunks at the Oak House – nowhere but your private accommodations. Overt sexual behavior elsewhere is grounds for immediate and permanent exclusion from OLT. Thank you so much for your cooperation.

Last modified on Saturday, 11 May 2013 07:13

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