Saturday, March 5th, 2016

A Few Thoughts from Housekeeping

Evette & Robin Evette & Robin Doug Bishop

Recognition, Respect, Responsibility
  -- Neil and Terry Seitz (Founders of Valley View Hot Springs & Orient Land Trust)

Welcome! Now that you have discovered and enjoyed a little "Heaven on Earth", you are also a steward of Valley View Hot Springs, and Orient Land Trust. Recognize where you are and how your presence affects the place and the people here with you. Act respectfully to the water, the land, and other people. Be responsible for what you say, what you do, and, the attitude you demonstrate.

Punxsutawney Phil sees an early spring, and we are certainly seeing evidence of it here at Valley View Hot Springs! Visitation is up again for the first two months of 2016. More people are coming to the hot springs and they are coming more often. Good for us, yes? Maybe, it's a mixed blessing. We're glad that others are finding the hot springs attractive but it does mean some extra pressures on the fragile and small ecosystem. What does this mean to you?

Consider a more conscientious approach to your visit. Adopt a "pack in--pack out" way of thinking. The collection space for recyclables and refuse is limited. To dispose of recyclables entails a TWO HUNDRED MILE round trip! Additionally, the volume of trash accumulated is tremendous. We appreciate any effort to alleviate the burden of the land trust handling recyclables and trash as we strive to maintain the natural beauty.

Everyone loves their pet. However, not everyone loves the other guys pet. Orient Land Trust allows pets. We walk the fine line between including what is to many another member of the family while recognizing that pets can cause problems. Some of the recurring complaints associated with pet visitation are: barking, aggressiveness, dog poop, animals in the pools, dog hair, and many people's allergies to name a few. Pets have an impact on wildlife, our grounds, the serenity, the peace and quiet. It also affects the land, water, and other visitors. If your pet isn't a good fit, consider the effects and make other arrangements. Thank you for using the provided dog poop bags!

Perhaps most importantly, please vacate your accommodation by NOON on the day of your departure. Housekeeping and Grounds Maintenance are busy and work hard to make sure all accommodations are clean and ready by four o'clock every afternoon. You can help by being out of your accommodation by noon on the day you check out. As always, please stay and play, soak and relax until 10 p.m. on your last day.

"Heaven on Earth" depends on YOU!

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Last modified on Monday, 07 March 2016 17:04

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.