Sunday, March 14th, 2021

Reservation Window going to Three Months

Saguache County is currently at level Blue-Caution. At this level we are capacity limited to 50 people, physical distancing required. On March first we opened up our reservation window to Supporter level members reserving for two months out. The first day we received a tsunami wave of phone calls, then things calmed down and returned to normal. This is not an April Fool's Day prank. On April first we will open up that window for Patron level or higher members to reserve three months out! This means that Friends will be able to reserve for the month of April, Supporters for April and May, Patrons for April, May & June. If April 1st phone lines are busy, please be patient and call back at a later time or leave a message and we will call you back in the order the calls came in.

We've received calls from members wanting to know when we will lift our restrictions now that people are getting vaccinated. Keep in mind that we have members who are still awaiting their turn for a vaccine, some who may choose to not be vaccinated and many travelers who visit from out-of-state and foreign countries. We will continue to follow CDC and our local health official recommendations. We will not require proof of vaccination, though it has been suggested. Physical distancing and mask wearing is still required. From our San Luis Valley Health Department: "It is more important than ever to continue to take precautions around others, wherever you are. Even though more people are getting vaccinated, we are not out of the woods yet. Whether you are traveling out of town or staying local, please continue to stay at least six feet away from others, wear a mask while indoors and in crowds, and wash your hands as much as possible."

We'll continue to require masks indoors and out as well as physical distancing around others who are not in your household. Wear your mask while on pool decks and walking outside where others are present, if you see another person, wear your mask! Pool capacity will remain the same for April with 6 of our smaller pools used by one household at a time and the three larger pools remain multi-family with physical distancing encouraged. Personal size gatherings remain at no more than 10 people from 2 different households. We will continue to limit the number of households per reservation and ask that, for the time being, you come with your family only.

Tent camping will open starting May 1, though we don't expect the pavilion kitchen to open fully until the end of May when we can turn on the outdoor water faucets. Please come prepared to cook at your site and store food in your vehicle. Communal spaces like the Sauna, Welcome Center and Oak House will remain closed.

As more folks get vaccinated and case numbers continue to decline, we look forward to the restrictions and capacities changing. You can get up to date information on our website or click this link to our Covid Guidelines: olt.org/guidelines

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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.