OLT - Items filtered by date: October 2019
Tuesday, 19 November 2019 10:35

Closed December 1–December 28

Every December the hot springs closes for four weeks. Some people think we get to take it easy during this time. The truth is that we are quite busy. We have projects that can only be done while we are closed. Last year we installed geothermal heat in Oak House, installed new windows in Oak House, replaced the heating elements in the heater that provides heated water to the hot pools, as well as thorough cleaning of all the buildings. There are times when we monitor the phones and keep in touch with people trying to make reservations. There are times that we do not answer the phones.

We re-open on December 29 and are open for New Year's Eve. These four weeks are the only time that the hot springs is closed. A staff member is present for oversight. The grounds, pools, and wildlife enjoy the peace and quiet and the regeneration that accompanies the emptiness and reduction in human impact. Thank you for your understanding.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 10:35

Pavilion Kitchen

During the warm months of summer, the Pavilion Kitchen is a spacious place to prepare food, enjoy the company of friends, and clean your dishes. As the weather gets cold, the sink needs to be shut off and the Food Storage Cabin gets used for the healing work of the massage therapists. The Pavilion sinks are turned off during the last week of October. Pots, pans, and utensils are stored away for the winter. We may have wood fires in the Pavilion in the evenings depending on what the county allows. The community kitchen in the Oak House is still available. Be aware that there will normally be a wait time for your turn in the Oak House kitchen. Quiet hours begin at 10:00 PM and cooking after that time is discouraged. If you are camping, a propane or white gas stove gives you more independence for food preparation. No wood fires or charcoal grills please. There is a kitchen sink in the Main Bath for washing dishes.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 10:34

Ranch Museum Open

At Everson Ranch, we have yet to perfect the time machine, but if you take a walk through the old 1880s side of the ranch, you can still get a vivid glimpse into the past.

One of the big projects at the ranch this summer has been the clean-up of the old barn areas. As old boards were moved and tumbleweed were tossed aside, treasures were found strewn across the area. Old farm artifacts, some over a century old, have been unearthed and put on display. Old smokers, wagon wheels, pulleys, horseshoes, wood peg door frames, skulls, oil cans, hand forged nails and much more make up our new walk through ranch 'museum'.

Four attached storage rooms line the barns, and all of the objects that were found in each were salvaged and displayed in the room they were found, thereby allowing the story of the ranch to come into a fuller picture. From the old paint/oil can storage space to the old butcher shop, the past starts to come into focus as the work progresses.

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.