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Friday, 13 March 2020 12:31

Closed to Guests Due to COVID-19

Beginning noon Friday, March 13, 2020, Orient Land Trust—Valley View Hot Springs has closed to the public due to the COVID-19 virus.  We are being proactive to protect our community and staff. 

Relevant details:

  • Our hot springs water sources are natural springs. 
  • The pools and ponds have no added chemical disinfection. 
  • Our kitchens and bathrooms are communal spaces.

The Governor of Colorado has declared a state of emergency and cases in Colorado and the United States have the potential to grow exponentially. We encourage everyone to follow the recommendations addressing the spread of the virus that include social distancing. Closing the hot springs is a logical early step we take in our efforts to protect everyone. 

We wish everyone a safe and healthy future.  We are canceling all reservations through March. We will closely watch the developments. We will provide updates as we have more information, including being able to re-open when the danger to public health has passed.


Take everyday actions to protect yourself and those you love

  • There are effective ways to reduce the risk to yourself and the people you care about.

    • Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

    • Stay home if you’re sick, and keep your children home if they are sick.

    • Clean surfaces in your home, and personal items such as cell phones, using regular household products.

  • Be calm and prepared.

  • ​People who are not sick do not need face masks to protect themselves from respiratory viruses, including COVID-19. Ill people should wear a mask to protect family members or in any scenario where needed to prevent the spread of germs. [SEE UPDATED GUIDANCE 4/4/2020]

source: CDPHE



CDC: Coronavirus and Travel in the United States

CDPHE: Information on the Outbreak of COVID-19
CDPHE: Coronavirus Guidance and Information
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Local Resources (Colorado): 
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NMDOH: Coronavirus Guidance and Information

Saguache County: Resource Information Updates



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Feeding America

Kids Science Camp is scheduled for July 26 - 30 this year! We are trying a new process to register your child, a lottery! Camp is for kids ages 6 - 11! Camp is limited to 30 kids.
New this year, Youth Conservation Corps! We are expanding our program for youth ages 12 through 15. They will be participating in three in-depth workshops: 1) Solar Car Race, 2) Bats and Raptors migratory patterns, 3) Astronomy! YCC is scheduled for August 2 - 6 and is limited to 16 youth.
The Lottery will take place on March 15th so be sure to have your registration in before 10 am on Sunday, March 15th. Any one who does not get in will automatically go on our wait list.
Rosie Rosenberg

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.