Limited Reopening - August 3rd

Reservations required. No walk-ins! Capacity and pool access is limited.

New office hours, departure time, and gate entry hours.

Staff and phone lines will be very busy. Thank you for your patience.

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The Orient Land Trust is a non-profit land trust created around Valley View Hot Springs, its unique culture and environment.

With the Orient Mine and Everson Ranch, we now protect 2,200 acres, its wildlife corridor, pristine spring waters, hiking trails, rustic cabins, and camping. Visitors of all ages and walks of life enjoy free educational programs, clothing-optional naturist open space, geothermal warmth, hydroelectric energy, and Colorado's largest bat colony.  Read more...

Guidelines Rates and Reservations Bat Tours

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Appreciating the Priceless Gift

For more than 40 years, our second home has been Valley View Hot Springs and OLT. Over the years, when we thought about buying or building a place in the mountains, we always came back to "Why would we want to do that? We have Valley View." Recently, in an Orient Land Trust (OLT) External Affairs Committee meeting, we were discussing a topic that has been on the minds of…
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Stay Vigilant

Valley View has been open for seven weeks. The plan seems to be working fairly well. Having a reduced capacity makes it feel spacious and relaxed. The one area that could use improvement is wearing masks. Some people are a little too relaxed about this detail, which is the one thing we can do to dramatically reduce the risk. One person related that it was confusing as to when to…
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Bon Voyage Dear Friend

OLT says goodbye to long time patron, member and dear friend, Germaine Fraley. Since 1997, Germaine Fraley has been a Patron and Member of Valley View Hot Springs and then in 2001, Orient Land Trust. Most likely longer than that, but that's as far as our records go back! A strong woman with a big smile, Germaine was down to earth, friendly and honest. She is someone who always told…
Thursday, July 30th, 2020

Valley View Re-opening August 3rd

Orient Land Trust is reopening Valley View Hot Springs, Monday, August 3, 2020! (Limited capacity, pre-paid reservations required, overnight admissions only) There are new office hours. There will initially be many calls, your patience is greatly appreciated. We will only be taking reservations for one month out. If you want to reserve a date in September or October, please wait until 30 days before your desired date of arrival to…
Thursday, July 30th, 2020

Member Appreciation Weekend?

You may notice on the calendar that MAW (Member Appreciation Weekend) is still showing. Obviously, we can't have the event that everyone looks forward to every year. Having people dancing for hours in the Pavilion is just not in the cards. We would like to do something to recognize and appreciate the members so we are leaving it there. If nothing else, realize that you, the members, are appreciated. Your…
Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

Letter to Members

Dear Members,As many of you have heard, Orient Land Trust is planning on reopening Valley View Hot Springs in August. We have a few things yet to do to prepare for that day. Currently our staff is furloughed to save OLT valuable resources during the time of closure. No one is in the office to answer the phone or your emails. We have 4,000 members and I would love to…
This weekend, the hot springs will not be open so we will not be able to welcome the general public in person. It has been many months since the board members were able to meet in person. The meeting will be available on the internet but the quality of sound may be marginal as we will be physically distanced and wearing masks. Join us on Zoom to follow along. If…
  • Naturism by Neil & Terry Seitz, FoundersHistory of Naturism at OLT
  • Words of Wisdom by Neil & Terry Seitz, FoundersSharing experience and wisdom that helped sustain this special place through the decades.

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.

Values

  • Dedication to inclusiveness and the public good
  • Accountability to a diverse public community and maintaining their trust
  • Social and environmental justice beyond mandates
  • Respect for the worth and dignity of individuals and nature
  • Embracing naturism through practice and education
  • Modeling collaborative pluralism, transparency, integrity and honesty
  • Pledging excellence and responsibility in stewarding resources
  • Encouraging lifelong learning

Goals

  • Visitor Space Protection and Management: Maintain and protect Valley View Hot Springs as an affordable, peaceful and family-friendly clothing-optional recreational facility that enhances the visitor experience year round.
  • Conservation and Preservation: Follow the highest possible standards for land preservation, agricultural practices, and energy and water conservation.
  • Research and Education: Facilitate scientific research around OLT resources, and promote educational programs and activities suitable for adults and children.
  • Staff Development and Community Relations: Maintain OLT as a responsible citizen of the San Luis Valley.