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...

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Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Kid’s Day - July 30

You know how every year we have a Member's Appreciation Weekend that is so fun, but no kids come? Well, this year, in addition to that marvelous party, we will have a Kid's Weekend! The weekend of July 30, we will have all kinds of kids in attendance and things for those kids to do in addition to swimming, wallowing in mud, chasing damselflies, diving for gnome stones, and worshipping…
SO much is happening! We are pursuing the evolution of the 150 year old Everson Ranch into an educational and agricultural center for the Orient Land Trust and the San Luis Valley. If you have been to the Ranch, you know the beautiful ancient ranch buildings: Barns, sheep sheds, bunk house, loafing sheds. We are going to build these buildings from within, leaving the beautiful, authentic historical facades wherever we…
Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Corporate Partners Program

With Pam, our new Development Director, we are in the process of creating a Corporate Partners Program to engage the local and regional business community with OLT's broader mission of supporting economic, agricultural, and ranching sustainability for the San Luis Valley. Incentives, both advertising and program opportunities, will be offered for varying levels of support which in the future might even include business, education, and conservation leadership retreats and camps…
OLT has hired Pamela Nelson as our new Director of Development to bring in funding for all our new exciting programs! Pam will help us to secure funds through various strategies to deliver additional revenue streams. Pam comes to the San Luis Valley from Denver where she was engaged in consulting projects and brings almost twenty years of development experience, including three years as Director of Advancement at the Lancaster…
Saturday, May 11th, 2013

News from the Board of Directors

The next meeting of the Board will be July 20 beginning at 9am at the Everson Ranch. This is our annual outreach meeting and we hope everyone will join us at the ranch for the meeting, free lunch at 12:30 p.m. followed by Q&A time with the Board and special presentations about holistic range management, water systems, permaculture gardens, and more! This is a great opportunity to learn about OLT,…
Thursday, April 4th, 2013


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  • 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.

For the education, enjoyment, and well-being of current and future generations, Orient Land Trust: 
promotes a positive clothing-optional experience at all properties including Valley View Hot Springs, Orient Mine and Everson Ranch;
preserves the viewshed, including land acquisition; 
protects natural, wild, agricultural, and historic resources, in the northern San Luis Valley.


  • 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


  • 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.