Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Helping Introduce Naturism

Social nudity is certainly nothing new here. The tradition is common at hot springs and was documented back to the miners who often enjoyed these warm waters after a hard day's work. Naturism, as we know it today, was undoubtedly the sensible choice for soaking when Ute tribes flourished here the Valley. But over time, clothing came to represent much more than its functional use, becoming a cultural expectation even in settings where fabric was impractical and irksome.

Naturism is arguably OLT's most successful and unique distinction, giving guests new found confidence, self-esteem, and a deep personal connection with nature. Here in America, it's rare and often misunderstood. For many, the clothing-optional atmosphere is more remarkable than the incredible wildlife, off-grid facilities, the state's largest bat migration, or even the all natural spring waters that brought them here to begin with. Most new visitors are pleasantly suprised that social decency isn't shed along with our clothes. If anything, the naturist community is more kind and considerate.

To help orient newcomers, OLT now offers a helpful guide to naturism. It can be printed and shared with friends to help address some of the more common questions and concerns. As always, our friendly staff and community are always happy to help introduce this or any of our unique programs.

Read more online at

Naturism Guide, printed

Naturism at OLT
Social Nudity in Nature

(printable guide for sharing, Adobe PDF format)

Last modified on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 17:34

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.