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Friday, 28 May 2021 12:15

Sharing Pools and Ponds

OLT's Response to the Latest CDC, Colorado State and Local Health Department Guidelines, Effective May 28, 2021 

Office Hours: 

Our office is open daily from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm for reservations. 
Guest check-in time is: 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm, accommodations are guaranteed by 4:00 pm. 
Guests check out from accommodation and hot springs at 12:00 noon. 
Gates are closed at 9:00 pm and there is no admittance until 1:00 pm the following day. 

Updated Jan 29, 2022:
Our office is open daily from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm for reservations.
Overnight guests can arrive anytime between 11:00 am and 9:00 pm, Tent campers are able to get set up any time, Vehicle sites are available after 12 noon and indoor accommodations are guaranteed by 4 pm. Campsites and Accommodations must be vacated by 12 noon on the day of departure, all departing guests off OLT property by 4 pm.
Day Visitors can check-in between 11 am and 6 pm departing by 8 pm.
Gates are closed at 9:00 pm and there is no admittance or re-entry until 11:00 am the following day.

Valley View Hot Springs reopened on August 3, 2020 after being closed for four months due to the pandemic. We adjusted our guidelines in February this year in response to the winter temperatures and COVID19 situation. We are happy to report that we are now looking at changes based on the latest CDC, state and local health department guidelines. As more of us have chosen to be vaccinated, outdoor temperatures are warming and the risk of outdoor exposure to COVID19 in our environment at the hot springs is low for vaccinated and unvaccinated guests alike, our guidelines will now include the following:

  • We will continue to recognize reduced overall capacity, closures of communal spaces like the sauna, Welcome Center and will update when we can safely make adjustments.
  • We will continue to be open to guests staying overnight only, but if we are successful in the following guidelines, we hope to offer limited numbers of day passes soon.
  • Staff and Guests will not be required to be vaccinated and so we are sharing space with those that are vaccinated and those that are not. All spaces that are open will be open to all guests.
  • No sign in board at heated pools
  • Guests will be responsible to monitor their pool use as far as the number of people in specific pools are concerned (with physical distancing in mind) so even more sensitivity to others will be necessary to share the space in ways that make fellow guests comfortable and do not cause negative impacts for others.
  • Remember many of your fellow guests would still like to enjoy soaking alone.
  • Sharing space in the pools and ponds with other guests outside your reservation and household is now possible (with physical distancing in mind) and will be up to guests themselves to negotiate as their own comfort level dictates. This has always been an important component of the sharing culture at OLT.
  • Be aware of spending too much time in the smaller pools and ponds so all guests have opportunities to soak in a way they would like and be open to communicating your needs as others are responsible for doing the same. Again, this has always been an important aspect of the Valley View culture.
  • We continue to encourage adherence to quiet hours, refraining from inappropriate sexual activity and drunkenness.
  • Mask use outdoors is not required, but still encouraged around others.

Membership is required to make an advanced reservation. Depending on the benefits of your membership level you can reserve one, two or three months in advance. Non-members can reserve 24 hours in advance.

Please read our Covid Guidelines before calling and making a reservation. Many things have changed since the pandemic, so be proactive and prepared before you visit. Not all of our COVID guidelines are consistent with our community values which have evolved over the years, but we value your cooperation in taking steps to a fuller expression of those values, under the circumstances. Again, your cooperation is crucial to our being open and we appreciate your support. See the new COVID Guidelines below.

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Friday, 28 May 2021 12:11

Warmer Weather!

Even though we had a little snow in the morning this week, the weather is getting warmer. Pleasant soaking temperatures and summer are coming! More and more people are getting vaccinated and though it is still early, we may be seeing the pandemic start to fade. In the meantime, please continue to be vigilant, wear your masks around other people, and maintain some physical distance when in the pools.

We want to take this opportunity to remind everyone regarding some details that might have an effect on your plans.

Pool Cleaning

The Swimming Pool is cleaned every Wednesday and is closed for that process. The pool is closed by 9:00 AM and re-opened about 9:00 PM every Wednesday. The heated pools are cleaned every Thursday. The Apple Tree Pools are closed for a few hours every Thursday starting about 12:00 Noon and re-opening about 4:00 PM.

Warm Weather Amenities

Now that nighttime temperatures are milder, we are opening up the Pavilion sink, the outdoor sinks at the Main Bath and the Food Storage Cabin. Please bring your own dishes and pots and pans. For the short term, please bring your own bedding, pillows, and blankets. As always, bring your own towels.

Smoke Hut

The Smoke Hut is still closed. The spring winds were strong and blew it into pieces. We are rebuilding in a new location closer to the Pavilion and the Swimming Pool. For now, smoking is allowed only inside your own vehicle.


Night sky tours are resuming. Our astronomer, Mark, is going to open the observatory every other weekend. The schedule can change depending on weather and other unknowns. If you are here on one of his weekends, take the opportunity to gaze at the night sky. For the time being, we are limiting the number of people at the telescope. There is a sign-in board.

Friday, 28 May 2021 12:01

Job Opportunity

Orient Land Trust is considering hiring a seasonal employee for the Everson Ranch. If you are interested, call to receive a job description. Applications are available. Briefly, this is a seasonal, part time position of 10 to 15 hours per week. Tasks are related to animal care, gardening, fencing, and other ranch chores.


Friday, 28 May 2021 11:56

Naked Gardening

Nothing could stop these fearless gardeners from participating in the fun and light hearted activity of naked gardening at the Everson Ranch this year. In 2019 we had about 25-30 eager gardeners, last year the event was canceled due to Covid. This year we had 8 participants that contributed with their muscles, humor and laughter while being accompanied by live music (thank you Mark) and teaming up to plant bulbs, remove grass, and weed. Thank you for showing up even though Valley View could not lodge all of you since we are still operating at reduced capacity. Thank you to these hearty 8 gardeners . May they double in numbers like the daffodils do every year and make 2022 a greater success.

Gardener and Ranch Caretaker

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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.