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

Are you looking to get away and enjoy an extended stay in nature? Would you give a few hours a day towards our cause? Consider volunteering at Valley View Hot Springs or the historic Everson Ranch. Valley View volunteers are dedicated to keeping our natural setting peaceful, beautiful, and operating efficiently. Volunteers assist us with a myriad of details that keep things flowing smoothly and we count on volunteers to…
Tuesday, March 5th, 2024

Annual Weed Pull May 22 & 23rd

It's that time again! Every year, a group of dedicated volunteers participate in our annual weed pull! This is an opportunity to get your hands dirty and reduce the noxious weed population. Noxious weeds are "non-native invasive plants that displace desirable vegetation and degrade natural and agricultural lands. They threaten our drinking water supply, crops, pasture lands, and native habitats." Most of the weeds we pull are from the state…
It has surprised us on many occasions to hear guests advising other guests with incorrect information. There have been a few changes over the past 4 years that may not be familiar to everyone. This is an attempt to get everyone on the same page, Veterans and First Time Guests. Please take a few minutes to read the guidelines and information for planning a visit. If you ever have questions…
Saturday, November 11th, 2023

Join the OLT Board

WANT TO GIVE BACK? BECOME AN ORIENT LAND TRUST (OLT) BOARD MEMBER: OLT's current board of director's goal is to ensure that the vision and mission of OLT are met by working closely with OLT staff to keep things spinning like a smooth-running hydro generator creating energy that electrifies all visitors! Perhaps this season may include you applying to be on the Orient Land Trust executive board. It is our…
Saturday, November 11th, 2023

Pack it In, Pack it Out

YOU BRING IT, YOU TAKE IT HOME We ask everyone to come pretty self-contained with food, drink, towels, robes; if you're camping, cookware and dishes. Hats are a great alternative to sunscreen. One particular item that people bring and tend to leave behind are pool toys and noodles. Please take them home with you. We do our best to manage and dispose of recyclable materials responsibly, but it requires a…
Saturday, November 11th, 2023

Welcome New Staff, Farewell to Others

One very familiar and welcoming face that is no longer going to be greeting guests is Cherrye's. She and husband Mike are relocating to Maine. They have both been an integral part of Orient Land Trust / Valley View Hot Springs. Those of you who know Cherrye may not be as familiar with Mike. You have surely enjoyed his contributions. He was a main builder of the Apple Tree ponds…
Saturday, November 11th, 2023

Valley View Electricity

All of the electricity at the hot springs is supplied by a hydroelectric plant that has limited production capability. Our kilowatts are over allocated. Many people would like hot water in the pools all winter and we do our best to maximize the available power. Electric cars are increasingly prevalent. These may be helpful in reducing carbon emissions and slowing climate change. We are investigating some possibilities for electric car…


Sat 7/20/24 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • 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.