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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Thursday, May 4th, 2023

Rebuilding the Ranch

Work Event June 10-11 Participate in the revitalization of the historic Everson Ranch at OLT! Be the first to stay and camp at the ranch this season for our Rebuilding the Ranch event June 10-11. Enjoy great food, entertainment and campfire on Saturday night, and a Sunday picnic at the reservoir while helping with ranch clean-up projects each day. Arrive Saturday morning to settle in and join us for lunch.…
Friday, March 31st, 2023

Electricity at OLT

Orient Land Trust maintains a micro-hydroelectric power generating system that has been in operation in its present form since about 2000. All of the waters on the Valley View property converge at a filtration Collection Box before entering a 9000 ft. long, 12" diameter pipeline that drops 540 ft. in elevation to a Power House near the Valley floor. This delivers a pressure of about 232 PSI to the (Pelton)…
Friday, March 31st, 2023

Membership

You can become a member of Orient Land Trust and get the benefit of advance reservations. The membership structure allows us to keep our rates lower. Why are advance reservations important? Admission is limited. Daily admission is available until the limit is reached. In the winter, space is usually available on short notice, except for weekends. During the warmer months, we often reach capacity weeks ahead of time. How does…
Friday, March 31st, 2023

Music and Stars at the Ranch

Save the date for a concert and educational event at the Ranch on May 26, 2023 We were approached by long-time OLT guest and member Jon Sousa about hosting a concert performance. We are pleased that we have a date and a general format for the event with music performances between 7 pm-9 pm and an astronomy program at 9 pm. About the Musicians: Jonathan Sousa Lisa Lestander Jon solo…
Reminder of the annual event Saturday, May 6th. 2023 at the Everson Ranch Open at 9:00am. Start work at 9:30am and continue as long as people like to help that day. This event is free. We are intending a fun, lighthearted, and liberating day in the garden. Gardeners and non gardeners of all ages are welcome. Every year, gardeners all over the world get together to shed some or all…
Friday, March 31st, 2023

Ranch Volunteers

The Everson Ranch in Colorado is looking for volunteers for the season of 2023! Can you commit for a minimum of 2 weeks between May and December and enjoy a physical lifestyle outdoors in the San Luis Valley, then this might be for you. As on any ranch there are lots of things that need to be done daily, ranging from animal care, working in the garden (lots of weeding),…
Monday, February 20th, 2023

The Emperor’s Clothes

As part of our educational outreach, Orient Land Trust has partnered with a photographer on a project focused on people. It is a long standing practice of OLT to discourage snapshots of people around the hot springs for several reasons - some are concerned about privacy, some just would rather not have to be concerned with a photographer present in our natural and scenic environment. For this project, we are…

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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.

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.