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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Monday, April 29th, 2024

Members Appreciation Weekend 2024

Members are invited July 19th-21st for our annual members appreciation weekend! Live Music on Friday and Saturday nights from 8-midnight at the pavilion. Friday night we welcome The River Arkansas The four-piece each skillfully showcases their craft while seamlessly bonding together as a band. Bolder Beat noted that "Together, they give off a heartfelt and wholesome sound which resonates with the Colorado lifestyle of mountain life meets the pavement." Saturday…
Sunday, April 28th, 2024

World Naked Gardening Day

Saturday, May 4th, 2024 at the Everson Ranch It is that time of the year again: Please come and join us for a fun day of celebrating the 2024 International World Naked Gardening Day at the Everson Ranch. At this annual event you can experience gardening in the open or just spend some time at the ranch. We would appreciate your help clearing the garden beds in preparation for planting…
Sunday, April 28th, 2024

Mushroom Workshop

The Everson Ranch is hosting the following workshop: Backyard Gardening with Mushrooms on Sunday June 9th from 10am-1pm. This mushroom inoculation course will consist of a brief overview of the Kingdom/Queendom Fungi and its importance within many facets of our lives and well-being, as well as a short demonstration of how to effectively inoculate mycelium on a small area of land to grow mushrooms locally, outside, in the San Luis…
Sunday, April 28th, 2024

Robbie Goes to Valley View

The San Luis Valley in south-central Colorado is a huge, high-altitude valley extending north to south for over 100 miles on into New Mexico. It is primarily rural farmland mostly irrigated by an aquifer under the valley floor. It is bordered on the east by the Sangre de Cristo mountain range and on the west by the much older San Juan mountain range. The Great Sand Dunes National Park is…
Sunday, April 28th, 2024

Wildfire Mitigation

Recent Wildfire Hazard Clean-up On April 21, as part of OLT's efforts to mitigate wildfire risk, Doug Bishop led a group of eight OLT members and staff in the removal of dead wood and other fire hazards from the tent camping sites between the Welcome Center and Meadow Pond. In less than two hours, the group had the campsites cleaned up and looking good. Thanks to all who helped!
Friday, March 8th, 2024

Join our team!

Orient Land Trust is hiring! We are currently hiring for the position of Visitor Services Manager at Valley View Hot Springs. Join our dynamic, fast-paced environment where employees are valued for their contributions and perspectives. We seek a team player with strong communication skills who shares OLT's community values and mission. Department: Visitor Services Job Title: Visitor Services Manager Supervisor: Executive Director Position Type: Full-time with some overtime possible and…
Friday, March 8th, 2024

We're hiring!

Orient Land Trust is a great place to work! We have a dedicated and friendly staff who work year-round to promote the mission of the land trust, maintain this beautiful property, and assist guests with their visits. If you live locally and are looking for a new opportunity? Join our Housekeeping team! We have a part-time, seasonal position available, with the possibility of long-term employment. For more information, check out…


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.