Valley View Hot Springs is located 12 miles from the small town of Villa Grove and 37 miles south of Salida. The nonprofit Orient Land Trust owns and operates the springs. It's a very isolated resort that lies at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo range. It's also swimsuit optional.
This full resort offers lodging and several pools that are open nearly year round (it's closed Dec 1-28).
There are 7 beautiful pools and ponds at Valley View. 3 of the pools, a swimming pool and two smaller hot pools are close to the parking area. The Swimming Pool is the coolest pool and kept in the high-80's F. The Hot Pools are kept between 104°-106°F.
4 natural ponds are located on a dirt trail in a forest. Bring a flashlight at night. The first one (about 2 minutes from parking) is the Soaking Pond. It's the largest and deepest of the natural ponds. The Waterfall pond is the second one up the trail. It's named after a wood pipe that feeds hot springs into the pond. Next one is the Meadow Pond. It's the smallest, shallowest and usually most private. The last one requires a short, but steep, 1/4 mile hike. Aptly-named the Top Ponds, it's actually 3 ponds that flow into each other. The highest of the three is the hottest. The other two are more variable in temperature, but usually averages in the mid-90's F.
A variety of rustic accommodations are available year round. Reservations are recommended as spots do fill up. Non-members can make reservations up to two weeks in advance. Contributing members can reserve up to 3 months in advance. Pets are welcome in the cabins, but not the Oak House or Sunset Rooms. All overnight guests have access to the Oak House communal kitchen and dining area, as well after hours access to the Welcome Center which has a computer, small library, free wi-fi and drinks/snacks for sale. None of the accommodations have private baths, but 2 coed bathrooms with showers are available.
Lodging includes: 2 small rustic cabins - Aspen and Cedar; 3 large rustic cabins - Cottonwood, Willow, and Elm; The Oak House communal lodge with 4 private bedrooms and a coed dorm room with 6 full-size bunk beds; and The Sunset House which is similar to 4 motel rooms.
Approximately 24 tent sites are available in a beautiful wooded area. Mostly all the sites have picnic tables. A communal fire pit is available within a short walk to the center of the "Park". Although there have been fire bans in effect at times. In addition to tent camping, there are 22 car sites available for vehicles lined around a quarter mile dirt loop. No hook-ups are available, as the sites are primitive. Check on availability a head of time as they are often closed during the winter months.
Orient Mine & Ghost Town:
A 2 mile hike leads to the historic Orient Mine, discovered in 1870 and one of the largest working iron ore mines for 50 years. Along the route is the ghost town of Orient about a mile up, where up to 400 people lived.
Peaceful and secluded hot springs; Memorizing views of the San Luis Valley; Clothing optional, many people go without suits; Alcohol is permitted but no glass and no smoking
From the north at Poncha Springs (Junction of Hwy 50 and 285) - Take US 285 S for 26 miles until you reach CO-17 S. Take a left on CO-17 S and proceed for just over 100 feet. Joyful Journey Hot Springs lies at this intersection. Take a slight left onto County Rd Gg. Proceed for just over 7 miles and you'll reach Valley View Hot Springs.
From the south at Alamosa (Junction of Hwy 160 and 285) - Take CO-17 north for 49.5 miles. Turn right onto County Rd Gg. Proceed for 7 miles.