Where the Gathering will be in 2004
Next year the North American Rainbow Gathering (hence referred to as
the Gathering) will once again be in the Great Basin states of
North America. (Utah, Nevada, California).
from July 1 - July 7. Quick
directions are: Take Highway 150 out of Evanston, Wym to FS 058. Take 058
over the newly melted out Elizabeth Pass. Go 2.5 miles past the summit
to the Rainbow rock cairns and streamers. This
link takes you to the Topozone map of the site. You can get to an
aerial photo from this
link. For a few more images, here's a3D image of the site, and here's a GPS map of the roads, and the main
trail. Main circle is at N 40 57.786 W 110 38.395. (thanks to
Vaughn and Lillia Palmer of Mt View for this GPS info)
Directions from the East:Take I-80 and get off at Lyman, 414,
or Ft. Bridger, any of these 3 exits work. Take 414 south to
Mountain View. From Mountain View take 410 approximately 12 1/2
miles. Turn onto a gravel road marked 208. Take 208 approximately 12
miles to a fork, bear right onto FS Road 058. Follow 058 approximately
12 miles then turn right onto FS Road 307. After about 6 of the 12
miles, you will come to a fork in the road by the shuttle parking
lots. Please use the shuttle parking, as space is limited at Welcome
Home. Welcome Home & Bus Village are another 6 miles to FS 307. FS 307
(called Cut Trout Rd by the locals) is unmarked, but there will be
Rainbow sign and Welcome Home.
Directions from the West:Take I-84 through Ogden, Utah to
Hwy.80 East Continue on 80 through Evanston, Wy. to exit 34. Go
through Fort Bridger, Wy to Rd. 410. Go through Mt. View, Wy and turn
west towards Robertson, WY. Continue west to Rd. 271 and go south for 12
miles towards Meeks Cabin Res. Rd. 271 becomes 058, as you enter into
Utah Go 6 miles, take a right fork. The shuttle parking lot is in this
area. Because there is limited parking at Welcome Home, plese use the
shuttle parking lot. To get to Welcome Home & Bus Village, go
approx. 5 miles on Rd 058 to Rd. 307 or Cutthroat Rd Follow the
You can also take highway 150 south out of Evanston to
Rd 058. Then take 058 over Elizabeth Pass, and then 2.5 miles to
Welcome Home. This route is a rocky dirt road over a high
mountain pass, but it's being suggested as the western route to cut
back on traffic coming in from the East.
Note: FS 271 was previously listed as FS 208!
Alternate directions:A long time Utah local sent these
alternate directions for those that like the back roads. A travel
advisory for those approaching the gathering area from the south or
east... when your route plan happens to traverse US Hwy 40. Rather than
go the long way round by continuing west to hook up with Interstate
80, you can get to the gathering through the forest, from south to
north. Here's how: On US Hwy 40 westbound, between Duchesne and
Fruitland, turn north on State Hwy 271 to Tabiona.
Then turn west on State Hwy 35. Continue until
Soapstone Basin Road ( USFS 037). Go north here until
you link up with State Hwy 150. Turn right, or north.
Go past Mirror Lake until the USFS 058. Turn east...
look for signs. This will save having to go as far as Kamas to
get on State Hwy 150, or worse, having to go clear to
Silver Creek Junction on US 40 in order to get on
I-80. My way you save about 100 gas miles. Happy Rainbow motoring!
If I had to pick a city for air or bus connections, I'd head towards
Salt Lake. I've been told there are bus stops in Lyman and Mt View,
Wyoming, althought Evanston might be easier to get a ride to. Depending
on your other ground transportation arrangements, there are other
airports in both Wyoming and Idaho, since this are is very close to
Ignore all rumors of cancellation or organization! Live Lightly
with the Land and People!
Against the wishes of most everyone, a permit was signed with the
Forest Service. Most Rainbows believe we have a constitutional right
to peaceable assembly on public land. As a Rainbow Gathering is truly a
"Gathering of the Tribes", all are equal, and hence, there can be no
leaders. What is really strange about the permit is that although it
was granted as an "individual use permit", it's been applied by the
Forest Service to all of us attending the gathering. How would you
feel if somebody signed away your your civil rights without even
asking you ? It's things like our right to peaceably assemble
that has made America into the country it is.
As a note, regardless of the permit, Law Enforcement personal are
overly abundant. All cars parked on either FS 058 or FS 307 (Cut
Trout Rd) are being ticketed and towed. There is a walk in from the
Lyman Lake shuttle lots, as well as shuttle vehicles to the main trail
at Welcome Home.
Regardless of the politics of the issue, let's try not to loose sight
of what it takes to have a healthy & safe gathering. Drive safe. Happy
Happenings at the Gathering
There are many wonderful things that happen at a gathering, but I'll
list a few highlights. Remember the concept of "Rainbow Time", and
that any semi-scheduled event will start when it starts, and not
necessarily by the clock.
- Annual AGR party!
- This is a get together for folks that inhabit the AGR newsgroup and
email list so we can all meet face to face for a change. It'll
probably be July 2nd, at "2pm" at the Instant Soup Kitchen. Non
cyberspace oriented folks are also welcome!
- Rainbow Lovin U.
- It's like "Back to School" this coming Summer !!! On campus- at
the Annual Rainbow Family Gathering of the Tribes- RAINBOW LOVIN' U.
Offering courses such as :
Peace & Healing 101
Advanced Degree in Shitter Digging
Even a Prom on Wed, July 2nd- after dinner party at Main Circle
(start shopping now for your prom dresses !!)
Schedule: Saturday, June 21: building and scheduling learning circles
Sunday, June 22: scheduling learning circles.
Monday, June 23 - Thursday, July 3: learning circles.
Wednesday, July 2: Prom Nite
- July 4th, Circle for Peace
- Join us for a silent circling of people to pray for world
peace. The circle for peace starts at sunrise at main circle, and ends
around Rainbow noon after a period of OHMing, and the Kiddie Village
Parade! It's Independance Day!
For more information Rainbow Gatherings, here are some
- Rainbow Legal Background
- This page has info on the legal issues surrounding the Rainbow
Gathering, and the past court cases.
- Open Letter to Folks living in Utah and Surrounding Areas
- This is an open letter somebody wrote recently on AGR, that I
thought I'd reproduce here.
- Benefits of Hosting a Rainbow Gathering
- This is an interesting document about the Environmental,
Spiritual, Health, and Law Enforcement Benefits of a Gathering.
- Rap on Rainbow Disorganization
- I grabbed this off AGR the other day, and thought it was a good
rough description about the "Organization" of a Rainbow Gathering.
- Reality Check
- I grabbed this off AGR the other day, and thought it was a good
introduction for Locals as to what to expect from having a Rainbow
- Letter to District Rangers
- This is a letter written to the District Rangers in the Great
Lakes area where the gathering will was held last year.
- Rainbow Terminology
- This is an interesting paper on various other definitions of
Rainbow Family, and how that all applies to our own definitions of
- Bus Travel Info
- This is a page with info on pricing for bus tickets.
- Train Travel Info
- Can't forget Amtrack, on occasion, trains are cheaper than busses.
- Tips for a safe journey home & a Positive Gathering
- This is a good list of tips I grabbed off AGR, that is worth reading.
- Rap 420
- This is a nice rap I pulled off AGR the other day on how to stay
out of jail when driving through a roadblock. (roadblocks and police
harassement are highly likely this year)
- This is a great web site for checking out sites. It contains
topographical maps down to a 7.5 quad. Real fun if you like maps.
- National InterAgency Fire
- This is a good site for checking on fire conditions throughout
Rockies Fire Coordination Center (NRCC)
- Another good site for checking on fire conditions in the Northern
Other Sources of Information
Now that it's Spring Time, the Forest Service is cranking up their
disinformation propoganda machine. While the USFS tries heavily to
freak out the locals about the coming Gathering, usually the result is
no where as bad as they try to lead folks to believe. Here's a few
general media articles looking back on things from the perspective of
a year later.
- Recap From PA
- This is a nice article, where the PA Chief of Police was
interviewed about the previous year's gathering. Not suprisingly, he
says the harsh propoganda put out by the Forest Service turned out to
be completely inaccurate, and that while there few problems, it just
wasn't that bad at all. Plus the local business made over $1,000,000.
- Without a Trace
- A recent article from the Missoula Independent, talking about how
the reality of the Montana gathering, was way less than the locals had
been led to believe.
- Oregon Cleanup
- This is an article from the Oregonian, about how well that site
- Montanna Cleanup
- This is an article from the Montana Standard about how well the
site has recovered.
- Idaho Cleanup
- This is an article from the Idaho Stateman, about how well that
site was cleaned up.
- Treading Softly On the Earth:The
Rainbow Tribe's Impact on Forest Lands.
- This article is an indepth look at the cleanup side of the Rainbow
Gatherings done by a Taos, NM college student. It goes into detail
covering the process of cleanup, and the comments of the various
Forest Service's District Rangers years later.
with Malcom Jowers
- Crystalhawk has put up a page with some questions posted by
Rainbow to Malcom Jowers, head of the Incident Creation Team of the
Last updated June 22, 2003