According to the group’s recent social media post, the 50th anniversary gathering of the controversial Rainbow Family of Living Light will be held at Raute National Forest near Craig in northwest Colorado.
Reports of this year’s gathering – expected to be larger than usual – had puzzled law enforcement for several months. Others, however, eagerly await the celebration, which Vice described as a “weird version of the Burning Man”.
A posting on the Tribes Facebook page’s annual Rainbow Family Gathering provides directions to Adams Park in Route National Forest from Craig or Baggs, Wyoming.
Previous reports of the group’s meeting indicated that thousands could gather from June 28 to July 28, but Tuesday’s Facebook post did not appear to have any specific dates. However, a comment indicated that the meeting would be held from July 1-7.
U.S. Forest Service officials and law enforcement in the area said in May they knew the Rainbow family could be coming to the area this summer. Their inaugural meeting took place in 1972 in the Strawberry Lake area east of Granby.
Previous reports indicated that rainbow family gatherings often coincided with drug use and sometimes sexual assault. However, many members balk at those depictions. Previous meetings in Colorado led to an increase in illegal camping and trespassing charges. Seven members told police they took psychedelic drugs before climbing onto the roof of the Boulder Public Library.
The Denver Post reported in March that groups larger than 75 people need special use permits to use Forest Service land and the group consistently refuses to comply with those requirements. Also, the group is familiar with the rules generally designed to protect water and culturally significant sites.
Following the spread that the group’s 50th anniversary will be held in Colorado — the Rainbow family has no designated leadership structure — online this summer to discuss how to reduce litter and unauthorized fires during the gathering Had a meeting.