Where will the gathering be?

Where will the 2014 gathering be?
Near Heber, Utah. Click here for directions
Who is invited?
Every person with a belly button. If for some reason, you lost your belly button, you are invited as well.
What you really need to know:
How to Get Into The Gathering Without Getting a Mandatory Court Appearance Ticket.
How to Contact Someone?
If after reading the information on this blog, checking out the links on the right hand side, you still have questions, concerns, or problems, email random gatherers for assistance.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Howdy Folks

Welcome Home
43rd Annual Rainbow Family Gathering of the Tribes

Updated 6/26/14 9:00 a.m. California Time

We, who are brothers & sisters, children of God, families of life on earth, friends of nature & of all people, children of humankind calling ourselves Rainbow Family Tribe, humbly invite:
  •     All races, peoples, tribes, communes, men, women, children, individuals -- out of love.
  •     All nations & national leaders -- out of respect
  •     All religions & religious leaders -- out of faith
  •     All politicians -- out of charity
 to join with us in gathering together for the purpose of expressing our sincere desire that there shall be peace on earth, harmony among all people. & to hold open worship, prayer, chanting or whatever is the want or desire of the people, for three days, but upon the fourth day of July at noon to ask that there be a meditative, contemplative silence wherein we, the invited people of the world may consider & give honor & respect to anyone or anything that has aided in the positive evolution of humankind & nature upon this, our most beloved & beautiful world -- asking blessing upon we people of this world & hope that we people can effectively proceed to evolve, expand, & live in harmony & peace.

Feel free to arrive a few weeks early to create the gathering and/or stay a few weeks late to clean it all up.

NOTE: High elevation gathering - be alert for signs of altitude sickness in yourself and in others. . Drink one gallon of water per day. Bring Osha Root to help with altitude adjustment (check with a medical professional if you're pregnant or nursing). Take it easy your first few days and let your body adjust. (6:15 PM 6/16/14)

NO CELL RECEPTION ON SITE. NO WIFI ON SITE.  Before you leave the nearest town, please call whoever you need to and let them know you will be out of contact and give them an approximate date when they will hear from you again. This saves everyone a lot of work, reduces stress among the people who care for you and means I won't have five hundred emails from concerned family members when I make it home from the gathering. (6/26/14 6:40 a.m.)

This site is not super wagon friendly, nor is it super wagon unfriendly. Wheel barrows or single wheeled carts are probably better than 4 wheel wagons - although the path can be done with a four wheel wagon (but not without some rough patches) I've been told. You're going to be hiking a mile or more from your car to your camping spot so be prepared. While that may not seem like much, if you normally live at sea level and are now at 9,000 feet, there is a high likelyhood you will feel the difference when you arrive and the hike in will seem much further. Plan accordingly.  (6/26/14 6:40 a.m.)

For a topo map of the gathering with kitchens, parking, trails, etc. click here.  (6/26/14 7:00 a.m.)

RAP 107 ~ Gathering Consciousness

Please protect this Beautiful Land.

Walk softly. Harm no living thing. Harmonize - Blend in. Use only down, dead wood. Cut no living trees. Preserve the Meadows...camp in the Woods. We are caretakers of this land.
Everyone sharing makes a strong Human Tribe!

Please Protect the Water Sources by staying out of DELICATE spring areas. Avoid camping, peeing, washing above spring areas. Keep ALL soap (including biodegrable, Dr. Bronners, etc) out of streams, springs or the creek! Use a bucket to take your bath 60 feet away from the water source.
To be certain of drinking water: boil it for 20 minutes!  Use the slit trenches or covered latrines - cover your paper & waste with ashes or lime, wash hands. Break the fly/illness connection: shit-fly-food-you! Dig no shitters near water areas or kitchens.

Protect our Health! Use your own cup, bowl & spoon! Wash them after eating and rinse in disinfectant-water.
Visit C.A.L.M./M.A.S.H. if you feel ill - especially if you have a contagious disease - or are injured.

Camp Together - Establish neighborhoods. Community Fires only! ~ Each with 5 gallon water bucket and shovel for Fire Protection. If you are the last to leave a fire PUT IT OUT!

Watch your gear: Be Responsible ~ "Tempt Not Lest Ye Be Lifted From."

 Pets are discouraged but if you must bring them keep them fed, on a leash and out of the kitchens, springs & fights. Clean up their poop. Love them.


Cleanup begins when you arrive. Bring in only what is necessary. There is no janitor here...you are the cleanup crew. Separate Garbage for recycling. Don't litter - Find collection point. Compost in pits only.

You are the Gathering! Participate in Shanti Sena, the peace keepers council, and all activities, councils, work crews, workshops. Volunteer wherever needed: kitchens, welcome home, firewatch, parking lot, shitter digging, supply, front gate, etc. R-E-S-P-E-C-T your Sisters & Brothers energies. Keep the Balance: Earth, Sky, Trees, Water & People!

Alcohol is Discouraged, Guns are Inappropriate, Violence is contrary to the Spirit. Please take no photographs or videos of people without permission. Discourage Drug Abuse.

Buying and selling endangers our legal right to be here. The Magic Hat is our Bank, donate early to fund our Needs. The Magic Hat goes around at mealtime circles and with the Magic Hat Band.

Our power together is many times our power separated.

Enjoy the Rainbow with an open heart and you Will see the Vision.

Join us for July 4th Silent Contemplation & Prayer for Peace, respect those maintaining silence from dawn. Hold the silence until the arrival of the Children's Parade.


Be prepared for cold nights (into the 30s) and sunny days. Critical things to bring:

Extra tents, sleeping bags, sweaters, water proof shoes, tarps, jackets, wool stuff (lot's of wool).  If you arrive for seed camp, be prepared for snow. We had three days and nights of snow starting on the Summer Solstice in 2003 when we were last in Utah. Bring stuff for yourself and lot's of extra gear to share with those who didn't bring enough to keep them warm and safe. Don't pitch tents under tree boughs if its snowing. Eventually the snow will pile up and come crashing down on your tent in one big pile. String a tarp using heavy rope and bungee cords at a diagonal to let the snow slide off easily and away from your tent. 

Click here for the packing recommendations.

Be prepared for a rough hike in.  Give yourself three hours unless you normally live at 9,000 foot elevation. Between the terrian and adjusting to the altitude plan on slow going. (6/26/14 7 am)

***** DIRECTIONS *****

Click here for PDF document that's easy to print out of the directions

Please check back before you hit the road or leave internet access as updates will be provided as I get them.  I will put a note with date/time updated.

Coordinates: N 40.42588 W 111.16520
On the link - A indicates parking; B indicates Bus Village. View Topo Map

View Google Maps showing relationship to Heber City, Provo, Salt Lake City and Park City. (added links to maps 6:15 PM on 6/16/14)
Directions to the 2014 Rainbow Gathering in Utah in the Uinta National Forest
All roads are of good quality, wide and gravel but very busy - BE AWARE.  There are many other recreational users such as trucks pulling heavy trailer, many off road vehicles, and local traffic.  The gravel roads can be very, very DUSTY making visibility difficult.  Please be safe, take it slow, watch for traffic and wildlife.

From Points South of Salt Lake City: From Interstate 15 South of Salt Like City Exit Hwy 189 North at the south end of Provo, Utah. Drive approximately 27 miles north to Heber City. Or follow directions from Salt Lake City.

From Points East of Salt Lake City: From Interstate 80 east of Salt Lake City, take the Park City /US-40 East/US-189 South exit and drive south approximately 16 miles to Heber City. Or follow directions from Salt Lake City.

(Tip from a local gatherer -- It's 1.5 to 2.5 hours from Orem, UT to the gathering by car depending on the route you take. The bus route is more like 1.5 hours, the down the middle of Heber City route can be closer to 2.5 as the speed limit is lower.)

** THEN from Heber City **

Best Route for Buses from Heber City, Utah:  Off US Hwy 40 north of town take State Road 32 towards Jordenelle State Park.  Then pick up SR 35 in Francis, UT and go east about 15 miles on SR 35.  Right after milemarker 15, look for Forest Service Road 054 (FS 54) on the right towards Mill Hollow Reservoir. This gravel road around the reservoir and campground can be congested and can be dusty.  Drive about 13 miles and look for FS 901 (Google Maps shows it as 26) on the left.  Welcome HOME! If you come to the intersection of FS 83 and 54, you have gone too far – go back on FS 54 about ½ mile. (Probably the faster route).

From Heber City, Utah via US Hwy 40 and Center Street/Lake Creek Road (Free Range Sheep on this road as well as sheepdogs: (slower route but goes through the middle of town.) Head east at intersection of Main St. US Hwy 40) and Center Street/Lake Creek Road. Travel east for 15 miles on a paved road until you reach the Uinta Forest Service boundary.  At the FS boundary, the road turns to gravel and becomes Forest Service Road 083 (FS 83).  Follow FS 83 about 2.5 miles to an intersection (the T) where FS 83 and FS 54 meet. Bear left onto FS 54 travel less than 1/2 mile to FS 901 (Google maps shows it as 26) on the right (but don't drive up the wrong side of the FS 901 or you may get into trouble).  Welcome Home! 

*** OR ****

From Salt Lake City via Interstate 80 and State Road 32 (Kamas, UT) and State Road 35 (Hanna, UT) – less congestion: Route 35 (SR 35) comes in from the north and is good for drivers that don‘t need to shop and want to avoid traffic.  Total mileage is about 35 miles; it is about 15 miles once you are on SR 35.   From 80: Head towards Kamas on SR 32.  Pick up SR 35 in Francis, UT and go east about 14 miles on SR 35.  Look for Forest Service Road 054 (FS 54) on the right towards Mill Hollow Reservoir. This gravel road around the reservoir and campground can be congested and can be dusty.  Drive about 13 miles and look for FS 901 (Google Maps shows it as 26) on the left.  Welcome HOME! If you come to the intersection of FS 83 and 54, you have gone too far – go back on FS 54 about ½ mile.
*** OR ****

From Fruitland, UT (just west of Fruitland 4 miles or so) via US Hwy 40 –probably most congested route into gathering: At mile marker 58 on US 40, head north onto Currant Creek Road.  Be aware of this turn, it is a sharp turn and there is often heavy traffic and it is known for wrecks. Follow Currant Creek Road through state wildlife and private land to the Uinta National Forest boundary about 8 miles where it becomes Forest Service Road 471 (FS 471). BE AWARE can be very dusty. Stay on FS 471 about 14 miles around the Currant Creek Reservoir but not into the campground, pass by the campground fork and bear right onto FS 82.  Go up the hill to the intersection bear right at the “T” and take a right onto FS 83; go about 8 miles to the next intersection of FS 83 and FS 54. Take right onto FS 54; travel less than ½ mile to FS 901 (Google Maps shows it as 26) on the right. Welcome Home!

If you need a ride or have a ride to share, post on your local Craigs list, try the ride share links to the right, or hit you local potluck/drum circle to connect up with people.

Click here for a topo map of the site.  Click here for a topo map of the surrounding area. Warning these are larger PDF documents.
Please copy and distribute freely. Ignore all rumors of cancellation.


  1. Perfect! Please give respect and love to all locals and those we pay to uphold the laws of the land and especially those agents whom work to preserve this great land! Welcome to Zion!

  2. Seriously.. stay the hell out of the Uintah's / Mill Hollow. Every time one of these events are thrown in the Uintah's you guys leave it a utter mess.. I am not referring just to this gathering, but all of the drum circle / gatherings that go on up there.

  3. Sorry pall its happening

  4. is this the real family gathering? ive been searching but i just need some confermation, thanks

    1. It is family because you go and participate and create a bond among your fellows that gives you a sense of belonging. Just be careful it is contagious that is why you see so many coming with so much, it is so intoxicating to be able to help that you want to do more next year. I love hearing newbee's talking about what they are going to do next year.

  5. There are plenty of inconsiderate messes in the Uintah's left by hunters, loggers and campers. Good hunters don't leave a mess. Nor do good hippies. To bad there are so many inconsiderate people in every walk of life... lets all pick up after ourselves and (unfortunately on occasion) after others.

  6. Replies
    1. It sounds like they rely on people not showing up to their court dates get you with charges they can make stick and fine you for ... are these dates all up in the Heber Area?

  7. Welcome Home Love

  8. We will love your villages, your cities and your people. We will tread lightly in the meadows you call home. We come in peace and call you brother. Please join us so that we can pray together and call you friend.

  9. We will love those in your villages, your towns and your cities. We respect your homes and your religions, your values and your meadows. Please join us so that together we might pray for peace and call each other friend.

  10. Hello Rainbows,

    I wanted to look at the maps around the Rainbow Family Gathering 2014, in the Unita National Forest, in Utah and match them against the directions to the gathering. I found several types of maps. They were all different and each had something different to offer. I pasted the links into a data base so I could look at them easily.

    After doing all that I asked myself why not share this work? I gave all of the links titles, described them, put them in order and added some tips for viewing. Here are the nine links.

    Directions to the 2014 Rainbow Gathering in Utah, in the Uinta National Forest

    USDA Forest Service Map - Showing Approximate Rainbow Family Area
    (Click on magenta box to expand.)

    Google Map - Small Scale, Showing FS Boundary, Heber Mountain and Mill Hollow Reservoir, With Forest Service Roads Marked, Centered on Harvey Meadow

    Google Map – Large Scale With Forest Service Roads Marked https://www.google.com/maps/@40.457217,-111.145077,14z

    Google Map - Satellite View – Centered on Harvey Meadow

    Heber Mountain Topographic Map 40111d2 Including Harvey Meadow
    (Scroll down half way.)

    Utah Topographic Map Index - With Adjacent Topo Quads (Click on map, scroll right moving the map to the left. Pace cursor back on map for interactive feature.) (Scroll back left and down for adjacent TOPO quads including interactive feature.)

    Legend Topographic Map Symbols

    Topographic Map Elevation, Profile and Vertical Exaggeration Explainer

    You can view these links on the blog.

  11. Hello Rainbows,

    If you cut and paste the link to this blog the map links are live. Just click on them.
    Look at the road that goes around Harvey Meadow. It looks like a big nose. Once you have spotted this feature you can find the gathering area on all of the maps.


    Peace and Love,

    Michael Circlewider

  12. Someone add me to the Facebook group I am in Illinois and my dog is at the gathering help -foots nic@nite


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