Annual Rainbow Gathering Historical Locations

Listing of North American Annual Sites

2015South Dakota (also large regional in Michigan)
2014New Mexico
2009New Mexico
Near the town of Clark, CO in Routt National Forest. Bus Village was by Big Red Park, while the site was by Silver City Creek..
2005West Virgina
Near the towns of Richwood, Marlington, and Hillsboro at the Cranberry Glades Botanical area in Monongahela National Forest.
Near the town of Likely, CA in Modoc National Forest. This site was about 4 miles north of the site used for the 1984 Gathering.
Near Mt View Wyoming in Bridger Teton National Forest.
2002Upper Pennisula, Michigan
Near the town of Bruce Crossing in Ottawa National Forest.
Near the town of Stanley, Idaho, in Boise National Forest.
Near the town of Jackson, Montana, in Big Hole Valley.
Near the town of Ridgeway, PA in Allegany National Forest.
At Carnero Spring near Springerville in Apache-Sitgreaves Natioanl Forest.
At Indian Prarie near Prineville and Mitchell Oregon in Ochococ National Forest.
By Thomasville in Mark Twain National Forest.
1995New Mexico
By the San Antonio River near Tres Piedras in Carson National Forest.
Snyder Basin near Big Piney in Bridger Teton National Forest.
1993Alabama (Kentucky too)
Talladaga National Forest.
By Overland Reserviour, near Paonia, in White River National Forest.
By Texas Falls, near Granville, in Green Mountain National Forest. It’s on the Bread Loaf quadrangle.
By Barker Lake, near Lutsen, in Superior National Forest.
By Robinson Hole, Near Jarbidige, in Humbolt National Forest. It’s on the Nevada-Idaho Jarbidge quadrangle.
By Boggy Creek, near Lufkin, in Angelina National Forest. It’s on the Cassells-Boykin Park quadrangle.
1987North Carolina
Near Tapoco, in Nantahala National Forest. It`s on the Tapoca quadrangle.
Near Long Hollow, near Cobham in Allegheny National Forest. It’s on the Cobham quadrangle.
In Mark Twain National Forest.
By Black Cone,in Modoc National Forest. It’s on the Emerson Peak & Eagle Peak quadrangles.
Near Paynesville, in Ottawa National Forest. It’s rumored to be on the Trout Creek quadrangle.
Near New Meadows, in Boise National Forest. It’s rumored to be on a combination of the following quadrangles. Crokked River Point, Peck Mountain, Rush Peak, Goodrich.
Near Usk, in Kanisku National Forest. It’s rumored to be on the Goddards Peak quadrangle.
1980West Virginia
By the Three Forks of the Willimas River, near Webster Springs, in Monongahela National Forest. It’s on the Webster Springs SW quadrangle.
In Apache National Forest. It’s rumored to be on one of these quadrangles. Escudilla Mountain, Kuna Lake, Maness Peak, Blue, Alma Mesa.
By White Horse Meadows, in Umpqua National Forest. It’s on the Fish Creek Desert quadrangle.
1977New Mexico
By Burnt Corral Canyon, in Gila National Forest. It’s on the Burnt Corral Canyon quandrangle.
By Cave Mountain, near Choteau, in Lewis and Clark National Forest. It’s on the Cave Mountain quadrangle.
By the White & Buffalo Rivers, near Mountain Home, in Ozark National Forest.
By the Virgin River, near Bryce Canyon, in Dixie National Forest. It’s rumored to be the Temple of Sinawava quadrangle.
By Antelope Hills, near Lander, in Shosone National Forest. It’s rumored to be on a combination of these quadrangles. Schoettlin Mountain, Red Canyon, Lewiston Lakes, Barras Springs. the
By Strawberry Lake, near Granby, in Roosevelt National Forest. It’s on the Strawberry Lake quandrangle.

Listing of European Annual Sites

2000 – RomaniaTHis gathering will be somewhere in Romania.

1999 – Hungary This gathering was in Hungary.

1998 – Russia This gathering was in Russia.

1997 – Scotland & GreeceIn the Galloway Valley, near Dalmellington in June and then at Paiko mountain near Thessaloniki/Greece in August.

1996 – PortugalCampo da Maca (Salto)

1995 – Czech Republic (Tcekai)It was in the Czech Republic, at the Austrian border south of Budejovice (Budweis).

1994 – SloveniaOn the Croatian border

1993 – IrelandSlieve Bloom mountains Laois County, near the village of Rosenallis. This is the ancient gathering group of the Irish tribes.

1992 – Poland

1991 – PolandNear Tworylne.

1990 – Austria Allentsteig, Waldviertel.

1989 – NorwayKarlsoy Island.

1988 – Cantabrion (??) Mountains, SpainCampo De Santiago, Fasgar (Leon)

1987 – Pyrenees, SpainFuente Sancenas, Genisera (Leon)

1986 – Pyrenees, FranceTres Estelle, Col De Mantet (Prades)

1985 – North Italy (alternative site)

1984 – South Switzerland

1983 – North Italy

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Operation Plans For Free Speech and Free Assembly Gatherings

Any Rainbow Gathering is just an action taken independently by free individuals, exercising their right to free speech and assembly. No one person can represent the Rainbow Family, so no one person can legitimately sign a forest service permit for a gathering. For several years, seemingly to obstruct rainbow gatherings, the US Forest Service changed their rules so that any gathering of greater than 74 persons required a permit to be signed by a “responsible” person. The legal history of this can be found at In recent years, the forest service has accepted operating plans which are unsigned.

The best of these operating plans keep everything in verb form, and are titled “Free Speech and Assembly Event” to keep the focus on what is happening, and what people are doing, instead of referring to some fictitious legal entitity such as “The Rainbow Family”. Any one who walks onto the land, including Forest Service personnel are Rainbow Family, so it is nonsensical to include that term in these documents.

At the Michigan Regional in July 2015, an operation plan was developed in council with the forest service, and is linked below.
Michigan Regional 2015 Operation Plan

Other operation plans (sometimes called operating plans) from Pennsylvania 2010, and Montana 2013 are also included here.
Montana Annual 2013 Operating Plan

Pennsylvania Annual 2010 Operation Plan