The Ochoco National Forest just learned the regional Rainbow Gathering will take place next week at Claypool Springs on FR 2610, between Ochoco Ranger Station and Highway 26 (about 30 miles east of Prineville).
The group is already starting to arrive and set up camp. More Rainbows can be expected to arrive over the weekend with peak visitation starting Wednesday, June 19 and lasting through the weekend.
The Forest Service reports that they do not know how many people to expect, but they were told to plan for between 200 and 2,000 attendees.
The community can expect increased vehicle traffic through the area.
The Rainbow Family is a loosely affiliated group of individuals committed to principles of non-violence and egalitarianism.
In the past, the Rainbow Family has held their annual national event on the Ochoco National Forest and about 20,000 to 30,000 people attended. A similar gathering took place in 2017 near John Day on the Malheur National Forest. That crowd was estimated at 12,000.
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