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Big Sandy Opening. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Big Sandy Opening
Pinedale Online file photo. This shows the open areas typical along this road to Big Sandy Opening. There is SNOW here now and the road is not open all the way to the top yet. Hopefully will be by July 1. Please check back for updates. We'll try to keep everyone posted on road conditions.

Interesting Geology. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Interesting Geology
You'll pass by interesting rock formations on the way in. Note: There are no rattlesnakes here. But we do have bears (black and griz - however, if 30,000 people show up, they probably won't be an issue). Pinedale Online file photo.

Aspen trees along road in. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Aspen trees along road in
Pinedale Online file photo. You'll drive through pretty groves of aspen trees on the way in. It is early spring here, so leaves will just be coming on the trees. Deer, antelope and moose frequent these areas. Please drive carefully, and bring a camera!

Dutch Joe. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Dutch Joe
Pinedale Online file photo. Note, there is SNOW here now (June 11, 2008)!
Rainbow Family to meet near Pinedale July 1-7, 2008
by Pinedale Online!
June 5, 2008

The 2008 “World Family Gathering” of the Rainbow Family of the Living Light will be in western Wyoming, near Pinedale, July 1-7.

The gathering will happen within 50 miles of Pinedale. Scouts have been in the area to select the site. They have been in contact with Bridger-Teton National Forest officials, and the exact location will be announced soon. Possibilities being considered include the Boulder Lake and Union Pass areas.

The “Rainbow Family of Living Light’ is totally free and non-commercial. They express the ideals of peace, non-violence, ecology, spirituality, love, freedom and harmony with the natural systems of the Earth. The gatherings include communal socialization with workshops on non-violent direct action, alternate healing, yoga, making music, art and dance. They discourage firearms and alcohol at the meetings. All Rainbow Gatherings are held with an open invitation to people of all walks of life and of all beliefs.

The Family does not have designated leaders and there is no official or legal structure to their organization. There is no membership and no one person speaks for the entire group.

The Rainbow Family has gatherings throughout the year in regional, national and international settings. They are typically held in outdoor settings, usually on National Forest land. Regional gatherings can have as many as 5,000 people. The annual U.S. Gathering can bring as many as 30,000 people.

This will be the third Rainbow Family Gathering in Wyoming since 1972. Their second-ever gathering was held on the Shoshone National Forest in 1973. They last came to the Bridger-Teton National Forest in 1994.

United States annual Rainbow Family gatherings
• 1972: Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado
• 1973: Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming
• 1974: Dixie National Forest, Utah
• 1975: Ozark National Forest, Arkansas
• 1976: Lewis and Clark National Forest, Montana
• 1977: Gila National Forest, New Mexico
• 1978: Umpqua National Forest, Oregon
• 1979: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona
• 1980: Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia
• 1981: Colville National Forest, Washington
• 1982: Boise National Forest, Idaho
• 1983: Ottawa National Forest, Michigan
• 1984: Modoc National Forest, California
• 1985: Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri
• 1986: Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania
• 1987: Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina
• 1988: Angelina National Forest, Texas
• 1989: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada
• 1990: Superior National Forest, Minnesota
• 1991: Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont
• 1992: White River National Forest, Colorado
• 1993: Talladega National Forest, Alabama and in Kentucky
• 1994: Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming
• 1995: Carson National Forest, New Mexico
• 1996: Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri
• 1997: Ochoco National Forest, Oregon
• 1998: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona
• 1999: Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania
• 2000: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Montana
• 2001: Boise National Forest, Idaho
• 2002: Ottawa National Forest, Michigan
• 2003: Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah
• 2004: Modoc National Forest, California
• 2005: Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia
• 2006: Routt National Forest, Colorado
• 2007: Ozark National Forest, Arkansas
• 2008: site to be announced, Wyoming

Editor's Note: We are happy to answer questions for anyone who wants more information about this area. Please e-mail

Related Links
  • Rainbow Wyoming 2008 - Rainbow Wyoming 2008
  • Map to Big Sandy Lodge - Guest ranch at the end of the Big Sandy Opening road. Same directions apply for this gathering, just don't go as far up the road.
  • Peace be with us - Jackson Hole News & Guide, June 11, 2008
  • Annual Gathering of the Tribes in Wyoming
  • Wyoming Gathering
  • Rainbow Gathering - Wikipedia

  • Road Junction. Photo by Pinedale Online.
    Road Junction
    The way in is a bit confusing. Miles of gravel road before you get to the mountains and forest. Watch for signs at road junctions. This road intersection crosses the Lander Cut-off of the Oregon Trail and is marked with a white marker post. You'll also pass across the main Oregon Trail and the Pony Express trail on the way in. History buffs, there is a lot of intersting history all along the route into this site! Drivers, also please note, this route is along the Continental Divide Mountain Biking Trail, so you may encounter bicyclists along this road. Wildlife too. Please drive with care. (And bring a spare tire.)

    Beaver Pond. Photo by Pinedale Online.
    Beaver Pond
    The road into Big Sandy takes you past beaver ponds. The road gets narrow and a bit steep past here. Watch for traffic around blind corners and please drive slowly. The road can be a bit rough, but sedans and low-clearance vehicles can make it if they take it slow (RVs too.) Make sure to fill up on gas before leaving Farson or Boulder and bring a good spare tire.

    Big Sandy Lodge. Photo by Big Sandy Lodge.
    Big Sandy Lodge
    Big Sandy Lodge is the only commercial facility in the Big Sandy area. They are open summer only and have 10 small guest cabins and a nice lodge. They are located at the end of the Big Sandy road not far from the wilderness boundary and trailhead access. They will have their own guest operations going on and guests using the same access road while the gathering is taking place. All services (food and lodging) must be arranged in advance with them because their supplies must all be brought in from Rock Springs. They have limited capability to handle unannounced, drop-in guests. This area will also be being used by hikers, campers, fishermen, horse trailers, ATVs, and back-country recreationists using the same road to access the forest and Bridger Wilderness trailhead.
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