Heber City, Rainbow Family Find (And Use) Common Ground

The trail entrance to the 2014 Rainbow Gathering, east of Heber City, Utah.

The trail entrance to the 2014 Rainbow Gathering, east of Heber City, Utah.

(KCPW News) Over the holiday weekend—and in the days leading up to it—you may have heard us report on something called the Rainbow Gathering. The event, which took place over the weekend, is a meeting of the self-proclaimed Rainbow Family, a group formed in the early 1970s at the tail end of hippy culture. The group has met annually since 1972 at its national gathering, and this year, about 8,000 Rainbow Family members convened just a few miles east of Heber City, Utah.

Ever since the location of this year’s Rainbow Gathering was publicized, there were concerns about a clash of cultures arising between the free-spirited attendees and the small-town residents of Heber. But did that conflict really pan out?

KCPW’s Ryan Cunningham traveled to Heber to talk to both sides of the Rainbow.

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