It calls itself a nonorganization with nonmembers, and among its tenents is taking care of the Earth. The Rainbow Family, gathering this week in the Routt National Forest 30 miles from Steamboat Springs, will have a lot of caring to do when its crowd of 10,000 to 20,000 leaves.
The family descends upon a national forest once a year. Campers are in a drought-parched area of the Routt forest, and officials say the forest has been "tremendously impacted" by the family members who dug group latrines and fire pits and made informal trails and paths.
The family says it always leaves some members behind to reseed damaged areas, cover fire pits and remove bridges over streams. Forest officials say they will make sure they follow through.