8,000 visited Uinta Mountains for Rainbow Gathering

By Jason Nguyen

Published 07/09 2014 12:23PM

Updated 07/09 2014 04:18PM

HEBER CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Law enforcement had 587 total incidents dealing with the rainbow gathering including 31 arrests.

136 violations were issued and 195 warnings were given. 225 people were written up.

Since the Rainbow Gathering was announced many residents in the area were upset.

"There are probably some folks who were very concerned to what will play out. There were some arrests made but over all the majority of people tried to obey," said District Ranger Jeff Schramm.

Rangers say this event was as good as anyone could ask for.

"They have been pretty receptive to the kind of operation we have with where they put their fire rings, put their camps and work with us," said Schramm.

Only 8,000 people showed up compared to the 20,000 initially reported.

Now cleanup efforts are underway.

"Individuals will be going around with sacks gathering up garbage. A lot of that has already taken place," he added.

The cleanup won't cost tax payers anything.

"They are paying for all of their garbage removal. We won't be paying for any of that," said Schramm.

There is a certain group with the gathering doing the cleaning and restoring the Uinta Mountains to its natural state.

They will be there the next couple of weeks.

The majority of people have already left the camp site. For the people that did stay from the Rainbow Gathering they will have 14 days from July 7th to get out of there before being moved by the rangers.

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