SW Colorado Getting Ready For 9-Day Hippie Festival

Authorities in southwestern Colorado are preparing for an upcoming counterculture festival.

The Daily Sentinel reports that national forest land outside the town of Norwood will play host to a Rainbow Gathering for nine days in August. The loosely-organized festivals evoke the hippie vibe of the 1960s.

San Miguel County sheriff's spokeswoman Susan Lilly says deputies have already dealt with a couple minor drinking-related encounters, which she says is typical for festivals.

The U.S. Forest Service is working with the group on an operations plan and Sheriff Bill Masters sent out a news release to warn residents about the gathering.

The sheriff's office says dozens of people have arrived and hundreds more could potentially show up for the Aug. 19-28 festival.