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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The Forest Service is temporarily banning all-terrain vehicles in an area of the Utah mountains where the Rainbow Family is planning their annual gathering.
The restriction affects Forest Service Road zero-five-eight, also known as North Slope Road, in Summit County, which will be a primary access road to the gathering.
A Forest Service statement says that ATV use is being restricted due to safety issues relating to expected heavy traffic from the large gathering.
This year, the loosely organized counter-culture group's annual Fourth of July gathering will be in the Little West Fork Black's Fork area, about 70 miles east of Salt Lake City on the north slope of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
The gathering is July first through seventh.
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