11-May-2007 -- I was at Zion National Park for a business conference. The conference was at a hotel in Springdale, UT, the closest city to Zion. Before heading home to the Salt Lake City area, my quest was to visit 37 N 113 E.
I had two possible routes to Colorado City, AZ from Springdale, UT. The first was a 21-mile, relatively direct route, following an unknown, and possibly very bumpy, dirt road. The second option was to go from Springdale, UT to Hurricane, UT and ultimately to Colorado City, AZ. This second route was paved the whole way, but was more than twice as long (46 miles).
Although I was hesitant to venture onto the unknown dirt road with my little Honda Accord, I ultimately chose the shorter route. From Springdale, I traveled to Rockville, UT and turned south onto Bridge Road. I soon approached the bridge (thus the name “Bridge Road”) which seemed barely wide enough for just one car. I then took a right onto “Grafton Road” where the pavement soon ended.
I became somewhat concerned as the dirt road became rougher and rougher. I was also slightly troubled at how quickly this road seemed incredibly remote, and how I would be in a world of trouble if I had any type of car trouble on this incredibly bumpy road that was giving my tires an extreme workout. However, within a few miles, the road conditions improved and I was able to more fully enjoy the stunning scenery (photo #7). I soon found Hwy. 59 and it was just another nine (paved) miles to the confluence point. See my route to the confluence with this link.
The confluence point was an easy find. The location looked very similar to the photographs from the prior visits. The GPS easily zeroed out at an accuracy of 15 feet.
After the confluence visit, I wandered around Colorado City to see what I could see (if anything) of the FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) polygamy lifestyle. I didn’t see too many people outside (it was, after all, Friday afternoon). I did see some of the enormous homes that likely house a few dozen people each. I also stumbled upon what appears to be one of their churches (photo #8).