14-Feb-2001 -- Wednesday morning we left my brother-in-law's place in Heber City, Utah, and drove south - destination Zion Nat'l Park. We routed our trip on state and federal highways, rather than I-15, to maximize confluence accessability. This confluence lay only about 350 feet west of Utah State Highway 130, a little more than 20 miles north of Cedar City. My wife and I hiked through about 6 inches of snow and over some sagebrush to the actual confluence.
The confluence lies at 6080 feet elevation, on a saddle in the Mineral Mountains. The supposed source of this name can be found in the variety of types of gravel found in the highway pavement. As the photos demonstrate, there's not much there besides sagebrush, snow, and the highway, though we were passed by several trucks, a few motorists, and one golden eagle.