We are planning on a 12 day trip visiting a number of National Parks arriving in Phoenix on October 6th. We planned to rent a car (not a SUV) and stop at the Petrified Forest, stay in Mexican Hat, then Monument Valley, and then to Capitol Reef where we plan to stay for two nights. Then drive on to Zion and then to Death Valley, etc. If the idiots in Congress decide to shut down the government we can still see Monument Valley and maybe find an alternative in Arizona. It looks like the only thing closed at Capitol Reef besides the visitor Center would be the scenic drive so we could take a couple of hikes where we don't have to go through the gate. Am I correct in thinking this. Also are there other non federal parks in the area which would be worthwhile to visit.since Zion would be closed and we would need an alternative.