I've only just naively got onto the fact that Monument Valley isn't so far away from GCNP South rim.
Our current itinerary for this part of the trip (and I do know it is rushed, we are literally sight seeing, photographing - we are not hikers but appreciate the outdoors - please bear in mind it is unlikely we'll ever get the chance to head out this way again).
Fly in to Vegas late Saturday night, get a rental car drive to Boulder City. Sleep in a cheap-o motel.
Sunday - wake up refreshed and off to the Hoover Dam for an hour or so around 9am-10am, grab some food for the drive, then on the road to the Grand Canyon National Park. Arrive around 3pm.
Sunday night - Get some food from the shops in GCNP and have a picnic watching the sunset. I saw this idea on another post and loved it! Stay in Yavapai lodge (is this decent enough? we can get availability it is this or hotels in Tuyasan at the moment - none of the reviews are sparkling for any of the places except El Tovar & co.)
Monday morning - Get up early to watch the sunrise over the canyon. The plan was to head out back to Las Vegas at this point, but with the introduction of monument valley, I'm thinking of lingering in GCNP until about 11am, then heading up to Kayenta, taking some snaps, maybe staying over there somewhere (not much choice I know) and then make the longggg drive back to Las Vegas on the Tuesday.
I know we don't have much time.
Is the area around Kayenta the kind of thing you'd see in the films/Westerns? It seems to be from what I can see. Is it worth this extra few hours/sleep over to see it bearing everything I said in mind?
The more I look at it (just found Goulding Lodge/The View hotel) the more I really want to go, but does the schedule sound too punishing?
Thanks in advance for any replies to any bit of the post :)