Hi All, Firstly, I apologise if this is in the wrong place. It regards a trip across states so I was a bit lostas to where to post.
I'm in the process of working out a route for an 18 day grand circle trip in May of next year. I've gotten quite far but there is one part that I keep coming back to. I plan on beginning in Phoenix and finishing in Las Vegas, taking in Grand Canyon, then working towards Southwest CO, then up to Moab, across to UT12, finishing with Bryce and Zion. The part that I am least convinced about at the moment is the leg between Grand Canyon South Rim and Southwest Colorado (likely Durango/Ouray area). I would like to see Monument Valley and there are some other things in the Page area, particularly antelope canyon that would be cool to get a look at. However, I'm not convinced about using a night in Monument Valley, both in terms of maximising time and the insane price of lodging there. Many posts I've read around here aren't particularly complimentary of Page either.
I'm looking for any ideas people may have for making the best of this portion of the circle without using up too much time that could be spend elsewhere. Would it be a pain to drive straight through from page to somewhere like cortez with a look at monument valley on the way? We like hiking, scenic drives, swimming and kayaking and are trying our best to avoid uncomfortable amounts of time driving boring roads. I'm just spitballing so any ideas are welcome, the more the merrier.