We are thinking about a 8 -9 day trip to northern AZ in mid October of 2012. I love heat and the sun, DH and DD like the sun but not so much the heat. We would fly into Phoenix and probably out of there too. Mainly want to see Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Wouldn't mind also seeing a few other spots if time like the painted desert if worthwhile that time of year.
Questions - generally what can we expect wether wise in Phoenix, Sedona and GC?
Is there a good chance the mule ride would be a COLD experience? If we did not do a mule ride are there other ways to experience the GC (we're not fit enought to walk in and out though).
We could wait to go another year and go in late May but with only a week-ish we don't want to travel too far so our option from AK are limited. We can always go to Hawaii if the consensus is to wait til a late May trip.