The date: late January-early February.
The route: From Southern California, on I-15 and I-40 to Meteor Crater, AZ. Northwards to Four Corners. Hwy-160 east and north through Wolf Creek Pass, CO. Hwy 149 north over Slumgillion Pass, to Hwy 50 just west of Gunnison. 50E to 285N north of Poncha Springs, 285N to 24E through Buena Vista, CO. 91 E over Fremont Pass and to Interstate 70, where I will go east at least as far as the detour over Loveland Pass.
Then back to the highway, I-70W through Eisenhower Tunnel and all the way through CO and UT until catching 89 South, which I would take until catching SR-67 South to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Then back to 89, thence to I-15, thence to Las Vegas and home.
1. How long? 10 days?
2. How viable? Will these roads and mountain passes be open at the beginning of February? If not, what is the best way to get from Four Corners to I-70 in the Rocky Mountains?
3. What are viewing conditions at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon like in early February? Are they any better or worse than the South Rim? For that matter, assuming a clear day, how does the view from the North Rim, where I've never gone, compare to the South Rim that I've seen several times? I am trying to decide whether to follow my planned route or skip Meteor Crater and go to the tried-and-true South Rim.
4. To get to Four Corners from Meteor Crater, Streets and Trips is telling me to stay on the interstate to Gallup, NM, and take secondary roads north. How does that compare with taking secondary roads straight from the crater through the Navajo reservation?
5. If I stop and take a few pictures along the highway in Colorado City, AZ (the polygamist town), will they shoot me?