On around Nov 20/21 i will be traveling to Redding with my 3 year old son. I want to take him into the mountains but i am a little unsure of the safest route for us at this time of year. I had planned on going through the rockies but i'm now thinking that a route through san juan national forest would be better. I also want to go through canyon lands and arches n.p.'s but again i am not sure of driving conditions. I want to take the most scenic route possible but i also can't afford more than 2 nights for a hotel. I don't care about sticking to major highways as long as the roads i do take are safe. I can handle some snow and ice but would prefer to avoid anywhere that chains are required.
ANY suggestions would be most welcome. I have my son all worked up over seeing the mountains so i want to really show him!