We are starting our roadtrip starting in the beginning of November from Sonora, California (West of Yosemite) and we have a sweet four wheel drive Landcruiser we had been planning on taking to do some backroad trips or get through some of the rough terrain of these canyon lands. However, the gas mileage is somewhere around the 14 miles per gallon. We don't have loads of money to blow on gas. We have a Pruis that is 50 miles to the gallon, that's a significant amount of $ difference. BUT, that could choke off access to a lot of things we want to see.
Here's our itinerary:
Head straight to North Rim of Grand Canyon (we wanted to hike Tuweep which would require the Landcruiser, w/o it we'd have to cut this)
Buckskin Gulch to hike for a few days in the Canyon weather permitting (need 4 wheel drive to trail heads?)
We got the the mileage down to about 1900 round trip. For 2 people taking the Landcruiser offers more, but it is almost $200 per person more to take it. Haven never been there I could use some advice on the terrain. And if you have any words of advice on things to see and trips to take or the order we are doing things (trying to knock of Tuweep and Buckskin before the weather is too bad to tackle them) Thank you!