Hi, I'm new to this site and was just after some assistance in my planning. My partner and I are in our early/mid twenties and are from Australia and are planning a round trip starting in Vegas between January and February 2016. We have roughly 4-6 weeks in which we can travel and have come up with a decent itinerary.
We will be renting a small 4wd from Vegas and returning it to Vegas. We will stay in basic accomodation. As a general overview, We will start in Vegas and head towards Phoenix via Grand Canyon, flagstaff and meteor crater. From there we will head to Tucson and then continue to las cruces (NM). From las cruces we will travel to Carlsbad and onto Roswell and alberqurque. We aren't sure whether or not to travel to Cortez (CO) via Santa Fe ? Or straight from alberquque ?. From Cortez we will head back to Las Vegas via northern New Mexico, southern Utah and Northern Arizona visiting national parks and monuments (four corners, ship rock, valley of gods, monument valley, antelope anyone, Bruce canyon, Zion and more depending on weather of course).
Our main concerns are whether or not we have enough time for this trip ? How long should this trip realistically take in winter? Whether or not the time of year we are going is suitable for this type (mainly sites/nature) trip ? and basically if you think there is anything we should change/delete/add to the trip ?
I appreciate all your help, thank you.