As part of a 4 week "classic" southwestern circle (LA - SF - Las Vegas - Grand Canyon - Monument Valley - Joshua Tree - San Diego - LA) summer trip (Mid-june to mid-july), I'm needing some inspiration for the Monument Valley - Joshua Tree National Park leg.
We are planning on leaving Flagstaff/Sedona/Williams early in the morning, spending the day at the Grand Canyon before heading northeast towards Monument Valley. I expect to overnight in Kayenta, AZ before going into the valley the following morning. We are just driving through and stopping to take pictures so I don't expect our visit to the valley to take more than 3-4 hours.
Say we'd want to leave Monument Valley at 1pm having a day and a half to get to Twentynine Palms. What route should I take? Where should we overnight? I wouldn't mind driving down through the Reservation and seeing the Petrified Forest NP and possible staying on the Reservation. Or would it be more feasible to head back down towards Flagstaff and then back west on I-40?
Ideas and thoughts are very welcome :)