My husband and I are planning a roadtrip this May to Arizona and New Mexico for about 8-9 days. We're planning on flying roundtrip to Phoenix and renting a car. Must sees: Sedona, Grand Canyon, Santa Fe, Taos. We're trying to decide on which route to take. Currently looking to do a northern loop clockwise from Phoenix to Sedona to Grand Canyon, then north around the top to Taos, then Santa Fe and then back west across I-40 and back down to Phoenix. We're not sure on which northern route to take given our time constraints. Have looked at taking 160 through the four corners, Mesa Verde and Durango and then 84 down to Taos or 160 to 64 and 84 to Taos.
Which route would you recommend (I've never been to this part of the country and my husband has only been to the Grand Canyon area)? We're looking to drive no more than 4-6 hrs per day and stopping for at least 2 days in the Taos/Santa Fe area. Thanks!