I want to take my family with five small children on a road trip from Albuquerque to the Grand Canyon. We have five days and would like to keep a pretty tight budget. My thought is to drive early in the morning Abq west to the petrified forest, have a long picnic and stretching time for the kids then drive to flagstaff. I figured a little dinner and hotel pool would be enough for the first night. The next day I was thinking slide rock park for the majority of the day and then drive up to page for the night. From page I would like to spend a day or two seeing the coolest Grand Canyon sights that the kids can enjoy and then drive home through the four corners area?
I've never been to any of these areas, I am concerned about the kids being able to get to the attractions and about the whole trip being too hot...any suggestions would be great.