Hi! After the VT Texas Meet on Sept. 27-28, I was thinking of flying west to a yet unidentified location (Santa Fe? Phoenix? Las Vegas?) where I could rent a car (unless public transportation could be an option, but I doubt it) and head to the Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde National Park, doing maybe some kind of loop and seeing other sights on the way (I have about 11 days)... Thing is, I have no idea what the roads and weather can be like in that area by late Sept.-early Oct. and I'd rather avoid heavy traffic... What then would be the best starting point?
Also, I'm not sure how much I can see in that time span, given that I'd really like to go to these 2 spots, but there seems to be a lot to see in that area... Any recommendation is welcome - also regarding guided tours and accommodation (I'm more or less on a budget)...
'Merci beaucoup' if you can help! :-)