Originally Posted by dyvking
For Monument Valley.. (should not be missed if you're in the area, IMHO) :FRom Durango go West to Cortez, then drop south on Hwy 491 to Route 162 and go Northwest up to Bluff on Hwy 191 in Utah, then South on 191 back into Arizona to 160. That will give you a good flavor of what Monument Valley is all about. There's a ton of stuff to see out there.. and you could spend many days rolling around.. but the above route will at least give you the "drive-by" version. Then you could go south down to Chinle and Cyn deChelly if desired.
Sorry on the mis-cue regarding the Yosemite area. I was still going on the idea that you were doing San Francisco first. .
Like this? Thats not a bad detour. The more I approach, the more I realize... I need MOAR TOIME!