Went to Mesa Verde years ago and loved it. Wanted to go back with my 9 year old. Planning to fly into Phoenix and include Sedona, South Rim, and Monument Valley on the way to Mesa Verde. Roundtrip this is approx 1000 miles in one week. That might be pushing it for a 9 year old. So toying with the idea of foregoing Mesa Verde. This would eliminate a few hours and a few hundred miles from the trip.
But I noticed that Navajo National Monument is not far off the road as we head to Monument Valley. There is a Betakin overlook that would provide at least a feel for the Cliff Dwellings. Otherwise, the NPS site says the hike to Betakin is 3 - 5 hours and moderately strenuous. We'll be there late June and that temp and/or hike length might be pushing it for my 9 year old.
Thoughts from anyone who's familiar with the area?