We were lucky enough to pick up a room for one night at the Grand Canyon Lodge on the north rim during our trip to the area this coming October just before it closes for winter. We plan to travel from Las Vegas to Zion NP, the Page area, Monument Valley and the GC North Rim (visited the south rim last year). We are returning to Zion to try once more to hike the Narrows (high water prevented last time) so the bulk of our trip with be in the other areas.
I'm hoping to learn what the road conditions might be like in these areas in October. We'll likely visit MV using a tour company rather than drive on this loop so I'm asking more about main paved roads and potential for snow related issues. Should we play it safe and rent a 4x4 or is it safe to assume the roads will be maintained well enough to get around the major roads in a car? I will be posting a similar message in the GC, Page and Zion forums also.