If you're craving a taste of nature with a generous helping of solitude, this roundup of the West's untapped national parks, reserves and monuments is a 12-course feast.

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THEY ARE THE WEST'S UNTAPPED TREASURES, national parks andmonuments that get a fraction of the visitation seen by the GrandCanyon, Yellowstone, or Yosemite. These unheralded parks offer allthe drama and grandeur of their more famous cousins: giants of theancient forest, mysterious caves, sun-warmed islands, and geologicmarvels.

Weekend use will always be higher than midweek, and you'll haveto plan ahead to get a camping space at some smaller destinations.But if you're craving a taste of nature with a generous helping ofsolitude, this roundup is a 12-course feast.

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