05/14/2010 05:39 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Under-The-Radar National Parks And Monuments: Where To Go To Avoid The Crowds This Season

As the weather gets (gradually) warmer and memorial day approaches, the region's national parks will inevitably start to swell with visitors. Nearly 3 million visitors are expected to visit Rocky Mountain National Park alone this year.

With that in mind, we decided to take a look at some of the national parks and monuments in the region with lower attendance, but just as much to offer. From the reservoirs at Curecanti to the artifacts at Canyon de Chelly, these parks offer some of the most unique outdoor experiences in the country without the crowds.

Check out our list of the best under-the -radar national parks below:

Outdoors (and under the radar) In Colorado