Here’s the dilemma: You want to explore the West’s huge treasure of public land, but you don’t want to be accompanied by crowds of people. Ditto for the North Rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in western Colorado. Or try starting at the edges of popular places like Arches National Park in Utah or Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and checking out what’s nearby. A national forest adjacent to a national park may share the same landscape that a park boasts. Recommended ReadingIf you wanna get way out there, far from the madding crowds, check out a copy of Bureau of Land Management Camping: Directory of 1,142 Camping Areas in 11 States.