The U.S. is home to 58 national parks and 128 national monuments. Lucky for us Coloradans, there are a number of these parks and monuments in our backyard.

Colorado is home to four national parks and eight national monuments. Our neighbors to the west, Utah, boasts five national parks and seven national monuments. Also within reach are the parks and monuments of New Mexico and Arizona.

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If you're the road-trip type, they're all reachable in a days drive from Colorado.

While the majority of tourists visiting these parks only witness the phenomenal views during the day, there's a sight to be seen under the stars.

STUNNING: Nighttime photos show the Milky Way over 9 national parks and monuments