American National Parks by RoseM2

Champion(s):

BaileyBW
The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.


Runner(s)-Up:

srs
Truck Fump


Quiz Description

They've been called America's best idea. I call them America's best source of trivia. This quiz involves twelve questions related to the National Parks, national monuments, and other related designations of areas. Difficulty is mixed, though only the true trailheads have a shot at all 12. *****IMPORTANT NOTE: I have been VERY deliberate in my terminology in this quiz. If I say "national park," I mean National Park--not National Monument, or National Seashore, or anything else. If I say Historic Park, I mean National Historic Park. Etc. I'm very specific. Keep that in mind while formulating your answers.

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Questions:

What writer, historian, and naturalist first called the national parks "America's best idea"?

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Wallace Stegner

The capital of the Havsuw╩╝ Baaja reservation--a town of 208, often called the most geographically isolated community in the lower 48 states--abuts what national park?

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Grand Canyon (the town, Supai/Havasuuw, is at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, near Cataract Falls)

What national park claims the most annual visitors, due (in part) to the highway running right down the center of it?

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

WHICH STATE was, until 2013, the only state WITHOUT a national park unit of any kind? It now has one, though it shares it with a neighbor. (And no, "national historic trails" don't count.)

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Delaware

What national monument was famously sculpted out of mashed potatoes in the 1977 movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind?

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Devil's Tower

Which state has, in whole or in part, the most National Parks within its borders? (It also has, incidentally, the most national park UNITS--including national historic sites, national monuments, and all the rest.)

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California (9 parks)

What national park, located in Florida, is more than 95% water?

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Biscayne Bay

Canyonlands National Park in Utah contains the confluence of two major western American rivers. Name both of them.

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Green, Colorado

What Arkansas national park was set aside as a "federal reserve" in 1832 by an act of congress, making it the oldest park managed by NPS?

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Hot Springs NP

Many parks in the Four Corners area (most prominently Mesa Verde) are home to ruins of the Ancestral Puebloan civilization. Until recently, the Ancestral Puebloans were commonly referred to by what now-retired Navajo moniker?

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Anasazi

What mountain's south slope is home to Paradise, an area which, at 670" of average annual snowfall, makes it one of the snowiest places in the world?

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Mount Rainier

The US-Canada border is home to a "International Peace Park", which is comprised of twin national parks. Waterton Lakes National Park lies on the Canadian side of the border. What is the name of its sister park on the American side?

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Glacier National Park