US National Parks I by SokolM


Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads. Actually, scratch that. A National Park can be an exciting addition to any road trip, but unfortunately US National Park road names are often boringly generic or simply self-referencing. This is not a quiz about those roads. Identify the US National Park (i.e. unit of the National Park Service specifically with the words "National Park" in its name) based on the name and/or description of one or more roads within its boundaries. There is no need to include the words "National Park" as part of your answer. All road names are taken from the official park maps.


Answer the questions below to the best of your ability without using outside resources. Outside references include (but certainly are not limited to) searching for an answer on the internet, looking at maps, using a calculator, or asking a friend (or foe) if they know the answer. Basically, you are relying on your brain (and maybe a pencil and paper).

For each correct answer, you will receive 15 points. You must also mark 5 questions as "money" questions. For each money question that you answer correctly, you will receive bonus points equal to the percent of players who answered incorrectly. (That is, if 25% of players got a question right, its money bonus would be worth 75 points.) You still don't get any points for a wrong answer, though, so try to select the hardest questions you think you have answered correctly. (Note: You can't use outside resources to help pick your money questions either.)

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Question 1

Badwater Road, which stretches for 45 miles as it runs by its namesake Basin.

Question 2

Cadillac Summit Road, which runs 3.5 miles from the (generically named) Park Loop Road to the highest point on the eastern seaboard.

Question 3

Going-to-the-Sun Road, named after a nearby mountain, stretches for 50 miles and crosses the continental divide at Logan Pass.

Question 4

Chain of Craters Road, which stretches almost 19 miles from Crater Rim Drive to the coast (previously the road extended even farther but portions are no longer driveable).

Question 5

Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuously paved road in the US, reaches a crest of 12,183 feet, and covers 48 miles between the towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake.

Question 6

Skyline Drive, which runs for 105 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Question 7

Cactus Forest Scenic Loop, a combination one- and two-way 8-mile drive that allows viewing of the park's namesake flora.

Question 8

Cliff Palace Loop, which passes by both the road's namesake as well as Balcony House.

Question 9

(NOTE: 2 answers required) Generals Highway, named after a prominent feature of each park, actually runs through two national parks. Name BOTH. The name of one of the parks accurately describes both of the road's namesakes - General Grant and General Sherman.

Question 10

Chisos Basin Road, which rises more than 2,000 feet across 6 miles as it transitions from desert to mountain habitat.

Question 11

Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive, which ascends to the tallest peak in the Snake Range (and second tallest peak in its state), where you will find bristlecone pines.

Question 12

McCarthy Road, an unpaved route winding for 60 miles from the Edgerton Highway to the road's namesake town and the nearby Kennecott Mines and Root Glacier.