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Can you legally smoke these in Muir Woods National Monument? Photo by CrazyD via Wikipedia.

Yes, yes, I know that you always consult the Superintendent’s Compendium of designations, closures, permit requirements and other restrictions as required under Title 36 Code of Federal Regulation § 1.7(b) before visiting a national park. But do you really know all you need to know to be a responsible park visitor? Take this little quiz and find out.

1. True/False Federal law requires that seat belts must be worn when driving or riding as a passenger in a national park.

2. True/False Smoking is prohibited within Muir Woods National Monument.

3. True/False It is illegal to use skateboards or other coasting devices on Acadia National Park roads.

4. True/False It is illegal to scatter human remains from an aircraft at Petrified Forest National Park.

5. True/False You can legally tie your pack horse to a tree in Yosemite National Park.

6. True/False Segway users in Big Bend National Park must obey the speed limit.

7. True/False It is illegal to walk your dog on a seven-foot leash in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

8. True/False Bicyclists must wear a helmet while riding anywhere in Mammoth Cave National Park.

9. True/False It is illegal to possess a Frisbee at Hampton National Historic Site.

10. True/False A visitor who is attacked by a bear, mountain lion, alligator, or other dangerous predator while visiting a national park may defend himself using all available means, but only if in possession of a permit issued pursuant to NPS Regulation 4.0.11(d).


1. True This applies to all national parks, period.

2. True But it’s OK to smoke in the parking lot and entrance plaza.

3. False You may use coasting devices such as skateboards, rollerblades, and roller skis on roads that are closed to automobiles.

4. False It is legal to scatter human remains from an aircraft at Petrified Forest National Park, but the remains must be ashes from a cremation and the scattering of the ashes is to be performed at a minimum altitude of 2000 feet above the ground.

5. True You may tie your pack horse to a tree in Yosemite National Park, but only as long as it takes to load or unload it.

6. True When used by authorized visitors on authorized trails at Big Bend National Park, Segways must proceed no faster than “brisk walk” speed.

7. True There is a six-foot limit on pet leashes at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

8. True There are no exceptions.

9. False You may possess a Frisbee while visiting Hampton National Historic Site, but you cannot legally throw it or catch it.

10. False It’s OK to protect yourself when attacked. So far, anyway.

Postscript: Traveler posts a national park-themed quiz each Wednesday. We've posted over three dozen so far. Give 'em a try if you haven't already.


Haven't been to all of the parks, but still fun & informative. Thanks!

i,ve ben told that you can not use a metal detector in a national park say like lake meade national park.

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