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National Park Quiz 91: Hearts

Clipart heart by Stacey.

Our quiz theme this month is apropos of February-the-Valentine- month. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we'll make you buy the quizmeister a big box of chocolates. Cream centers.

The quizmeister is grateful to John Giorgis for his help in creating this quiz.

1. A shuttle bus ride deep into the heart of Denali National Park and Preserve will bring you to ______ , where spectacular views of Mt. McKinley can be enjoyed when the weather cooperates.
a. Spirit Lake
b. Wonder Lake
c. Hidden Lake
d. Bear Lake

2. Tony Bennett practically "owns" the song I Left My Heart in San Francisco. If he had added that he left it on the Balclutha, that would mean that he visited
a. Alcatraz
b. Crissy Field
c. Fort Point National Historic Site
d. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

3. It's said that John Muir died of a broken heart when he passed away on Christmas Eve, 1914, having recently failed to convince Congress that it should not authorize construction of the
a. Wawona Hotel
b. O'Shaughnessy Dam
c. Tioga Pass Road
d. Badger Pass Ski Area

4. An eight-mile hike on the Heart Lake Trail will take you from the trailhead to Heart Lake in one of the most pristine areas of
a. Yellowstone National Park
b. Yosemite National Park
c. Mount Rainier National Park
d. Voyageurs National Park

5. Before being bought out by ______ in 1993, the Yosemite Park and Curry Company operated under a “sweetheart contract” that compelled it to give only a tiny amount of its profits back to the park.
a. Xanterra
b. Universal Studios
c. the National Parks Conservation Association
d. the National Park Foundation

6. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. may not have had a heart of gold, but he did have a special place in his heart for national parks. He made key donations for the creation of Acadia National Park and contributed land and/or money that helped to create or expand all of the following parks EXCEPT: (Choose the one that "does not belong.")
a. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
b. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
c. Yosemite National Park
d. Shenandoah National Park

7. All of the following statements about the 22-mile Heart of Acadia loop through Acadia National Park are true EXCEPT: (Choose the one that "does not belong.")
a. The Heart of Acadia loop follows carriage roads.
b. The Heart of Acadia loop has steep sections.
c. Backpackers can camp at specified locations along the Heart of Acadia loop
d. Horseback riding and bicycling are permitted on the Heart of Acadia loop.

8. It's a challenging hike, but you'll see plenty of interesting rock formations if you take the Heart of Rocks Loop trail in
a. Natural Bridges National Monument
b. Chiricahua National Monument
c. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
d. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

9. You can see an unusual rock formation called Heart of the Monster if you visit the right part of
a. Capulin Volcano National Monument
b. Dinosaur National Monument
c. Grand Canyon National Park
d. Nez Perce National Historical Park

10. The headquarters of ______ is located in the town of Valentine.
a. Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
b. Devils Postpile National Monument
c. Niobrara National Scenic River
d. Joshua Tree National Park

Extra Credit Question

11. Dee Brown's bestselling book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1970) bears a title that refers to the site at which a massacre of Indians took place in 1890. The massacre site is on an Indian reservation, and a portion of that Indian reservation is managed as a national park component. Name the reservation and the national park.

Super Bonus Question:

12. Having scored a reserve ticket, I'm about to climb to the Statue of Liberty's crown. I've got my heart set on taking some awesome pictures with my new camera and maybe sneaking in a "guess where I am?" cell phone call to a neighbor back home. Now I'm warned that I can't bring my cell phone with me to Liberty's crown. I point out that several other people in our tour group are being allowed to bring their cell phones with them. I'm told that this does not violate the rules. How can that be?


(1) b -- Wonder Lake is about 85 miles from the park entrance. The bus trip on the park road takes about six hours.

(2) d -- The Balclutha is a historic (1886) sailing ship berthed at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

(3) b -- The O'Shaughnessy Dam, which Congress authorized the year before Muir's death and completed in 1925, impounded a reservoir on the Tuolumne River that drowned Yosemite's spectacularly scenic Hetch Hetchy Valley.

(4) a -- The Heart Lake Trail is a popular overnight backpacking trip into one of the wildest areas of Yellowstone National Park.

(5) d -- After the National Park Foundation bought out the Curry Company in 1993, a new contract was awarded to Yosemite Concession Services Corp.

(6) a -- Vermont's Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park was established in 1992, more than 30 years after John D. Rockefeller, Jr. died (in 1960). The park honors Frederick Billings, George Perkins Marsh, Laurence Rockefeller, and his wife Mary French Rockefeller.

(7) c -- Backcountry or backpacking-style camping is not permitted anywhere in Acadia National Park.

(8) b -- The 7.3 mile Heart of Rocks Loop is the centerpiece trail in Arizona's Chiricahua National Monument.

(9) d -- Heart of the Monster, a rock formation in East Kamiah, Idaho named for a creation story at the heart of Nez Perce culture, is now one of the more than three dozen components of Nez Perce National Historical Park.

(10) c -- The headquarters of Niobrara National Scenic River is in Valentine, Nebraska.

(11) The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (Pine Ridge Agency) in southwest South Dakota contains the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre. The South Unit of Badlands National Park lies entirely on Pine Ridge Reservation land.

(12) The applicable rule states that you may bring a camera (without bag) to the statue's crown, but you may take a cell phone with you only if it's your only camera. (We swear we did not make this up.)

Grading: 9 or 10 correct, rest on your laurels; 7 or 8 correct, pretty darn good; 6 correct, passable fair; 5 or fewer correct, nothing to brag about.


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