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How Well Do You Know Your National Parks?

Do you know your Yellowstones from your Yosemites and your Arches from your Acadias?

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  1. 1. Do you know where you can see this?

    Via Flickr: moondance38
    Zion
    Mesa Verde
    Bryce Canyon
    Shenandoah
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    You can see that in Mesa Verde National Park.

    Famed for its well-preserved cliff dwellings including the (pictured) Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde is located in Colorado.

  2. 2. Where can you find this vista?

    Via Flickr: paraflyer
    Joshua Tree
    Death Valley
    Saguaro
    Badlands
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That's in Joshua Tree National Park.

    Protecting parts of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts, the park is famed for its Joshua trees (pictured), which are actually more closely related to most grasses than other trees. You can find Joshua Tree in California.

  3. 3. Do you know where this is?

    Via Flickr: deedsfam
    Everglades
    Acadia
    Isle Royale
    Dry Tortugas
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That old fort is in the Dry Tortugas National Park.

    Only accessible by boat or sea plane, the Dry Tortugas are located to the west of Key West in Florida. There's great diving as well as the Civil War-era Fort Jefferson (pictured).

    That old fort is in the Dry Tortugas National Park. Via nps.gov
  4. 4. What National Park is this?

    Via Flickr: confusedmime
    Canyonlands
    Grand Canyon
    Arches
    Petrified Forest
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is the Petrified Forest National Park.

    With some of the world's largest deposits of petrified wood (pictured), the Petrified Forest is located in Arizona.

  5. 5. Do you know where these buffalo roam?

    Via Flickr: yellowstonenps
    Yellowstone
    Theodore Roosevelt
    Denali
    Grand Teton
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Those buffalo (or bison) roam in Yellowstone National Park.

    The world's first National Park, Yellowstone is in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. It's home to many of North America's most awesome wildlife from bison (pictured) to grizzly bears.

  6. 6. Do you know where these rocks can be found?

    Via Flickr: snowpeak
    Capitol Reef
    Glacier
    Arches
    Badlands
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Those rocks are in Arches National Park.

    Famed for its sandstone arches, which lend the park its name, Arches is located in Utah.

  7. 7. Do you recognize these mountains?

    Via Flickr: wrst
    Wrangell-St. Elias
    Glacier Bay
    Rocky Mountain
    Lassen Volcanic
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That is the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

    Wrangell-St. Elias is located in Alaska and protects 13 million acres of wilderness and includes Mount St. Elias, one of the highest points in North America.

    That is the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Via nps.gov
  8. 8. Where can you see this peculiar landscape?

    Via Flickr: navin75
    Hawai'i Volcanoes
    Lassen Volcanic
    Gates of the Arctic
    Haleakalā
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That is Haleakalā National Park.

    Protecting the crater of the island of Maui's dormant volcano, Haleakalā can be found in Hawai'i.

  9. 9. Where can you take in this lovely seaside view?

    Via Flickr: matthosford
    Redwood
    Virgin Islands
    Kenai Fjords
    Olympic
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That view can be seen in Olympic National Park.

    Olympic is located in Washington state and its nearly million acres protect some of the most rugged mountains and coastlines in the United States.

  10. 10. Where does the sunrise look like this?

    Via Flickr: rtdphotography
    North Cascades
    Voyageurs
    Isle Royale
    Acadia
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That is Isle Royale National Park.

    Isle Royale is located in the middle of Lake Superior in Michigan. It's only accessible by boat, but that hasn't stopped moose and wolf, as well as other animals, from populating the remote island.

    That is Isle Royale National Park. Via nps.gov
  11. 11. Which National Park is this?

    Via Flickr: miguelvieira
    Congaree
    Everglades
    Kings Canyon
    Redwood
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That is Kings Canyon National Park.

    Protecting 461,901 acres of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Kings Canyon is in California. It is one of the most remote and least developed parks in the National Park system.

  12. 12. Where is this serene body of water?

    Via Flickr: 65047661@N00
    Crater Lake
    Glacier Bay
    Rocky Mountain
    Acadia
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That's Acadia National Park.

    One of the smaller National Parks, Maine's Acadia National Park is home to the beautiful Jordan Pond (pictured) as well as the earliest sunrise in the 50 states, which you can see from the top of Cadillac Mountain.

  13. 13. Where can you see this art of geology?

    Via Flickr: mathieulebreton
    Carlsbad Caverns
    Mammoth Cave
    Wind Cave
    Pinnacles
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That is in Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

    While New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns might not look like much from above ground, below is one of the most epic cave systems on the planet.

  14. 14. Where is this lovely mountain view?

    Via Flickr: jopoe
    Lake Clark
    Mount Rainier
    Denali
    Katmai
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That is in Mount Rainier National Park.

    On a clear day, you can see the famous Mount Rainier from Seattle. The park protects, of course, Mount Rainier, which is the highest peak in the Cascade range.

  15. 15. Where does this river flow?

    Via Flickr: roberthensley
    Guadalupe Mountains
    Grand Canyon
    Big Bend
    Shenandoah
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That's in Big Bend National Park.

    Tucked along the Mexican border in Texas, Big Bend protects 801,163 acres of the Chihuahuan Desert.

  16. 16. Where are these rugged peaks?

    Via Flickr: ru_boff
    Grand Teton
    Sequoia
    Kings Canyon
    Yosemite
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That is Yosemite National Park.

    California's Yosemite National Park is home to some of the most dramatic cliffs and views in the whole world.

  17. 17. Where is this lush tropical paradise?

    Via Flickr: benmiller23
    Virgin Islands
    American Samoa
    Biscayne
    Channel Islands
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That is the National Park of American Samoa.

    The National Park of American Samoa can be found in American Samoa, of course! It's the only one of the United States' National Parks south of the equator.

    That is the National Park of American Samoa. Via nps.gov
  18. 18. Do you recognize this place?

    Via Flickr: stuseeger
    Capitol Reef
    Grand Canyon
    North Cascades
    Badlands
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That is Grand Canyon National Park.

    The Grand Canyon is in Arizona. It's a really large canyon carved by the Colorado River, which you can barely see from the rim.

  19. 19. Do you know where you can see this?

    Via Flickr: gudi3101
    Great Basin
    Cuyahoga Valley
    Black Canyon of the Gunnison
    Great Sand Dunes
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That's in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

    The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is located in Colorado. It's one of the newer National Parks, gaining the designation in 1999.

  20. 20. Which National Park has this?

    Via Flickr: tomsaint
    Kobuk Valley
    Yellowstone
    Hot Springs
    Great Smoky Mountains
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That is in Hot Springs National Park.

    You can find Hot Springs in Arkansas. It's one of the smallest and most urban National Parks. You can even get an old-timey spa treatment in an old-timey hot spring spa.

How Well Do You Know Your National Parks?

You are a regular Park Ranger.

You really know your parks, so get out there and explore!

You are a regular Park Ranger.
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You are a Junior Ranger.

You know your parks pretty well, but there is still so much more for you to explore.

You are a Junior Ranger.
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You are an occasional park tourist.

Imagine the Instagram possibilities with these views!

You are an occasional park tourist.
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Maybe these parks aren't yours.

You might not know the National Parks of the United States well, but maybe they just aren't your national parks. I'm sure your country has some pretty awesome places too! However, if you are American, you need to get out more!

Maybe these parks aren't yours.
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