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The Ultimate Arches National Park Quiz
by Staff
In a remote location some 240 miles southeast of Salt Lake City is what is undoubtedly the most magnificent collection of natural sculpture in the world. Arches National Park contains more than 2,000 sandstone arches. Take this quiz to learn more about this natural wonder.

Where is the Arches National Park located?

  • 240 miles southeast of Salt Lake City
  • 50 miles north of Cedar City
  • 120 miles east of Davis County

How many sandstone arches are there in the park?

  • 700
  • 1400
  • 2000

In what geographically significant location does Arches National Park reside?

  • New Mexico Divide
  • Colorado Plateau
  • Utah Plains

What is the demographic significance of the region?

  • one of the most thinly populated areas
  • highest concentration of farming communities
  • population with the highest average age in the U.S.

When was the park established?

  • 1953
  • 1961
  • 1971

How big is Arches National Park?

  • 67,519 acres
  • 76,519 acres
  • 87,519 acres

When is the park open?

  • April to October
  • October to April
  • all year-round

What is the best-known arch?

  • Delicate Arch
  • South Window Arch
  • Double Arch

How tall is this arch?

  • 85 feet
  • 75 feet
  • 65 feet

Why was Park Avenue given that name?

  • The rich vegetation has created a natural park.
  • A series of rock formations resembles parked cars.
  • Slabs of sandstone look like skyscrapers.

In which classic movie did Double Arch feature?

  • High Noon
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Blazing Saddles

Which arch made an appearance in the comedy City Slickers?

  • North Window
  • Balanced Rock
  • Delicate Arch

Which arch appears to defy the laws of engineering?

  • Balanced Rock
  • Landscape Arch
  • Delicate Arch

How thick is it at its narrowest part?

  • 2 feet
  • 4 feet
  • 6 feet

How were the "fins" or rock walls formed?

  • The elements cracked the stone and widened the cracks leaving walls in between.
  • Earthquakes cracked the sandstone and erosion created walls
  • Sandstone is composed of vertical layers of some of which deteriorated leaving walls of the harder rock.

How were the arches formed?

  • Flash floods carrying debris crashed against the walls punching holes.
  • The weight of the rock structure cause the interior to weaken and drop off until a window appeared.
  • The interior of the wall was eroded by weather causing a window to open.

How do we know that people have inhabited the region for a long time?

  • Archaeological findings indicate large-scale settlement in the area.
  • Rock engravings show horseback riders.
  • There are signs of ancient agricultural developments.

What can be understood from these findings?

  • They date back to fourteenth century when horses were first seen in the area.
  • They were done after the Spanish introduced horses to the area.
  • They probably date back to the days of the wild west during the second half of the nineteenth century

When was the first attempt to settle the region?

  • 1854
  • 1874
  • 1894

Where do you find the nation's greatest concentration of national parks?

  • California
  • Utah
  • Colorado Plateau