One of the largest national parks east of the Rocky Mountains, Big Bend National Park is a huge expanse of dry mountains, canyons and desert wilderness sitting in a bend of the Rio Grande. Take this quiz to learn more about this untouched region of impressive beauty.
Where is the Big Bend National Park located?
How large is the park?
What is the Rio Grande?
When was the park established?
What kind of terrain do you find in Big Bend?
canyons, mountains, river and desert
open prairies valleys and a lake
grasslands, river and an extinct volcano
What wildlife can you expect to meet in the park?
antelope, prairie dogs and wild hogs
buffalo, coyotes and snakes
deer, mountain lions, javelinas, and numerous bird species
How high are the limestone walls of the Mariscal and Boquillas Canyons?
For which sport is this park one of the best locations in Texas?
What forms the southern border of the park?
Santa Elena Canyon
What are considered the highlights of Big Bend?
Mariscal and Boquillas Canyons
The Window and Casa Grande
Santa Elena canyon
What can you see if you look closely at Pulliam Bluff in Chisos Basin?
a giant buffalo
man riding a horse
profile of a reclining man's face
What is the legend behind this?
This is supposedly an Apache chief whose ghost roams the mountains.
This is the last of the buffalo herders.
This is one of the early explorers killed in a landslide at the end of the 18th century.
What treat awaits hikers along the trail in the Chisos Basin?
There is a panoramic view of the Rio Grande.
The Casa Grande lies along the trail.
You have The Window.
If you reach the South Rim what will you see?
an oasis of bigtooth maple, Douglas fir and Arizona pine
meeting place of deer and other animals
Which creature has made this particular area its only residence in the United States?
yellow Colima warbler
What kind of vegetation can be found along the Rio Grande?
variations of cacti and desert pine
thick subtropical vegetation
Juniper, Desert Willow and Cottonwood
What rare wildlife is it possible to see along the banks of the Rio Grande??
black bear, collared peccary
kangaroo rats, burros
ocelot, jaguarundi and jaguar
When did people first arrive in Big Bend?
10,000 years ago
4,000 years ago
800 years ago
According to legend what did the Spanish settlers find when they reached the area in the sixteenth century?