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The Ultimate Big Bend National Park Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • Arizona
  • Texas
  • New Mexico

How large is the park?

  • 409,203 acres
  • 601,030 acres
  • 802,541 acres

What is the Rio Grande?

  • river
  • mountain range
  • lake

When was the park established?

  • 1962
  • 1958
  • 1944

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?

  • 1,000 feet
  • 1,200 feet
  • 2,100 feet

For which sport is this park one of the best locations in Texas?

  • sandboarding
  • cliff-diving
  • water-skiing

What forms the southern border of the park?

  • Chisos Mountains
  • Boquillas Canyon
  • 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
  • Mariscal canyon
  • meeting place of deer and other animals

Which creature has made this particular area its only residence in the United States?

  • jaguarundi
  • sandgrouse
  • 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?

  • diamonds in the river bed
  • traces of a rich deposit of gold
  • a rich lode of silver

Who drove the Spanish settlers from the area?

  • Apache tribes
  • Comanche warriors
  • Mexican soldiers