The Ultimate Great Sand Dunes National Park Quiz
The highest sand dunes in North America are found in the Great Sand Dunes National Park of Colorado. Take this quiz for a virtual tour of one of America's newest and most majestic national parks.
Which mountain range casts its shadow over the Great Sand Dunes National Park?
- Mount Guerro
- Sangre de Cristo mountains
- Rocky Mountains
Where is the park located?
- Southern Colorado
- North-West Arizona
- Eastern Oklahoma
When was the park established?
What is the area of the park?
- 64,670 acres
- 84,670 acres
- 94,670 acres
What is the terrain of the area?
- sand dunes and prairies
- high mountain plateau and sand dunes
- sand dunes, desert valley, alpine tundra, and forest
How large an area do the dunes cover?
- 30 square miles
- 40 square miles
- 70 square miles
According to archeological findings, when did man first inhabit this area?
- 7,000 years ago
- 8,000 years ago
- 9,000 years ago
Where do you find the biggest dunes?
- outer sand sheet
- inner dunefield
- the valley
How much sand do the dunes contain?
- three billion cubic meters of sand
- four billion cubic meters of sand
- five billion cubic meters of sand
How were the dunes created?
- Winds blow the sand into the valley.
- Rains wash the sand down from the mountains.
- Flash floods of the creeks deposit sand on the banks of the valley.
How high are the tallest peaks?
- 15,000 feet
- 14,000 feet
- 13,000 feet
What insects are unique to the dunes?
- giant sand treader camel cricket
- desert praying mantis
What trees thrive here?
- spruce, mountain mahogany, and box-elder
- maple, alder, and juniper
- pine, aspen, and cottonwood
What dune is the tallest one visible from the visitors' center?
- Mosca Dune
- High Dune
- Tijeras Dune
What is the elevation of this dune?
- 650 feet
- 750 feet
- 850 feet
What waterfall exists in the park?
- Sand Creek Falls
- Medrano Falls
- Zapata Falls
From which vantage point can you see the Tijeras and Cleveland peaks, Music Mountain, Wet Mountain Valley and upper Sand Creek Valley?
- San Juan Lookout
- Music Pass
- Mosca Pass
What are reversing dunes?
- They were formed by winds blowing in opposite directions
- They are formed when vegetated sand prevents parts of the dune from migrating.
- They were formed when rain coming from the opposite direction to the wind eroded the dunes.
How were the Barchan dunes formed?
- winds blowing in different directions followed by rain in a single direction
- winds blowing in all directions
- flat land, unidirectional wind and no vegetation
What is special about the Medano and Sand Creeks?
- complete clear tranquil waters
- rhythmic waves
- very wide variety of marine life