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The Ultimate Great Sand Dunes National Park Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • 1994
  • 1996
  • 2000

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
  • windscorpions

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