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The Ultimate Joshua Tree National Park Quiz
by Staff
Joshua Tree National Park is located in one of the harshest environments in the United States. Some of the park's noteworthy features include the tree for which it is named, ridges that provide breathtaking vistas, and several desert oases. Take this quiz to learn more about California's Joshua Tree National Park.

How did writer J. Smeaton Chase describe the Joshua tree?

  • “One can scarcely find a term of ugliness to that is not apt to describe this plant.”
  • “There is no existing term of ugliness that is apt to describe this plant.”
  • “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, however no beholder can find beauty in this plant.”

In what state is the Joshua Tree National Park located?

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Nevada

How many campgrounds are available to campers in the park?

  • six
  • nine
  • twelve

Although the plant is referred to as a Joshua tree, what kind of tree is it in reality?

  • piñon pine
  • California juniper
  • yucca

To what family of flower does the Joshua tree or yucca belong?

  • lily
  • orchid
  • pisonia

What is the average amount of annual rainfall received in the area of Joshua Tree National Park?

  • about eight inches
  • about six inches
  • about four inches

What is a typical high temperature on a summer’s day in the park?

  • 120
  • 110
  • 105

What vegetable is the blossoming flower of the Joshua tree said to resemble?

  • cauliflower
  • broccoli
  • artichoke

How many distinct ecological zones exist within the borders of Joshua Tree National Park?

  • one
  • three
  • four

Where in the park is the Joshua tree forest found?

  • the Mojave Desert
  • the Eureka Peak
  • the Colorado Desert

What is the range of elevation of the Mojave Desert?

  • between 1,500 and 4,000 feet
  • between 2,000 and 5,000 feet
  • between 2,500 and 5,800 feet

In what mountains is the Mojave Desert located?

  • Little San Bernardino Mountains
  • San Gabriel Mountains
  • both of the above

What is the lowest elevation in the Colorado Desert where part of the Joshua tree National park sits?

  • 275 feet below sea level
  • 120 feet below sea level
  • 50 feet below sea level

What is the typical vegetation that grows in the Colorado Desert part of the park?

  • Joshua trees
  • creosote bush
  • fan palms

How many oases can you find that are located in the park?

  • three
  • five
  • seven

How big is the Joshua Tree National Park?

  • 790,000 acres
  • 550,000 acres
  • 390,000 acres

If you wanted to hike the path to Lost Palms Oasis, how far would you have to walk?

  • two miles
  • four miles
  • seven miles

What often-snowy mountain peaks can you see from the hiking trail that ends at Eureka Peak?

  • the San Jacinto and San Gorgonio
  • the San Bernardino and San Gorgonio
  • the San Jacinto and San Antonio

In what year did Mormon pioneers pass through the Mojave Desert and give the name Joshua to the trees from which the park derives its name?

  • 1828
  • 1837
  • 1851

What is the name of the desert city that is closest to Joshua Tree National Park?

  • Twentynine Palms
  • Yucca Valley
  • Palm Springs