The Petrified Forest National Park has a lot to offer: history, geology, archeology, nature and fun for the whole family. Its petrified wood artifacts are striking evidence of the geological processes that have evolved over millions of years. Take this quiz to learn more about this fascinating national monument.
The fossils in Petrified Forest National Park date from what period?
Late Triassic period
The Petrified Forest National Park is about 3.5 hours away from which Arizonian cities?
Phoenix and Albuquerque
Flagstaff and Chandler
Mesa and Tucson
When is the Painted Desert Visitor Center closed to visitors?
from 25 December till 1 January
on 1 January
on 25 December
Where are the camping grounds located in Petrified Forest National Park?
on the east side
on the north side
What uprooted the trees in Petrified Forest National Park many years ago?
floods and lava flows
Over many years, water seeped through the wood and replaced decaying organic material with:
Are there kangaroos in Petrified Forest National Park?
occasional, unconfirmed sightings
How long are the maintained walking trails in Petrified Forest National Park?
from 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) to almost 3 miles (4.8 kilometers)
from 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) to almost 5 miles (8 kilometers)
from 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) to almost 8 miles (12.8 kilometers)
What gives Petrified Forest National Park its name?
its scary, petrifying forests
its huge concentration of petrified wood
its namesake explorer in the 1800s, Henry Scott Petrified
What is the name of the desert in Petrified Forest National Park?
the Painted Desert
the Red Desert
the Wood Desert
The park contains ruins of an ancient society. Which one?
Who or what is "Old Faithful"?
the nickname given to every head forest ranger at Petrified Forest National Park
the setting sun on Petrified Forest National Park
the largest petrified wood in Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest National Park has a spectacular rock engraving or petroglyph called:
What do Giant Logs and Long Logs have in common?
They are both huge concentrations of petrified wood.
They are both walking trails in Petrified Forest National Park.
They are both names of forests within Petrified Forest National Park.
If you look closely at some of the petrified wooden logs, you can see:
silt and volcanic dust
their annual rings
According to the Navajo people, what are the petrified logs?
bones of a mythological giant
arrow shafts of a thunder god
cannonball missiles of the yeti
When were the petrified logs first discovered by American explorers?
in the early 18th century
in the late 18th century
in the mid-19th century
What prompted citizens to seek federal protection for the area in the early 1900s?
Souvenir hunters and commercial developers were carting off important specimens unchecked.
The forests were being cut down for furniture.
Carbon dioxide levels were decreasing at an alarming rate.
What happened to the Petrified Forest National Park in 1906?
It was ravaged by wildfire.
It was declared a national monument.
It was overwhelmed by flash floods.
What animal do scientists believe roamed the area millions of years ago?