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The Ultimate Petrified Forest National Park Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • Cretaceous period
  • Late Triassic period
  • Jurassic 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
  • nowhere

What uprooted the trees in Petrified Forest National Park many years ago?

  • floods and lava flows
  • hurricane winds
  • torrential rains

Over many years, water seeped through the wood and replaced decaying organic material with:

  • carbon
  • multicolored silica
  • cellulose

Are there kangaroos in Petrified Forest National Park?

  • yes
  • no
  • 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?

  • Inca
  • Pueblo
  • Maya

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:

  • Newspaper Rock
  • Newspaper Tablet
  • Pictorial Rock

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:

  • organic material
  • 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?

  • the mammoth
  • the giant beaver
  • the dinosaur