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The Ultimate Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks Quiz
by Staff
You'll be blown away by Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks. Not literally -- the winds aren't that strong-- but these combined parks have magnificent mountains, spectacular sequoia trees and cool canyons, all in one vast area. There are recreational activities galore, so make sure to visit this area during your next family vacation. Take this quiz to learn more about Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks.

Who was the superintendent of the parks in the 1920s?

  • Lt. Rex A. Smith
  • Col. John R. White
  • Thomas Quentin Jones

In what state are the Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks?

  • California
  • Missouri
  • Florida

Which of these visitor centers are in the Kings Canyon park?

  • Giant Forest Museum
  • Lodgepole Visitor Center
  • Grant Grove Visitor Center

When are the Potwisha Campgrounds open?

  • on weekends
  • year-round
  • year-round except for December 25

Mount Whitney is the highest mountain in:

  • the lower 48 states
  • the United States
  • North America

What is special about the sequoia?

  • They are the planet's fastest-growing living things.
  • They are the planet's oldest living things.
  • They are the planet's largest living things.

Which canyon is deeper from rim to canyon bed, Kings Canyon or the Grand Canyon?

  • they're exactly the same
  • the Grand Canyon
  • Kings Canyon

Aside from sequoias, what else grows in the forests at Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks?

  • redwood and fir
  • pine and ponderosa
  • gum and Alpine ash

Which national park was established in 1890?

  • both
  • Kings Canyon
  • Sequoia

The giant sequoia that was cut down for exhibition in 1875 is called:

  • Sequoia Stump
  • Centennial Stump
  • Old Man Sequoia

The section of the Sierra Nevada mountain range within Sequoia-Kings Canyon has an upheaval of rocky ridges. What are they made of?

  • quartz
  • granite
  • marble

Which high-mountain walking trail took 23 years to construct?

  • John Muir Trail
  • Sherman Trail
  • Crystal Cave Trail

How high is the lowest branch of General Sherman?

  • higher than a nine-story building
  • higher than a 10-story building
  • higher than a 12-story building

Experts believe that some of the giant sequoias were alive as far back as the time of:

  • Jesus
  • the Bronze Age
  • William the Conqueror

What is the weakest part of the sequoia?

  • the branches
  • the bark
  • the roots

Where does the name "sequoia" come from?

  • from Sequoyah, the mythical, first native-American man
  • from Sequoyah, the ancient botanist
  • from Sequoyah, the inventor of the Cherokee alphabet

Whereas sequoias used to be considered a subspecies of redwoods, today they are:

  • recognized as a separate species
  • known to be the ancestor of redwoods
  • considered to be the botanical cousin of redwoods

When did logging begin in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks?

  • in the 1820s
  • in the 1860s
  • in the 1880s

What is the origin of the name "Kings Canyon"?

  • It's named after Sir Lionel Kings, the famous British explorer.
  • It's named after the British kings who sponsored the park's foundation.
  • It's named after the nearby Rio de los Santos Reyes, "river of the holy kings."

The eastern side of the mountains over Owens Valley was formed by:

  • earthquakes
  • volcanic eruptions
  • heavy flooding