100 National Park Trivia

Last Updated on March 2, 2021 by Michele Tripple

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National Park Trivia

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100 National Park Trivia Questions

Check out these fun national park trivia questions!

Q. What was the first national park in America? 

A. Yellowstone National Park

Q. True or False: Blue Ridge Parkway, a testament to landscape architecture, currently doesn’t have enough money to employ a landscape architect.

A. True

Q. What is the smallest national park?

A. Hot Springs in Arkansas

Q. The Green River runs through how many units of the National Park System?

A. Four

Q. What was the first national park?

A. Yellowstone 

Q. Which is deeper, Kings Canyon in Kings Canyon National Park or the Grand Canyon in Grand Canyon National Park?

A. Kings Canyon

Q. Where is the Everglades National Park located?

A. Florida

Q. The first automobile permit for a national park was issued at?

A. Mount Rainier National Park

Q. What national park is home to the world’s largest tree by volume?

A. Sequoia National Park

Q. What national park reaches into three states?

A. Yellowstone

Q. Which national park contains a feature formed by the Colorado River?

A. The Grand Canyon

Q. Which president signed legislation to establish the first national park?

A. Ulysses S. Grant

Q. What causes the blue haze for which Great Smoky Mountains National Park is named?

A. Plants

Q. What national park had the most recreational visitors in 2015?

A. Great Smoky Mountains

Q. Which national park is sometimes called the “salamander capital of the world”?

A. Great Smokey Mountains National Park

Q. Which two national parks are just 10 miles apart from each other?

A. Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park

Q. Alaska has how many national parks?

A. 8

Q. Which of these National Park Service units is a prehistoric American Indian site?

A. Ocmulgee National Monument, Georgia

Q. Which national park has an average elevation of just six feet above sea level?

A. Everglades National Park

Q. If you visit a park site that tells the story of patriotic female laborers in the 1940s, you’re at…?

A. Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park, California

Q. Which president signed the National Park Service into being in 1916?

A. Woodrow Wilson

Q. What is the only U.S. national park that regularly flies the Union Jack flag of Great Britain?

A. San Juan Island National Historical Park, Washington

Q. True or False: No tropical rainforest exists in the US National Park System?

A. False

Q. What Western U.S. national park is a regular destination for large cruise ships?

A. Glacier Bay

Q. What state contains the most national parks?

A. California

Q. What national park includes the prison cell of a convicted conspirator – later pardoned – in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln?

A. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

Q. In 1932 the US and Canadian governments joined Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park with which the US park to form one giant “peace park”?

A. Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park are now known as Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

Q. Which national park has the deepest lake in the U.S.?

A. Crater Lake (Oregon)

Q. At the turn of the 20th century, which national park hosted spring training for some U.S. baseball teams?

A. Hot Springs (Arkansas)

Q. Carbon Glacier in this national park has the greatest thickness and volume of any glacier in the continental U.S.

A. Mount Rainier

Q. Bryce Canyon National Park is famous for which type of strange rock formations?

A. Hoodoos

Q. Which national park includes the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi River?

A. Everglades

Q. What is the most visited national park?

A. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Q. The most massive single mountain on Earth is located in which national park?

A. Hawaii Volcanoes

Q. Which national park was one of the locations for Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine in Star Wars?

A. Death Valley National Park

Q. Which national park is considered as the newest?

A. Indiana Dunes national Park, Indiana

Q. Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch hid out in the canyons of which national park?

A. Canyonlands (Utah)

Q. Which is the least visited of all 62 national parks?

A.  Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Q. Which was the first national park established for the purpose of protecting man-made structures?

A. Mesa Verde National Park

Q. Red rock arches can be found at which aptly named national park?

A. Arches National Park

Q. Carlsbad Caverns National park in New Mexico is home to what?

A. the nation’s deepest cave

Q. The ancient cliff dwellings are located inside which national park?

A. Mesa Verde National Park

Q. Which site is the world’s first national park cave?

A. Wind Cave National Park

Q. These spindly, prickly trees are the namesake of which national park?

A. Joshua Tree National Park

Q. An early 20th-century newspaper described which national park as offering “all the adversity of hell without the inconveniences”?

A. Death Valley (California and Nevada)

Q. Some may recognize this national park from its claim to fame as wallpaper on Mac computers. Can you name it?

A. Tunnel View Overlook in California’s Yosemite National Park

Q. Which of these national parks is the only park to bid to host the Olympic games?

A. Yosemite National Park

Q. Do you recognize the national park situated along the Pacific Crest Trail?

A. Crater Lake National Park

Q. Through how many states does the Appalachian National Scenic Trail pass?

A. 14

Q. The world’s most active volcano can be found in which national park?

A. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Q. Which national park site contains the most lighthouses?

A. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Q. The Great Pyramid of Giza was the tallest of the seven wonders of the ancient world. How many could you stack up inside the Grand Canyon?

A. 11

Q. Carbon Glacier in this national park has the greatest thickness and volume of any glacier in the continental U.S. Which park is it?

A. Mount Rainier (Washington)

Q. You can see bison herds in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. By 1884, about how many wild bison were left in the United States?

A. 325

Q. Forty million years of mammalian history is preserved in fossils at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in what state?

A. Oregon

Q. Death Valley National Park is hot and dry. The record temperature high temperature for this park is…?

A. 134 degrees F

Q. The national parks are home and habitat to more than how many endangered or threatened plants and animal species

A. 400

Q. What is the number of mature giant sequoia trees in Yosemite National Park’s Mariposa Grove?

A. 500

Q. There are 23 snake species that live in Everglades National Park. Of that number, how many are venomous?

A. 4 — eastern diamondback rattlesnake, dusky pygmy rattlesnake, cottonmouth, coral snake

Q. Which Cave was the first cave to be named a national park in the world?

A. Wind Cave in South Dakota

Q. Longmire, Washington, is the starting point for which hiking trail that takes visitors through Mount Rainier National Park?

A. Wonderland Trail

Q. Which national parks is the snowiest?

A. Mt. Rainier National Park

Q. The environments of the Chihuahuan Desert and the volcanic Chisos Mountains contribute to Big Bend National Park’s wide biological diversity. How many species of birds are there in this national park in Texas?

A. 450

Q. This man is considered “The Father of the National Parks.”

A. John Muir

Q. What lakebed in Grand Teton National Park was scoured 800 feet deep by glaciers during the last ice age?

A. Jackson Lake

Q. In which US national park would you find the Grand Prismatic Spring?

A. Yellowstone

Q. What stands as the lowest recorded temperature in Zion National Park?

A. -20 degrees F

Q. Which state is the only state in the country that does not have a national park or a national monument?

A. Delaware

Q. Which U.S. president was the most instrumental in the creation of national parks?

A. Theodore Roosevelt

Q. How many visitor centers total are in the National Park System?

A. 879

Q. How many miles of trails are there in the national park’s total?

A. 18,000 miles

Q. What national park is home to the deepest lake in the U.S.?

A. Crater Lake National Park

Q. Which department oversees the U.S. National Parks Service?

A. Department of the Interior

Q. Which National Park is the busiest?

A. Great SMokey Mountains National Park

Q. In what state is most of Yellowstone National Park?

A. CA

Q. Where is Voyageurs National Park?

A. Minnesota

Q. How many paid employees are there in the U.S. national park system?

A. 20,000

Q. Where is Petrified Forest National Park?

A. AZ

Q. How many volunteers work in the U.S. national park system?

A. 145,000

Q. What is the smallest national park?

A. Hot Springs National Park

Q. How many visitors hit up U.S. national parks each year?

A. More than 270,000,000

Q. How small is the smallest national park in the United States?

A. 0.02 square miles (0.05 square kilometers)

Q. What national park has banned nearly all vehicles from its roads during peak season?

A. Zion Canyon

Q. Who was the only U.S. President to work as a park ranger?

A. Gerald R. Ford

Q. Yellowstone National Park’s geothermal Morning Glory Pool has changed color over the years. What is responsible for the change?

A. Trash

Q. Where is Hot Springs National Park?

A. Arkansas

Q. Where is Great Smoky Mountains National Park ?

A. TN and NC

Q. Which of the following presidents more than doubled the acreage of the National Park System?

A. President Jimmy Carter

Q. Where is Glacier Bay National Park?

A. Alaska

Q. Psychics claim that there is a portal to a parallel universe near what national park?

A. Great Sand Dunes National Park

Q. Where is Big Bend National Park?

A. Texas

Q. What shape is the emblem of the National Park Service?

A. Arrowhead

Q. Where is Badlands National Park?

A. South Dakota

Q. Which of these iconic landmarks is NOT part of the National Park System?

A. Plymouth Rock

Q. Where is Acadia National Park?

A. Maine

Q. What was the first national park established east of the Mississippi River?

A. Acadia

Q. In what year did the National Park Service celebrate its 100th anniversary?

A. 2016

Q. Where is Biscayne National Park?

A. FL

Q. In what year did the arrowhead become the official emblem of the National Parks?

A. 1951

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