The Ultimate Arches National Park Quiz

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About This Quiz

In a remote location some 240 miles southeast of Salt Lake City is what is undoubtedly the most magnificent collection of natural sculpture in the world. Arches National Park contains more than 2,000 sandstone arches. Take this quiz to learn more about this natural wonder.

Where is the Arches National Park located?

It is about 240 miles (386 kilometers) southeast of Salt Lake City.

How many sandstone arches are there in the park?

There are more than 2,000 arches in the park.

In what geographically significant location does Arches National Park reside?

Arches rests majestically atop the Colorado Plateau.

What is the demographic significance of the region?

It is one of the most thinly populated areas of the 48 contiguous states.

When was the park established?

It was established in 1971.

How big is Arches National Park?

It covers an area of 76,519 acres.

When is the park open?

It's open year-round except for December 25.

What is the best-known arch?

This would be the Delicate Arch.

How tall is this arch?

Delicate Arch is 65 feet (20 meters) high and 35 feet wide.

Why was Park Avenue given that name?

Vertical slabs of red Entrada sandstone tower over the surrounding desert like New York skyscrapers.

In which classic movie did Double Arch feature?

It appeared in Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Which arch made an appearance in the comedy City Slickers?

North Window appeared in the movie.

Which arch appears to defy the laws of engineering?

The 291 foot long Landscape Arch appears to defy the laws of engineering.

How thick is it at its narrowest part?

The Landscape Arch is 6 feet thick at the narrowest section.

How were the "fins" or rock walls formed?

Water and wind cracked the sandstone and then canyons and gullies were scoured out of the stone leaving walls in between.

How were the arches formed?

Wind and frost eroded the soft interior of these walls creating a window that developed into an arch.

How do we know that people have inhabited the region for a long time?

Petroglyphs carved into a cliff depict riders on horseback.

What can be understood from these findings?

The petroglyphs were done after the middle of the 16th century when Spanish explorers introduced horses to the Southwest.

When was the first attempt to settle the region?

A group from the Mormon Church tried to settle about 1854.

Where do you find the nation's greatest concentration of national parks?

The greatest concentration is on the Colorado Plateau.

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