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Identify the national park based on its numeric location on a map of the USA. In order to see the map better, right click on the image and then open in a new tab.
Death ValleyGrand CanyonYellowstoneGreat Smoky MountainsEvergladesAcadiaBig BendArchesGates of the ArcticIsle Royale* Drag / drop or click on the choices above to move them to the answer list.
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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Great Smoky Mountains
Great Smoky Mountains National Park was the most visited national park in the United States with more than 14 million visitors in 2021. Two major entry points into the park are from Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Cherokee, North Carolina. There are 850 miles (1,370 km) of hiking trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park including 70 miles (110 km) of the famous Appalachian Trail.
Everglades National Park is located in the southern portion of the state of Florida. Nicknamed the 'River of Grass', the Everglades is the largest tropical wilderness in the USA. Airboat rides through the park's waterways are a popular activity with alligators and birds being common sights.
Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872 making it the first national park in the USA. Of the park's area, 96% is located in the state of Wyoming, 3% in Montana and 1% in Idaho. There are more than 10,000 thermal bodies in Yellowstone including numerous geysers, hot springs and mud pools.
4. Gates of the Arctic
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is located in Alaska and it is the northernmost national park in the United States. It was established as a national park in 1980 and in 2016 it was the least visited national park in the country with just over 10,000 visitors.
5. Big Bend
Big Bend National Park is located in western Texas within the Chihuahuan Desert. In spite of the arid landscape, the park is home to over 1,200 species of plants, 450 species of birds and over 100 species of mammals and reptiles. Big Bend National Park was established in 1935 and it contains the Chisos Mountains, the only mountain range in the United States to be fully contained within a national park.
6. Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon National Park is located in the northern portion of the state of Arizona and in 2017 it was the second most visited national park in the USA with more than six million visitors. Grand Canyon is known for its awe inspiring depth and size and colorful rocks that date back over 500 million years.
The park is typically accessed via the towns of Fredonia (North Rim) or Tusayan (South Rim).
7. Death Valley
Death Valley was designated as a national monument in 1933 and it wasn't until 1994 that it officially became a national park. Death Valley National Park covers an area of over 3 million acres making it the largest national park in the contiguous United States.
It is primarily located in California but also has a small portion in Nevada. It is known for its extreme heat with a temperature of 134 °F (56.7 °C) being reported in 1913, one of the highest recorded worldwide in the 20th century.
Arches National Park is located near the city of Moab, Utah and it contains the world's highest concentration of natural sandstone arches with more than 2,000 in its borders. It was designated as a national park in 1971 and one of its most popular sites is Delicate Arch which is so picturesque that it appeared on license plates for the state of Utah for decades.
9. Isle Royale
Isle Royale National Park consists of the main island, Isle Royale, and over 400 smaller islands that are all located within Lake Superior. Although the closest city to the park is Thunder Bay in Ontario, Canada, Isle Royale National Park is a part of Michigan.
It was established as a national park in 1940 and much of its area is a boreal forest home to animals like moose and timber wolves.
Acadia National Park is located in the state of Maine and its area includes over a dozen islands including Mount Desert Island. The closest city to it is Bar Harbor and the protected area was previously known as Sieur de Monts and Lafayette National Park before it obtained the name Acadia National Park in 1929. The park is known for its granite domes and rocks created from glaciers.