The Ultimate Petrified Forest National Park Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

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?

The 225-million-year-old fossils date from the Late Triassic period.

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The Petrified Forest National Park is about 3.5 hours away from which Arizonian cities?

The Petrified Forest National Park is about 3.5 hours away from Phoenix and Albuquerque.

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When is the Painted Desert Visitor Center closed to visitors?

It is closed on only one day a year: on 25 December.

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Where are the camping grounds located in Petrified Forest National Park?

There are no camping or lodging accommodations at all at Petrified Forest National Park.

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

Floods and lava flows were largely responsible for uprooting the trees in the park.

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

The decaying organic material was replaced with multicolored silica.

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Are there kangaroos in Petrified Forest National Park?

No, there aren't any kangaroos, but there are kangaroo rats in the park.

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How long are the maintained walking trails in Petrified Forest National Park?

The maintained walking trails are between 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) and 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) long.

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What gives Petrified Forest National Park its name?

It boasts a huge concentration of petrified wood, one of the largest collections in the world.

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What is the name of the desert in Petrified Forest National Park?

It's called the Painted Desert.

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The park contains ruins of an ancient society. Which one?

It has old pueblo ruins dating back about 1,000 years.

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Who or what is "Old Faithful"?

Old Faithful is the name given to the largest specimen of petrified wood in Petrified Forest National Park, measuring 9.5 feet (2.89 meters) in diameter.

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Petrified Forest National Park has a spectacular rock engraving or petroglyph called:

The petroglyph is known as Newspaper Rock.

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What do Giant Logs and Long Logs have in common?

Giant Logs and Long Logs are walking trails in Petrified Forest National Park.

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If you look closely at some of the petrified wooden logs, you can see:

You can still see some of the wooden logs' annual rings, although most of them have faded over time.

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According to the Navajo people, what are the petrified logs?

The Navajo people believe the petrified wood to be bones of a mythological giant, Shinuav.

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When were the petrified logs first discovered by American explorers?

They were first discovered in the mid-19th century.

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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 and citizens wanted to preserve this heritage site.

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What happened to the Petrified Forest National Park in 1906?

It was declared a national monument after citizens raised concerns for its future.

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What animal do scientists believe roamed the area millions of years ago?

They believe that dinosaurs once roamed freely in this area.

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