The Ultimate Rocky Mountain National Park Quiz

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The Ultimate Rocky Mountain National Park Quiz
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About This Quiz

Rocky Mountain National Park is an exciting, dynamic, natural attraction boasting high mountains and parkland and some of the most beautiful vistas in the U.S. There are lots of recreational activities for the whole family, as well as riding on the highest continuous road in North America. Take this quiz to learn more about visiting Rocky Mountain National Park.
How many visitors come to Rocky Mountain National Park every year?
two million
three million
About three million visitors come there every year.
four million

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Where is Rocky Mountain National Park in relation to Denver, Colorado?
northwest
The park is located about a two-hour drive northwest of Denver.
southeast
northeast

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When is Fall River Visitor Center open?
only during the summer months
every day except December 25
year-round on weekends
Fall River Visitor Center is open year-round on weekends.

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What makes Trail Ridge Road unique?
It is the longest continuous road in North America.
It is the highest continuous road in North America.
Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous road in North America.
It is the highest continuous road in the northern hemisphere.

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The highest 20 peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park reach over:
8,000 feet (2,438 meters)
10,000 feet (3,048 meters)
13,000 feet (3,962 meters)
They reach over 13,000 feet (3,962 meters) high.

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What is the nickname of the mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park?
the Rockies
They're known as the Rockies.
the Rocky Alps
the Rocks

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Which wild member of the cat family lives in Rocky Mountain National Park?
the jaguar
the lion
the cougar
The cougar lives in the park, as do bears, elks, beavers, and other animals.

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When was Rocky Mountain National Park established?
in 1895
in 1905
in 1915
Rocky Mountain National Park was established as an official national park in 1915.

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Which of these North American lakes are in Rocky Mountain National Park?
Thunder Lake and Snowbank Lake
Bluebird Lake and Lake of Many Winds
both of the above
The park has many lakes, including all of those mentioned here.

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What is an ideal activity in Wild Basin?
fishing
hiking
The thing to do in Wild Basin is hiking; it's extremely popular there.
snowshoeing

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Where do the trails of Hallett Peak, the Little Matterhorn and Lake Odessa begin?
at Bear Lake
All their trails begin at Bear Lake.
in Glacier Gorge
Moraine Park

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What happens often in the afternoons on Longs Peak?
Migrating birds fly high overhead.
There are brief bursts of heavy rain, thunder and lightning.
Often in the afternoons there are brief bursts of heavy showers, accompanied by thunder and lightning.
There are gale winds that pick up and only die down later.

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How was Dream Lake formed?
It was made from a meteor crater.
It was created millions of years ago by glacial melt.
Ninety tree stumps were blasted out and the lake bed was cleared by tractor.
Dream Lake was manmade when 90 tree stumps were blasted out and the area was cleared by tractor.

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Why are Sheep Lakes called by that name?
because of the merino sheep that are commonly seen there
because of the Angora sheep that are commonly seen there
because of the bighorn sheep that are commonly seen there
At the Sheep Lakes area, there are lots of bighorn sheep and it is this that gives them the name.

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When climbing up the Keyhole Route of Longs Peak, what is the last stretch called before you reach the flat-topped summit?
Summit Corridor
Homestretch
The last part before you reach the summit is called Homestretch, and for good reason -- it's the end of an eight-mile (12-kilometer) steep uphill climb.
Land's End

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Where does the rainwater on both sides of the Continental Divide flow to?
All the water from both sides flows to the Pacific Ocean.
Water on the east side flows to the Atlantic Ocean; on the west side, to the Pacific Ocean.
Water on the east side flows to the Atlantic Ocean; on the west side, to the Pacific Ocean.
Water on the west side flows to the Atlantic Ocean; on the east side, to the Pacific Ocean.

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What grows just below the timberline in Rocky Mountain National Park?
subalpine firs and Engelmann spruce
Below the timberline grow subalpine firs and Engelmann spruce.
Sitka spruce and Alerce
Huon-pine and yew

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With regard to elevation, Rocky Mountain National Park has the:
highest elevation of any other national park, including those in Alaska
Rocky Mountain National Park is the highest national park, including those in Alaska.
highest elevation of any other continental national park, excluding those in Alaska
highest elevation of any other national park on the left side of the Continental Divide

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Why do plants struggle to survive in the high regions of Rocky Mountain National Park?
because they are unsuited to the climate and altitude
because there is little moisture there
because they have a brief growing season and constant winds
Plant life at Rocky Mountain National Park has a brief growing season and constant winds to contend with.

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Is there an entrance fee to Rocky Mountain National Park?
Yes, it's $10 per individual for one week.
Yes, there is an entrance fee: $10 per individual for seven days.
No, entrance is free.
Yes, it's $20 per individual for seven days.

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You Got:
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