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Yosemite National Park

FUN National Parks Trivia Quizzes powered by ABEYosemite National Park is a national park spanning eastern portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties in east central California. The park covers the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain.

What do you know about the Yosemite National Park? Try this Quick National Parks Quiz.

1) Concerned by the effects of commercial interests, prominent citizens including Galen Clark and Senator John Conness advocated for protection of the area. A park bill passed both houses of the U.S. Congress, and was signed by the President creating the Yosemite Grant

  • June 30, 1864
  • June 30, 1874
  • June 30, 1884

2) Robert Underwood Johnson, editor of Century Magazine and naturalist John Muir lobbied Congress for the Act that created Yosemite National Park on October 1, 1890.

  • True or False?

3) On May 19, 1891, who took jurisdiction of the newly created national park and set up camp in Wawona?

  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. 4th Cavalry Regiment
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture

4) What is the size of Yosemite National Park?

  • 1,189 square miles
  • 2,289 square miles
  • 3,389 square miles

5) Yosemite Valley represents only one percent of the park area, but this is where most visitors arrive and stay. What is the prominent granite cliff that looms over the valley, is one of the most popular rock climbing destinations in the world because of its diverse range of climbing routes in addition to its year-round accessibility?

  • Angel Rocks
  • The Cliff
  • El Capitan

6) The park has three groves of ancient Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) trees. Which grove has 200 trees?

  • Mariposa Grove
  • Tuolumne Grove
  • Merced Grove

7) The black bears of Yosemite were once famous for breaking into parked cars to steal food.

  • True or False?

8) Over 800 How many miles of trails are available to hikers (from the easy stroll, to the grueling hikes up several park mountains, to multiple-day backpack trips)?

  • 400 miles
  • 800 miles
  • 1200 miles

9) Photographer Charles Leander Weed took the first photographs of the Valley's features. Later photographers included Ansel Adams. What year did Weed take the first photographs?

  • 1859
  • 1879
  • 1899

10) The Wawona Tree, also known as the Tunnel Tree, was a famous giant sequoia that stood in the Mariposa Grove. It was 227 feet tall, and was 90 feet in circumference. A tunnel was cut through the tree in 1881, which made it a popular tourist photo attraction. Everything from horse-drawn carriages in the late nineteenth century, to automobiles in the first part of the twentieth century, traveled the road which passed through that tree. The Wawona Tree fell in 1969 under a heavy load of snow. It was estimated to have been 2,300 years old.

  • True or False?

Yosemite National Park Answers

  1. June 30, 1864
  2. True
  3. U.S. 4th Cavalry Regiment
  4. 1,189 square miles
  5. El Capitan
  6. Mariposa Grove
  7. True
  8. 800 miles
  9. 1859
  10. True

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