ANSWERS TO

THE YELLOWSTONE TRIVIA TEST

PART 1


"MATCHING"


1) What is the highest erupting geyser in Yellowstone and the world?
a) Old Faithful Geyser
b) Steamboat Geyser
c) Grand Geyser
d) Giant Geyser

According to T. Scott Bryan's 1995 edition of "The Geysers of Yellowstone," STEAMBOAT GEYSER is the highest erupting geyser in the world. It has had eruptions as high as 400 feet.

Giant Geyser has erupted in the past to 250 feet. Followed by Grand Geyser at 200 feet, and Old Faithful Geyser at 180 feet.


2) The largest backcountry lake in Yellowstone is...
a) Heart Lake
b) Yellowstone Lake
c) Lewis Lake
d) Shoshone Lake

According to Steve Pierce's, "The Lakes of Yellowstone," SHOSHONE LAKE is the largest backcountry lake in the lower 48 states at 8,050 acres.

Although Yellowstone Lake is the largest lake in the park; it is not considered a backcountry lake because of the presence of the Grand Loop Road along its western and northern shores.


3) The fastest mammal in Yellowstone is the...
a) Pronghorn
b) Bison
c) Grizzly Bear
d) Mountain Lion

Clocked at over 60 miles an hour; the PRONGHORN is the fastest land animal in North America.

Bison and Mountain Lions have reached speeds of 40 M.P.H. and Grizzlies 35.


4) Yellowstone was established as a national park in...
a) 1870
b) 1872
c) 1874
d) 1876

Yellowstone National Park was created and signed into law by president Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872.


5) The stone arch located at the north entrance to Yellowstone is named for which president?
a) Franklin D. Roosevelt
b) Ulysses S. Grant
c) Theodore Roosevelt
d) Warren G. Harding
6) Two of the three rivers that form the Missouri River flow from Yellowstone National Park. They are the...
a) The Madison and Gallatin Rivers
b) The Madison and Yellowstone Rivers
c) The Snake and Madison Rivers
d) The Snake and Yellowstone Rivers

The Missouri River is formed where the MADISON, GALLATIN, and Jefferson Rivers meet at Three Forks, Montana.


7) Which one of the following creeks is NOT in Yellowstone?
a) Antelope Creek
b) Badger Creek
c) Bobcat Creek
d) Lynx Creek

There is no officially named BOBCAT creek in Yellowstone.

Antelope Creek is located on the north side of Mt. Washburn.

Badger Creek is east of Heart Lake.

Lynx Creek flows east off of the Two Ocean Plateau and into the Yellowstone River.


8) The isolated southwest corner of Yellowstone National Park is most famous for its dozens of...
a) Geysers
b) Archeological Sites
c) Canyons
d) Waterfalls

Known as "Cascade Corner," the southwest corner of the park has over 50 official WATERFALLS and cascades. [Park Historian Lee Whittlesey, park Tour Guide Mike Stevens and myself documented dozens more in our book "The Guide to Yellowstone Waterfalls and Their Discovery" bringing the actual number to well over 100] These remote hidden treasures flow primarily off of the Pitchstone and Madison Plateaus.


9) Which one of the following lakes is NOT in Yellowstone?
a) Huckleberry Lake
b) Forest Lake
c) Mirror Lake
d) Frost lake

There is no officially named lake with name HUCKLEBERRY LAKE in Yellowstone.

Forest Lake is located southwest of Mt. Sheridan.

Mirror Lake is about 20 east of Canyon Village, high on the Mirror Plateau.

Frost Lake can be found almost on the park's east boundary near the confluence of the Lamar and Little Lamar Rivers.


10) Which one of the following rivers' waters eventually flow into the Pacific Ocean?
a) The Gibbon River
b) The Lewis River
c) The Firehole River
d) The Gardner River

Flowing directly into the Snake River and then into the Columbia River; the LEWIS RIVER'S waters ultimately reach the Pacific Ocean at Astoria, Oregon.

The Gibbon and Firehole Rivers merge to form the Madison River, which in turn becomes the Missouri. It eventually reaches the Gulf of Mexico near New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Gardner River empties into the Yellowstone River at Gardiner, Montana which then continues on until it flows into the Missouri near Williston, North Dakota.


11) Which one of these birds of prey is NOT commonly found in Yellowstone?
a) Bald Eagle
b) Turkey Vulture
c) Common Raven
d) Red-Tailed Hawk

According to Terry McEneaney's, "Birds of Yellowstone," both the TURKEY VULTURE and Black Vulture are exceptionally rare in Yellowstone. Any sighting of either of these birds is most unusual and should be reported to a ranger station or visitor center.

Bald Eagles, Common Ravens, and Red-Tailed Hawks are seen almost daily in the park and are considered abundant in the ecosystem.


12) The average water temperature of Yellowstone Lake is...
a) 31 degrees
b) 41 degrees
c) 51 degrees
d) 61 degrees

According to Lee Whittlesey's "Wonderland Nomanclature," the average year-round temperature of Yellowstone Lake's waters is 41 degrees.


13) Which one of the following species does NOT have an officially protected area inside the park?
a) Grizzly Bears
b) Bighorn Sheep
c) White Pelicans
d) Pronghorn Antelope

The PRONGHORN ANTELOPE has no officially protected area within the boundaries of Yellowstone.

Grizzly Bears have numerous "Bear Management Areas" throughout Yellowstone where hiking and camping are restricted or prohibited.

Bighorn Sheep are protected on the east side of the Gardner River between Mammoth and Gardiner, near Eagle Nest Rock. Located about 2 miles inside of the north gate, the area is off limits to human travel as designated by the signs that read "Closed Sheep Management Area."

The American White Pelican is protected at their primary breeding grounds on the Molly Islands. (Located at the bottom of the South Arm of Yellowstone Lake.) One of the most important Pelican nesting areas in North America; it is open on rare occasions to official reasearch studies only.


14) The "Petrified Tree" near Tower Junction was once a...
a) Lodgepole Pine
b) Douglas Fir
c) Redwood
d) Bristlecone Pine

According to William J. Fritz's "Roadside Geology of Yellowstone," the petrified tree is "anatomically indistinguishable from modern REDWOODS growing today along the California coast."


15) Which one of the following is NOT located along the Grand Loop Road?
a) The Hoodoo Basin
b) Beryl Spring
c) Fountain Flats
d) Le Hardy Rapids

THE HOODOO BASIN, not to be confused with "The Hoodoos," is an area of incredibly odd shaped rocks, and is located near the park's east boundary on the high slopes of Hoodoo Peak.

Beryl Spring is approximately 2 miles south of Gibbon Meadows between Madison and Norris Junctions.

Fountain Flats is the large open meadow immediately to the north of the Fountain Paint Pots at Lower Geyser Basin.

Le Hardy Rapids are a turbulant stretch of the Yellowstone River just a few miles north of Fishing Bridge. They can be seen from the road on the drive from Fishing Bridge to Canyon.


16) The most common tree found in Yellowstone is the...
a) Quaking Aspen
b) Rocky Mountain Juniper
c) Sub Alpine Fir
d) Lodgepole Pine

About 80% of Yellowstone is covered by LODGEPOLE PINE which can grow in the harsh volcanic soils of the high plateau.

The other three tree types are all found in park, but not in anywhere near the numbers of the Lodgepole.


17) Which one of the following is NOT at Norris Geyser basin?
a) Echinus Geyser
b) Morning Geyser
c) Ledge Geyser
d) Whirligig Geyser

MORNING GEYSER is found at Lower Geyser Basin along the Fountain Paint Pots boardwalk just behind Fountain Geyser.


18) Which one of these creeks does NOT flow through the Hayden Valley?
a) Elk Tongue Creek
b) Alum Creek
c) Trout Creek
d) Elk Antler Creek

ELK TONGUE CREEK is located in the northeastern part of the park just to the west of Cutoff Mountain. It flows west into Slough Creek near the north boundary.

Alum, Trout, and Elk Antler creeks all flow east out of the western Hayden Valley. They each cross the Grand Loop road between Lake Junction and Canyon Village and empty into the Yellowstone River.


19) Which one of these man-made Yellowstone landmarks is the oldest?
a) Old Faithful Inn
b) Lake Hotel
c) Roosevelt Arch
d) Roosevelt Lodge

Completed in 1897, the LAKE HOTEL is older than the Roosevelt Arch (1903), the Old Faithful Inn (1903-04), and the Roosevelt Lodge (1920).


20) Its elevation is 7,753 feet; its deepest point is 339 feet deep; it is...
a) Yellowstone Lake
b) Lewis Canyon
c) Sheepeater Canyon
d) Shoshone Lake
21) The total number of firefighters that battled the fires of '88 was...
a) 5,000
b) 10,000
c) 25,000
d) 100,000

According to the "Yellowstone-Grand Teton Road Guide," about 25,000 firefighters worked in Yellowstone.


22) Which of these algae's lives in the hottest water?
a) Bright Yellow
b) Brilliant Orange
c) Dark Brown
d) Pure Green

The temperature of the water can be determined by the color of the algae living in it:
Bright Yellow-160F
Brilliant Orange-145F
Dark Brown-130F
Pure Green-120F

If you see stringy pale yellow or pink strands, stay away. That water is over 180F!!


23) The last time it happened in Yellowstone was August 17, 1959.
a) A major hotel burned to the ground.
b) An eruption of Excelsior Geyser.
c) A major earthquake struck the area.
d) A volcanic eruption inside the park.

On August 17, 1959 the legendary 7.5 magnitude Hebgen Lake earthquake struck the area causing widespread damage and numerous deaths. Although its epicenter was not in Yellowstone, landslides closed most of the park's roads for days.

The last major hotel to burn was the Canyon Hotel in the summer of 1960.

The last recorded major eruption of Excelsior Geyser was in 1888.

The last volcanic eruption in the park was roughly 70,000 years ago on the Pitchstone Plateau.


24) It is the most abundant fish in Yellowstone waters.
a) Rainbow trout
b) Cutthroat Trout
c) Arctic Grayling
d) Chinook Salmon

According to Robert E. Charlton's "Yellowstone Fishing Guide," Cutthroat Trout make up the majority of fish in Yellowstone's waters.


25) Which one of the following locations is NOT in Yellowstone?
a) Bechler Meadows
b) Bechler Plateau
c) Bechler Falls
d) Bechler Canyon

There is no BECHLER PLATEAU in Yellowstone.

Bechler Meadows, Bechler Canyon, and Bechler Falls are all located in the southwestern corner of Yellowstone along the Bechler River.


26) Which one of the following locations is NOT in Yellowstone?
a) Sulphur Hills
b) Sulphur Mountain
c) Sulphur Creek
d) Sulphur Canyon

There is no SULPHUR CANYON in the park.

There are actually two Sulphur Hills in Yellowstone. One group of hills is north of the Pelican Valley and the other is in the vicinity of Shoshone Geyser Basin.

Sulphur Creek flows east out of the Washburn Range and into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone near Seven Mile Hole.

Sulphur Mountain is located in the Crater Hills area of the Hayden Valley in Central Yellowstone.


27) Which one of the following locations is NOT in Yellowstone?
a) Electric Peak
b) Lightning Hill
c) Hailstorm Pass
d) The Thunderer

There is no HAILSTORM PASS in the park. (Although there is a Storm Pass.)

Electric Peak is the prominent peak of the Gallatin Range visible to the west from most of Mammoth and Gardiner.

Lightning Hill is located near the junction of the east and south forks of Specimen Creek.

The Thunderer is on the east side of the Pebble Creek Campground on the road to Cooke City, Montana in the northeast corner of Yellowstone.


28) The strip of land between the South and Southeast Arms of Yellowstone Lake is known as...
a) The Trident
b) The Promontory
c) Flat Mountain Arm
d) The Thunderer

It was originally named "Promontory Point" in 1871. Today this major peninsula of Yellowstone Lake is known simply as "THE PROMONTORY."

The Trident is the three pronged mountain in the extreme southeast corner of the park.

Flat Mountain Arm is the arm of the lake immediately west of the South Arm.

The Thunderer as mentioned previously is along the Tower Jct.-Cooke City road just east of the Pebble Creek Campground.


29) Which one of the following is NOT a Yellowstone campground?
a) Indian Creek
b) Norris
c) Roosevelt
d) Bridge Bay

Although it offers horseback riding and stagecoach cookouts, as well a rustic lodge, Roosevelt has no official park campground.

30) Which one of these geysers is not predictable?
a) Grand Geyser
b) Daisy Geyser
c) Union Geyser
d) Castle Geyser

As of May 2008, Union Geyser, in the Shoshone Geyser Basin, is the only one of the four that is not predicted for the visitors by the park service.

Predictions for Grand, Castle & Daisy Geysers can be found at the Old Faithful visitor center.


PART 2

"UNUSUAL YELLOWSTONE PLACENAMES: FILL IN THE BLANK"


01) BARTLETT Slough
A slow moving river that flows into Boundary Creek south of Dunanda Falls.

02) Glen AFRICA Basin
A thermal area located in the west end of Hayden Valley.

03) BEAR'S Playground
A small pond located just west of the Firehole River below Kepler Cascades.

04) MAE West Curve
A hairpin turn on the Grand Loop Road north of Mt. Washburn near the Antelope Creek overlook.

05) McMinn BENCH
The northern extension of Mt. Everts between Mammoth & Gardiner.

06) Bottler's LOOKOUT
A point on the south slopes of Bunsen Peak where Osprey Falls can be seen in the distance.

07) Cable Car RUN
A fishing hole on the Madison River near the parks West Entrance.

08) BATCHELDER Column
A 50-foot high column of volcanic rock, two miles southwest of Three River Junction on the south side of the Bechler River.

09) BLACK Hermit Caldron
A hot spring of the Back Basin of Norris Geyser Basin.

10) One Hundred Spring PLAIN
A sandy flat expanse of dry open area on the northwest side of Norris Geyser Basin. It is teeming with small hot springs and fumaroles.

11) DOCTOR Allen's Paintpots
A group of mudpots in the Back Basin of Norris Geyser Basin.

12) BEACH Springs Lagoon
On the East Gate Road: The large lagoon east of Beach Springs, across the highway from Mary Bay.

13) Bacon RIND Creek
Flows east into the Gallatin River from parks west boundary.

14) PHILETUS Walter Norris
The Park's second superintendent 1877-1882.

15) EAGLE Nest Rock
A pinnacle of McMinn Bench. (See #05 Above).

16) Narrow GAUGE Terrace
A long narrow travertine hot spring terrace of the Mammoth Hot Springs.

17) RUDDY Duck Pond
A small glacial pond near the main road, just south of Junction Butte in the Tower Junction area.

18) Fairies' FALL
A 30 ft. waterfall of Amethyst Creek about one half mile above its junction with the Lamar River.

19) Lewis CANYON Falls
Two separate waterfalls (80 and 50 ft.) of Lewis River in the heart of Lewis Canyon.

20) Pelican Creek Mud VOLCANO
A mud hot spring on Pelican Creek about 3 miles north of the Mudkettles.

21) ICE Box Canyon
A small canyon of Soda Butte Creek alongside the northeast road near Pebble Creek Campground.

22) Maidens GRAVE Spring
A hot spring of the old Marshall's Hotel area of the Lower Geyser Basin.

23) Yellowbell BROOK
A hot creek which flows east from the Madison Plateau into Iron Spring Creek near Black Sand Basin.

24) THREE Brothers Mountains
3 edges or "prongs" of the Madison Plateau overlooking the Madison River.

25) CHRISTMAS Tree Park
A valley of woods and meadows at the south base of Mount Holmes.

26) Nat'l PARK Mountain
The edge of the Madison Plateau at the junction of the Firehole and Gibbon Rivers.

27) Zygomatic ARCH
An arch of sinter in and over Silver Globe Spring of Biscuit Basin.

28) LITTLE America Flats
The long flat meadow along the Northeast entrance road just east of Junction Butte.

29) Tanker TURN
A right angle curve of the highway in the Gibbon River Canyon. Site of a tanker truck accident, thus the name.

30) Pillar of HERCULES
A stone pillar at the north end of Golden Gate Bridge above Glen Creek.


PART 3

"MATCH THE THERMAL AREA WITH ITS FEATURE."


01) GEYSER HILL (k)Pot O' Gold Spring
-A hot spring of the Geyser Hill Group of Upper Geyser Basin, located immediately south of Heart Spring.

02) MIDWAY GEYSER BASIN (y) Flood Geyser
-A geyser of the Flood Group of Midway Geyser Basin.

03) LOWER GEYSER BASIN (t) Mound Geyser
-A geyser of the River Group of Lower Geyser Basin, located on the left bank of Firehole River just across the stream from Diadem Spring.

04) BLACK SAND BASIN (x) Handkerchief Pool
-One of the most famous of Yellowstone's thermal features, this small spring in Black Sand Basin of Upper Geyser Basin is no longer accessible by walkway.

05) BISCUIT BASIN (n) Sapphire Pool
-The namesake hot spring of the Sapphire Group of Biscuit Basin of Upper Geyser Basin. It is a spring of signal beauty, whose biscuit-like sinter formations were responsible for the area name Biscuit Basin.

06) LONE STAR GEYSER BASIN (l) Buried Geyser
-A geyser of the Third Geyser Basin, located about one quarter mile east of Lone Star Geyser and one eighth mile south in a ravine on the south side of Firehole River.

07) SHOSHONE GEYSER BASIN (q) Rosette Spring
-A hot spring of the Minute Man Group of Shoshone Geyser Basin. It is spring #9 of the 1968 USGS map.

08) HEART LAKE GEYSER BASIN (f) Glade Geyser
-A hot spring of the Fissure Group of Heart Lake Geyser Basin, located about fifty yards south of Factory Hill towards the slope of Mount Sheridan in a small grove of trees. It has also been known as Hissing Spring in the past.

09) NORRIS GEYSER BASIN (s) Puff 'n' Stuff Geyser
-A geyser of the Back Basin of Norris Geyser Basin, located just northeast of Black Hermit Caldron.

10) GIBBON GEYSER BASIN (w) Evening Primrose Spring
-A hot spring of the Sylvan Springs of Gibbon Geyser Basin. The name was given in 1926 by thermal researchers E.T. Allen and A.L. Day who found its water chemistry quite strange.

11)JOSEPHS COAT SPRINGS (j) Scorodite Spring
-A hot spring of the Josephs Coat Springs, located on the left bank of Broad Creek directly across the stream from the Whistler Geyser complex. It discharges into Broad Creek.

12) COFFEE POT HOT SPRINGS (v) Pyrite Spring
--A hot spring of the lower thermal section of Coffee Pot Hot Springs. Named by Lee Whittlesey and Rocco Paperiello in 1992 for its noteworthy discharge of Metallic Pyrite.

13) HIGHLAND HOT SPRINGS (u) Miniature Geyser
-A geyser of the Highland Hot Springs, located on the southwest side of the southern area an on the south side of a gulch.

14) SEVEN MILE HOLE HOT SPRINGS (b)Halfway Spring
-A hot spring of the Seven Mile Hole Hot Springs, located on the trail to Seven Mile Hole about halfway down to the Yellowstone River, for which fact it was named.

15) MUD VOLCANO AREA (c) Obsidian Pool
-Formerly known as Jim's Black Pool, it is located about a mile behind Black Dragons Cauldron.

16) MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS (e) Reservoir Springs
-A group of hot springs of the Mammoth Hot Springs, located just south of Cavern Spring.

17) DEATH GULCH (d) Wahb Springs
-A group of hot springs located in Death Gulch on the south side of Cache Creek.

18) BOG CREEK HOT SPRINGS (a) Enigma Geyser
--The only known geyser in the Bog Creek complex of hot springs. It has been observed on only 3 known occasions. Eruptions lasted a few seconds with splashes 6-10 feet.

19) STEAMBOAT SPRINGS (p) Locomotive Vent
-A thermal feature (originally and usually a steam vent) of the Steamboat Springs at Steamboat Point on the east side of Yellowstone Lake.

20) THREE RIVER JUNCTION (g) Ferris Fork Pool
-A large natural "hot tub" less than a mile west of Three River Junction and part of the thermal area in that region. It is located at the end of a spur trail off of the 30 mile Lone Star-Bechler Ranger Station trail.

21) WEST THUNB GEYSER BASIN (z) Lone Pine Geyser
-A geyser of West Thumb Geyser Basin, located about one hundred feet north of the Occasional Geyser complex on the shore of Yellowstone Lake.

22) WASHBURN HOT SPRINGS (i) Devil's Inkstand
-A hot mud spring of the Washburn Hot Springs, located in the upper group above Inkpot Spring.

23) TURBID SPRINGS (m) Sulphur Mud Vent
-A large hot spring of the Turbid Springs located on the south side of the mouth of Bear Creek near Turbid Lake.

24) CRATER HILLS (h) Locomotive Jet
-A thermal feature of the Crater Hills, located some 375 feet west and a little southwest of Sulphur Spring.

25) GLEN AFRICA BASIN (o) Red Jacket Spring
-A hot spring of the Glen Africa Basin of Hayden Valley, located on the west bank of Alum Creek.

26) RAINBOW SPRINGS (r) Bellow Spring
-A hot spring of the Rainbow Springs of Mirror Plateau, located on the north bank of Wrong Creek and overhanging that stream, at a place just west of Green Grotto Spring.


PART 4

"70 TOUGHER QUESTIONS"


01) How did Yellowstone Nat'l Park get its name?
A. The park is named for the Yellowstone River which first appeared on French Fur Trapper maps in 1797 as R. des Roche Jaune (River of Yellow Rock), probably referring to yellow bluffs in North Dakota.

02) What commonly seen Yellowstone mammal has a "dewlap?"
A. The moose (A dewlap is that thing that hangs down from its neck)

03) Name the only two mountain ranges that are entirely within the park boundaries!
A. The Red Mountains--in south-central Yellowstone
B. The Washburn Range--in north-central Yellowstone

04) What do Saddle Mountain, Summit Lake, Robinson Creek, Gibbon Falls, the Lamar River, and Giant Geyser have in common in Yellowstone?
A. They all have counterparts in the park with the word "Little" in their name. i.e.-Little Saddle Mountain or the Little Lamar River.

05) Who were the twin brothers that pioneered grizzly bear research in the 1960's?
A. Frank and John Craighead
They were the first team to radio-collar grizzly bears in order to follow their migratory, denning, and reproductive habits.

06) Name the igneous rock type that makes up the vast majority of the Yellowstone plateau!
A. Rhyolite

07) Name the largest geyser basin in area in the park.
A. The Lower Geyser Basin. Its hot spring groups are scattered across 5 square miles of a valley area that is twice as large.

08) On what plateau was the most recent lava flow in the parks geologic history?
A. The Pitchstone Plateau is the surface of the youngest flow from the Yellowstone caldera. The flow is 70,000-80,000 years old and covers over 100 square miles.

09) Geologically, what do Hayden Valley, Pelican Valley, and the Upper Yellowstone Valleys have in common?
A. They were all once part of Yellowstone Lake

10) What is Yellowstone's only officially named waterfall in the Thorofare region?
A. Plateau Falls on the Two Ocean Plateau.

11) What do Henry Dana Washburn, General Philip Sheridan, William Henry Holmes, and the American White Pelican have in common in Yellowstone?
A. They all have summits in Yellowstone named for them that contain fire lookout buildings.

12) What Yellowstone waterfall is named for the shoshone word meaning "straight down?"
A. Dunanda Falls

13) Name the small creek that flows behind the Old Faithful Inn, past the lower Hamilton store, and into the Firehole River!
A. Myriad Creek

14) What Yellowstone landmark was named for the inventor/designer of something found in nearly every high school chemistry class?
A. Bunsen Peak: named for Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen, inventor of the Bunsen Burner. (Actually Bunsen only sugggested the design, the burner was constructed by Peter Desaga in 1854.)

15) What is Yellowstone's shortest named watercourse at 145 yards?
A. Boiling River

16) Name the first three 1995 wolf packs re-introduced into the greater Yellowstone ecosystem in 1995?
A. Crystal Bench Pack
B. Soda Butte Pack
C. Rose Creek Pack

17) Who was the man who's name was given to the now largely unmaintained trail system that roughly parallels the Grand Loop Road?
A. Howard Eaton: The Howard Eaton Trail used to follow the entire Grand Loop. Only small segments of the original trail are still maintained by the park service.

18) Name the 6 Yellowstone summits over 11,000 feet!
A. Eagle Peak--11,358 ft.
B. Mt. Schurz--11,139 ft.
C. Table Mountain--11,063 ft.
D. Pollux Peak--11,067 ft.
E. Atkins Peak--11,043 ft.
F. Grant Peak--11,015 ft.

19) Approximately how many geysers are there in Yellowstone?
A. According to T. Scott Bryan's 1995 edition of the "Geysers of Yellowstone," about 600 active and dormant geysers exist in Yellowstone.

20) What is the highest point on the Grand Loop Road?
A. Dunraven Pass: elevation 8,892 ft.

21) Name the lake where Britta Fredenhagen was killed by a grizzly in 1984!
A. White Lake

22) What are the two most common causes of death to tourists within Yellowstone?
A. Traffic accidents
B. Natural Causes i.e.-Heart Attacks, Strokes.

23) What has been the most common cause of death to visitors to the Yellowstone backcountry?
A. Drowning (over 100)

24) Name the man who discovered and named over a dozen waterfalls in Bechler region during the early 1920's?
A. William C. Gregg (1862-1946) explored and studied the Bechler area in 1920 and 1921. His magazine articles in Saturday Evening Post and Outlook helped defeat a proposed damn that would have inundated Bechler Meadows.

25) Who is credited with being the first "tourist" to Yellowstone?
A. Warren Angus Ferris who first visited the Upper Geyser Basin with two indian scouts in 1834, based solely on the stories of wonder he'd heard.

26) What do the names Stygian, Poison, and McCartney have in common in Yellowstone?
A. They are all caves in the Mammoth area of the park.

27) What is the highest point in the Gallatin range within the boundaries of Yellowstone?
A. Electric Peak: elevation 10,992 feet

28) How many state counties border Yellowstone Nat'l Park and what are they?
A. Five!
In Wyoming: Park and Teton counties.
In Montana: Park and Gallatin counties.
In Idaho: Fremont county

29) What is the only Indian tribe known to have lived within the boundaries of Yellowstone all year long?
A. The Sheepeaters

30) What Yellowstone lake is probably the only place in the world that drains into two oceans backwards?
A. Isa Lake, at the summit of Craig Pass, flows easterly into the Pacific Ocean and westerly into the Atlantic Ocean.

31) What popular roadside waterfall did P.W. Norris discover a passageway behind in 1879?
A. Undine Falls

32) What is Yellowstone's only "officially named" waterfall outside the state of Wyoming?
A. Knowles Falls is in the state of Montana.

33-What backcountry thermal area is also known as "Orange Rock Springs?"
A. Josephs Coat Springs

34) What unusual violent occurrence took place approximately 1 mile west of Douglas Knob in 1963?
A. The crash of a B-47 bomber after a mid-air collision with another plane over Ashton, Idaho.

35) Name the gigantic and violent mud crater that formed a few hundred yards behind Black Dragon's Cauldron in 1974!
A. The Gumper: This 70 foot diameter mud crater claimed a bison in 1984.

36) What do Mt. Haynes, Twister Falls, and Whistler Geyser have in common?
A. Their exact locations have always been shown incorrectly on Yellowstone park maps.

37) What significant park service function has been occurring in recent years along Mesa Road?
A. The park service feeds grizzlies, coyotes and other carnivores with roadkill from the park's highways.

38) Roughly how old is the geyser water emitted during an eruption of Old Faithful (when did it fall as precipitation)?
A. According to T. Scott Bryan's "Geysers of Yellowstone," approximately 500 years.

39) What two summits in Yellowstone are also names of stars in the constellation Gemini?
A. Castor Peak
B. Pollux Peak

40) What name is shared by 4 different creeks in Yellowstone?
A. Cascade Creek
1- Flows south from Cascade Lake to the Yellowstone River near Lower Falls.
2- Flows southwest from the Madison Plateau to Boundary Creek.
3- Flows northwest through Tillery Lake (Teton National Forest) to the Falls River just north of the park south boundary.
4- Flows northwest to Fall Creek from the hills west of Swamp Lake in the Shoshone Geyser Basin area.

41) What, and where in Yellowstone is the "Terminal Monument?"
A. A wooden monument erected by A.V.Richards that marks the northwest corner of the state of Wyoming.

42) Name Yellowstone's two resurgent domes?
A. Mallard Lake Dome
B. Sour Creek Dome
A resurgent dome is an area that was uplifted in the form of a dome by the intrusion of underlying magma soon after the formation of a caldera.

43) Where is the highest point on the maintained YNP trail system?
A. The summit of Avalanche Peak: elevation 10,566 feet.

44-What popular roadside waterfall was once known as "Rural Falls?"
A. Rustic Falls

45) Why is it no longer possible for backcountry enthusiasts to visit Bell's lake in summertime?
A. Bell's Lake is located between Antelope Creek and the Yellowstone River, north of Mt. Washburn. The area is closed to humans in summer for Bear Management.

46) If you traveled from Ace of Hearts Lake to Rowland Pass, what mountain range would you have to cross?
A. The Washburn Range
Ace of Hearts Lake is a small heart shaped lake located two miles east of Horseshoe Hill.
Rowland Pass is a pass of the Washburn Range, located east of Mt. Washburn on the trail between Antelope Creek and Washburn Hot Springs.

47) Who is credited with being the first white child [Non Native-American]born in Yellowstone Nat'l Park?
A. Rosa Park Marshall, daughter of George W. Marshall (1846-1917) who built the Marshall's Hotel (the second hotel ever in Yellowstone Park) near the mouth of Nez Perce Creek in 1880.

48) What do the tops of Bighorn Peak, Reservation Peak, and Candlestick Mountain have in Common?
A. Their summits all straddle the park boundary.

49) What strange, unexplained phenomenon has occurred numerous times in early morning along the shores of Yellowstone Lake?
A. Mysterious aerial sounds described as like an ethereal organ note or the vibrating clang of a harp.

50) Name the thermal basin where one can see Avalanche (Oblique) Geyser erupt every 15-25 minutes!
A. Geyser Springs of the Gibbon Geyser Basin. It is located in the center of the far southern end of the small valley that includes the Geyser Springs.

51) What is the only Yellowstone geyser for which there are continuous records of every year's activity since 1870?
A. Old Faithful

52) What is the only Yellowstone placename officially approved in misspelled form?
A. Baronette Peak, named for Collins Jack (John H.) Baronett (1829-1901), who did not spell his name with the final e and who was best known as "Yellowstone Jack".

53) Who was the first Secretary of the Interior to visit Yellowstone?
A. Carl Schurz in 1880

54) What was the name of the first recorded boat on Yellowstone Lake?
A. "The Anna" in the summer of 1871.

55) Who led the first official exploration of the headwaters of the Snake River in 1871?
A. Captain John Whitney Barlow

56) Where would you find the thermal feature known as the "Magic Mushroom?"
A. In the Gnome Group of the Fairyland Basin at the Junction of Broad and Shallow Creeks. It is one of the most remarkable thermal areas in the world. Until the mid-1990s this incredible Yellowstone wonder had probably been seen by only 20-30 people in all of the parks history. This is probably due to its remote and inaccessible location at the bottom of a 1,500 foot canyon.

57) On what creek would you find Yellowstone's only mapped waterfall not in the state of Wyoming or Montana?
A. On Robinson Creek along the West Boundary trail about 5 miles north of Robinson Lake. (This waterfall is shown as 'falls' on the "Cave Falls" 7 minute quadrangle and it is in the state of Idaho)

58) Where does Yellowstone rank in size among ALL U.S. national parks?
A. 8th, at 2,219,790 acres; ahead of Yellowstone are:

1- Wrangell-St. Elias NP (Alaska) -- 7,730,645 acres
2- Gates of the Arctic NP (Alaska) -- 7,523,888 acres
3- Denali NP (Alaska) -- 4,741,910 acres
4- Katmai NP (Alaska) -- 3,586,000 acres
5- Death Valley NP (California) 3,348,928 acres
6- Glacier Bay NP (Alaska) -- 3,225,284 acres
7- Lake Clark NP (Alaska) -- 2,636,839 acres

59) Name the creek on the Mirror Plateau that contains two of Yellowstone's largest unmapped and undocumented waterfalls, both over 100 feet!
A. Shallow Creek
1- Golden Fleece Falls--a double fall over 100 feet near the confluence with Broad Creek.
2- Vest Falls--a 100-150 drop near the confluence with Wrong Creek.
Note: Both waterfalls are unmepped but their names are a matter of record in the park archives.

60) If you traveled in a straight line from Marshall's Park to Lookout Terrace what significant watercourse would you have to cross?
A. The Firehole River
Marshall's Park is a large meadow area located on the north side of Madison Plateau on the Old Fountain Pack Trail about seven miles west of the mouth of Nez Perce Creek.
Lookout Terrace is a hill on the old Norris stagecoach road between Canyon Creek and the far south end of Firehole Canyon.

61) If you traveled in a straight line from Coot Lake to Earthquake Gorge, what other lake would you surely have to cross?
A. Shoshone Lake
Coot Lake is a small lake located between South Boundary Lake and Hering Lake, at 44, 8' latitude and 110, 45' longitude.
Earthquake Gorge is a narrow defile just north of the headwaters of Canyon Creek.

62) What creek at Norris Geyser Basin is named for a green colored alga which grows in acid hot springs?
A. Cyanidium Creek: It flows north then south from a series of springs on the south side of Norris Geyser Basin to Tantalus Creek.

63) What Yellowstone creek is named for a hunter and poacher who was gored to death by a buffalo on March 22, 1902?
A. Rock Creek (for Richard W. Rock)--The buffalo was his own.

64) What are 4 former names for the Upper Geyser Basin?
A. Grand Geyser Basin
B. Great Geyser Basin
C. Firehole Geyser Basin
D. Upper Firehole Geyser Basin

65) Name the park ranger, who in the late 1950's successfully found and retraced virtually the entire historic Bannock/Shoshone Indian trail through Yellowstone!
A. Wayne Replogle; who was researching and subsequently wrote "The Yellowstone Bannock Indian Trails."

66) What is the highest point in the Absaroka range? Hint: it is not within park boundaries!
A. Francs Peak: elevation 13,140 feet

67) Who was Yellowstone's first park naturalist?
A. Milton Skinner

68) What thermal area was once known as Tomato Soup Springs?
A. Hillside Springs

69) What is the coldest creek in Yellowstone with an average temperature of 45 degrees F?
A. Tower Creek: this is undoubtedly because so much of the creek flows through deep dark canyons and thick forest. Its waters rarely receive direct sunlight and conatin little thermal runoff of any kind.

70) What historical feature do Lone Star Geyser, The Natural Bridge, the summit of Mt. Washburn, and Morning Glory Pool all share?
A. It was once possible to drive one's automobile directly to all of these places.


PART 5


"THE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE (THE LISTS)"


01-Name 9 plateaus in Yellowstone.

1) MADISON PLATEAU
Southwestern Yellowstone.

2) PITCHSTONE PLATEAU
Southern Yellowstone/ slightly west.

3) TWO OCEAN PLATEAU
Southeastern Yellowstone.

4) MIRROR PLATEAU
East-Central Yellowstone.

5) SOLFATARA PLATEAU
Central Yellowstone.

6) BLACKTAIL DEER PLATEAU
North-Central Yellowstone.

7) CENTRAL PLATEAU
Central Yellowstone.

8) BUFFALO PLATEAU
Northern Yellowstone/ slightly east.

9) YELLOWSTONE PLATEAU
This plateau is comprised of all of the above except the Buffalo Plateau.


02-Name the 5 National Forests that border Yellowstone.

1) GALLATIN NATIONAL FOREST
North and northwest of the park.

2) TARGHEE NATIONAL FOREST
West and Southwest of the park.

3) SHOSHONE NATIONAL FOREST
East of the park.

4) BRIDGER-TETON NATIONAL FOREST
Southeast of the park

5) CUSTER NATIONAL FOREST
Northeast of Yellowstone, borders the park for only about 1 mile.


03-Name the 6 Wilderness areas that border Yellowstone.

1) LEE METCALF WILDERNESS
West of the park. Northwest of West Yellowstone, MT

2) ABSAROKA-BEARTOOTH WILDERNESS
Northeast of the park.

3) NORTH ABSAROKA WILDERNESS
East of the park above the east entrance road.

4) TETON WILDERNESS
Located southeast of the park below Yellowstone's Thorofare Region.

5) WASHAKIE WILDERNESS
East of the park below the east entrance road.

6) WINEGAR HOLE WILDERNESS
South of the park's Bechler region and north of the Reclamation raod.


04-Name 17 Yellowstone watercourses with "river " in their name! (This one is really tough!!)

1) YELLOWSTONE RIVER
Flows north from the slopes of Yount's Peak far to the southeast of Yellowstone Park; through Yellowstone Lake, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone, and on many hundreds of miles before reaching the Missouri River at Williston, North Dakota.

2) BECHLER RIVER
Flows southwest from Three River Junction to the Falls River in the southwestern corner of the park.

3) FALLS RIVER
Flows west to Henry's Fork of the Snake River from above Beula Lake in the southwestern corner of Yellowstone.

4) HEART RIVER
The outlet of Heart Lake, this short river flows south into the Snake River.

5) SNAKE RIVER
Flows west along Yellowstone's southern boundary and exits the park at the south gate.

6) LEWIS RIVER
The outlet of Shoshone and Lewis Lakes, it flows south through Lewis Canyon to the Snake River.

7) FIREHOLE RIVER
Flows north from Madison Lake through the Old Faithful area and on to the Madison River.

8) LITTLE FIREHOLE RIVER
Flows from Little Firehole Meadows on the Madison Plateau east into the Firehole River in the Biscuit Basin area.

9) MADISON RIVER
One of the three branches of the Missouri River. It begins in Yellowstone Park at Madison Junction, at the confluence of the Firehole and Gibbon Rivers.

10) GIBBON RIVER
One of the Park's major streams, it flows southwest from Grebe Lake to the Madison River.

11) GALLATIN RIVER
Flows west then north from Gallatin Lake to the Missouri River. It is one of the three branches of the Missouri.

12) GARDNER RIVER
Flows south then north to Yellowstone River from the Gallatin Range.

13) LAMAR RIVER
One of the Park's major rivers, it originates on the slopes of Lamar Mountain and flows northwesterly for 66 miles to Yellowstone River.

14) LITTLE LAMAR RIVER
A small southerly branch of the upper Lamar River.

15) BOILING RIVER
emerges from beneath a travertine ledge below Mammoth Hot Springs and rushes for only 145 yards before emptying into the Gardner River.

16) RIVER STYX
A mostly subterranean creek of hot water which originates from the upper Mammoth Hot Springs and flows to unknown regions. It is visible in the bottom of spring craters between Stygian Caves and White Elephant Back terrace.

17) YELLOWSTONE RIVER BRIDGE CREEK
Flows east form cold springs into Yellowstone River just below the Yellowstone River bridge which is above the mouth of Lamar River.


05-Besides the 5 gated entrances, name 6 other locations where one can legally drive into Yellowstone National Park.

1) U.S. HIGHWAY 191 northbound enters Yellowstone just north of the West Yellowstone cemetery.

2) U.S. HIGHWAY 191 southbound enters Yellowstone at Dailey Creek.

3) STEPHENS CREEK ROAD northbound enters Yellowstone just a few hundred yards west of the Roosevelt Arch in Gardiner, MT.

4) STEPHENS CREEK ROAD southbound enters Yellowstone from the ranches in the vicinity of the Church of Universal and Triumphant, just northwest of Gardiner, MT.

5) CAVE FALLS ROAD enters the park several miles west of Cave Falls, 17 miles east of Ashton, Idaho.

6) A GRAVEL ROAD to the Bechler Ranger Station enters the park a few hundred yards north of the Cave Falls Road, 16 miles east of Ashton, Idaho.


06-Name 3 Yellowstone lakes in the state of Idaho.

1) ROBINSON LAKE
A small lake in the Park southwest corner, located at the head of Rock Creek.

2) BUFFALO LAKE
A small landlocked lake about 15 miles north of the Bechler Ranger Station.

3) PHONELINE LAKE
A small lake located southwest of the Bechler Ranger Station and north of Wyoming Creek.


07-Name 8 presidents who have visited Yellowstone while in office.

1) CHESTER ARTHUR

2) TEDDY ROOSEVELT

3) WARREN HARDING

4) CALVIN COOLIDGE

5) FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

6) GERALD FORD

7) JIMMY CARTER

8) BILL CLINTON


08-Name the 18 "points" on Yellowstone Lake.

1) SIGNAL POINT
A point on Yellowstone Lake located south of Park Point.

2) PARK POINT
A point on the east shore of Yellowstone Lake.

3) ELK POINT
A point on the northeast shore of Yellowstone Lake.

4) HOLMES POINT
A point on the north shore of Yellowstone Lake, a mile north of Steamboat Point.

5) STEAMBOAT POINT
A Point on the northeast shore of Yellowstone Lake between Mary and Sedge Bays.

6) STORM POINT
A point about a mile south of Indian Pond on the lake's north shore.

7) TOPPING POINT
A point about a mile south of the Yellowstone River outlet and on the lake's west shore.

8) GULL POINT
A point on the northwest shore of Yellowstone Lake some 4-5 miles north of Sand Point.

9) SAND POINT
A point on Yellowstone Lake located about five miles south of Gull Point.

10) ROCK POINT
This point is on the western shore of Yellowstone Lake just south of Sand Point.

11) SPRUCE POINT
A jutting point about halfway between Rock Point and Pumice Point.

12) PUMICE POINT
A point on the north shore of West Thumb bay of Yellowstone Lake.

13) BLUFF POINT
A point on Yellowstone Lake about 1 miles southwest of Carrington Island.

14) BREEZE POINT
A point on Yellowstone Lake, located north of Delusion Lake.

15) WOLF POINT
A point on the southwest shore of Yellowstone Lake two miles east of Delusion Lake.

16) SNIPE POINT
A point located on Yellowstone Lake's southern shore at the east end of West Thumb.

17) PLOVER POINT
This point is on the west shore of the South Arm of Yellowstone Lake.

18) TERRACE POINT
This point is on the northeast side of the Southeast Arm of Yellowstone Lake.


09-Name 33 "passes" in Yellowstone.

1) BIGHORN PASS
A pass of the Gallatin Range, elevation 9110 feet.

2) BLISS PASS
A pass of the Absaroka Range, located at the head of Elk Tongue Creek.

3) CASCADE PASS
The pass between Observation Peak & Stone Mountain of the Washburn Range.

4) CRAIG PASS
A mountain pass of the Continental Divide at Corkscrew Hill, elevation 8262 feet.

5) CROW CREEK PASS
A pass of the Absaroka Range, elevation 9833 feet.

6) DAILEY PASS
At the head of Dailey Creek on the park boundary, a pass of the Gallatin Range.

7) DUNRAVEN PASS
A pass of the Washburn Range and the Grand Loop Road, elevation 8859 feet.

8) EAGLE PASS
A pass of the Absaroka Range, elevation 9828 feet.

9) ECHO PASS
In the Gallatin Range between a spur of Echo Peak and the most northerly White Peak.

10) FAN PASS
A pass of the Gallatin Range, some three miles southeast of Sportsman Lake.

11) FAWN PASS
A pass of the Gallatin Range at the head of Fawn Creek.

12) FROST LAKE PASS
A pass of the Absaroka Range, located about a mile east of Frost Lake.

13) GRANTS PASS
A pass of the Continental Divide, elevation 8000 ft., 3 miles south of Lone Star Geyser.

14) HIBBARD'S PASS
The pass is located between present Beaver Lake and Amphitheater Springs.

15) HOODOO PASS
A pass of the Absaroka Range between Hoodoo Basin and Hoodoo Creek.

16) JONES PASS
A mountain pass of the Absaroka Range located south of Mount Chittenden.

17) KINGMAN PASS
The pass of the main road between Terrace Mountain and Bunsen Peak.

18) LICHEN PASS
A pass of the Absaroka Range, elevation 6951 feet; 1 mile west of the east entrance.

19) LOVELY PASS
A low pass between Mist Creek and the headwaters of Willow Creek.

20) MIST CREEK PASS
A mountain pass separating the waters of Raven Creek from those of Mist Creek.

21) NORRIS PASS
Between two unnamed hills of the Continental Divide 1 mile southwest of Craig Pass.

22) PAYCHECK PASS
The pass over which the trail passes from Heart Lake to the Grand Loop Road.

23) PROSPECT PASS
The pass between Folsom and Prospect Peaks.

24) REPUBLIC PASS
Between Republic Peak and an unnamed summit at the head of Cache Creek.

25) ROWLAND PASS
A pass of the Washburn Range, between Antelope Creek and Washburn Hot Springs.

26) SNOW PASS
This pass is located between Terrace Mountain and Clagett Butte.

27) SNOWSHOE PASS
In the Gallatin Range, at the headwaters of Stellaria Creek just southwest of Gray Peak.

28) STORM PASS
A pass of the Washburn Range located immediately north of Cook Peak.

29) SYLVAN PASS
A pass of the Absaroka Range on the Grand Loop Road, elevation 8541 feet.

30) TOWER PASS
A pass of the Washburn range, between Stone Mountain and Inside Mountain.

31) TURKEY PEN PASS
This is the pass between Turkey Pen Peak and the north end of Mount Everts.

32) WOODRING PASS
A pass of the Absaroka Range, accessible only by trail.

33) BOOTJACK GAP
A pass of the Absaroka Range near Canoe Lake, accessible only by trail.


10-Name 8 islands in Yellowstone Lake.

1) STEVENSON ISLAND

2) DOT ISLAND

3) FRANK ISLAND

4) PEALE ISLAND

5) CARRINGTON ISLAND

6) SANDY MOLLY ISLAND

7) ROCKY MOLLY ISLAND

8) PELICAN ROOST


11-Name 9 "ridges" in Yellowstone.

1) BARONETT RIDGE
A low hill located about 1 mile west of Junction Butte, elevation about 6500 feet.

2) BIG GAME RIDGE
Extends from the Snake River into Teton National Forest where hunting is permitted.

3) CHICKEN RIDGE
Located east of Heart Lake, it extends from Overlook Mtn. to Barlow Peak.

4) CROWFOOT RIDGE
A north-trending ridge of the Gallatin Range, elevation 9891 feet.

5) FISSURE RIDGE
A travertine ridge of the Mammoth Hot Springs located just east of Cupid Spring.

6) HUCKLEBERRY RIDGE
Extends barely into the park from the Teton Nat'l Forest just east of the south gate.

7) SECTION RIDGE
A ridge of the Gallatin Range, northeast of Monument Peak, at the head of Fawn Creek.

8) SPECIMEN RIDGE
The long ridge between Lamar Valley and Mirror Plateau.

9) SQUIRREL SPRINGS RIDGE
A spring terrace formation at Mammoth, Squirrel Springs are on top.


12-Name 12 Yellowstone buttes.

1) BLACK BUTTE
Located in the northwest corner of the park near U.S. Highway 191 and Black Butte Creek.

2) BUMPUS BUTTE
A small square-shaped butte between Rainy Lake and Calcite Springs.

3) CLAGETT BUTTE
A small butte in the Mammoth area between Terrace Mtn. and Clematis Creek.

4) CROWN BUTTE
A peak of the Gallatin Range, elevation 8059 feet, on the parks far northwest corner.

5) JUNCTION BUTTE
A square-shaped butte at the junction of the Yellowstone and Lamar Rivers.

6) LAKE BUTTE
A butte overlooking Yellowstone Lake on its eastern shore.

7) LAVA BUTTE
A low butte, elevation 7010 feet, in the Park's northwest corner.

8) NORTH TWIN BUTTE
Located west of Fountain Flats near Fairy Falls, it is the northerly of the Twin Buttes.

9) RATTLESNAKE BUTTE
Elevation 6749 ft., on the park's north boundary about 4 miles east of the North Entrance.

10) SANDY BUTTE
Elevation 6948 feet, just west of the confluence of Campanula and Gneiss Creeks.

11) SOUTH TWIN BUTTE
Located west of Fountain Flats near Fairy Falls, it is the southerly of the Twin Buttes.

12) SODA BUTTE
An extinct hot spring cone of travertine along the northeast road in Lamar Valley.


13-Name 28 Yellowstone hills (singular).

1) BLANDING HILL
A hill on the Norris-Canyon road located just east of the present Gibbon River.

2) BRICKYARD HILL
A low hill about 1 miles north of Roaring Mountain just north of Clearwater Springs.

3) CALF CREEK HILL
The park south boundary crosses this hill which is southwest of Rainbow Falls.

4) CANYON HILL
This is the hill ascended by the main road after it leaves Cascade Meadows.

5) CANYON CREEK HILL
Just south of Canyon Creek at the point where that stream enters the Gibbon River.

6) CAPITOL HILL
A low glacial hill just east of Mammoth Hot Springs.

7) CHADBOURNE HILL
On the old stagecoach road between Gardiner, MT, and Cinnabar, MT (now gone).

8) CORKSCREW HILL
The hill just west of Herron Creek, marked "8624" on present maps.

9) CRESCENT HILL
A low hill located east of The Cut and west of Floating Island Lake.

10) DUDE HILL
The last hill of the main road from Mammoth campground to upper Mammoth.

11) FACTORY HILL
A peak of the Red Mountains, elevation 9607 feet.

12) FORMATION HILL
The hill between the old Mammoth CCC Camp & the Main Terrace of Mammoth.

13) GARNET HILL
This hill is located north of Pleasant Valley, near Tower Junction.

14) GEYSER HILL
Hot springs and geysers on the right bank of Firehole River, Upper Geyser Basin.

15) GIBBON HILL
A low hill, elevation 8601 feet, located three miles northeast of Paintpot Hill.

16) GRAYLING HILL
On U.S. Highway 191 between the West Yellowstone cemetery & Grayling Creek.

17) HORSESHOE HILL (#1)
A hill (elevation 8310 feet) located about two miles east of Obsidian Lake.

18) HORSESHOE HILL (#2)
A hill in the northwest corner of the park over which passes U.S. Highway 191.

19) KITE HILL
An eastern spur of Sepulcher Mountain, where the first Mammoth cemetery is located.

20) KNOTTED WOODS HILL
Located on an old stretch of road between Arnica Creek and Natural Bridge.

21) LIGHTNING HILL
Located immediately south of the junction of the East and North Forks of Specimen Creek.

22) MIDWAY HILL
A prominent basalt hill located between Overhanging Cliff and Bumpus Butte.

23) PAINTPOT HILL
A hill, elevation 8055 feet, located at the north end of Gibbon Canyon.

24) SAVAGE HILL
The summit one mile west of the West Thumb facility area.

25) SLIDING HILL
A northeast foothill of Sepulcher Mountain which keeps sliding into the Gardner River.

26) SOAP HILL
The hill over between Mammoth Campground and the 45th Parallel of Latitude.

27) WYLIE HILL
The hill between Red Mud Crater and Cyclops Spring in Upper Geyser Basin.

28) YANCEY HILL
The hill east of the canyon known as The Cut on the Blacktail Plateau Drive.


14-Name 10 Yellowstone hills (plural).

1) BIRCH HILLS
A group of low hills south of Proposition Creek.

2) CEMENT HILLS
A group of low hills along the north shore of Shoshone Lake.

3) CRATER HILLS
A group of small hills located in the central Hayden Valley about 1 mile west of the Grizzly Overlook on the Lake-Canyon road.

4) PORCUPINE HILLS
A group of low hills on the north side of Lower Geyser Basin.

5) RAGGED HILLS
A small group of thermally cemented hills on the west side of Norris Geyser Basin.

6) SIGNAL HILLS
A group of low hills directly east of Yellowstone Lake.

7) SOUTH END HILLS
The low hills of the Gallatin Range just south of Mount Holmes.

8) SULPHUR HILLS (#1)
Hills at Shoshone Geyser Basin separating the acid springs from the alkaline springs.

9) SULPHUR HILLS (#2)
A ridge of hills bordering Pelican Valley on the north.

10) THREE HILLS
This is the name of the three hills on the south side of Rush Lake.


15-Name 5 bays in Yellowstone lake.

1) BRIDGE BAY
A bay on the northwest side of the lake several miles south of Fishing Bridge.

2) EAGLE BAY
A bay of Yellowstone Lake located 1-2 miles north of Flat Mountain Arm.

3) MARY BAY
A bay of Yellowstone Lake located north of Steamboat Point.

4) SEDGE BAY
The small bay southeast of Mary Bay on Yellowstone Lake into which Sedge Creek flows.

5) TROUT BAY
A small bay between the Yellowstone River outlet and Bridge Bay.


16-Name 6 places in Yellowstone that begin with the letter "Q".

1) QUADRANT MOUNTAIN
A mountain of the Gallatin Range, elevation 10,216 feet.

2) QUEEN ELIZABETH'S RUFFLE
The ash flow tuff cap on Mount Everts.

3) QUEENS LAUNDRY
A large beautiful blue hot spring in the Sentinel Group of Lower Geyser Basin.

4) QUIVER CASCADES
A cascade of the Phillips Fork of Bechler River downstream from Hourglass Falls.

5) QUAGMIRE GROUP
A group of hot springs in the Lower Geyser Basin.

6) QUARTZ CREEK
Flows west into the Yellowstone River from Specimen Ridge.


17-Name 34 Yellowstone Canyons.

1) ARROW CANYON
A long straight arrow-shaped canyon Southwest of the Washburn Range.

2) BECHLER CANYON
Canyon of the upper Bechler River which runs through it in southwest Yellowstone.

3) BLACK BEAR CANYON
From an unnamed stream of the Madison Plateau it extends west outside park.

4) BLACK CANYON (#1)
A canyon of the Thirsty Creek of Snake River, it is mostly west of the park.

5) BLACK CANYON (#2)
Along the Yellowstone River between the Mammoth-Tower road and the park's north boundary.

6) CASCADE CANYON
The canyon of Cascade Creek above Crystal Falls.

7) CHROMATIC CANYON
The deep canyon at the south end of Monument Geyser Basin.

8) DRY CANYON (#1)
From south Riverside Cabin on the west boundary to the South Fork of the Madison.

9) DRY CANYON (#2)
A dry water course near the south end of Garnet Hill extending west to Elk Creek.

10) ECHO CANYON
A largely dry canyon just southeast of South Riverside Cabin.

11) FIREHOLE CANYON
The canyon of Firehole River below the Cascades of the Firehole.

12) GARDNER CANYON
The canyon of Gardner River along the base of Mount Everts.

13) GIBBON CANYON
On the Gibbon River, extending north from Gibbon Falls for about 6 miles.

14) GOLDEN GATE CANYON
A canyon of Glen Creek, below Rustic Falls.

15) GRAND CANYON OF THE YELLOWSTONE
On the Yellowstone River in the center of the park, extends two dozen miles.

16) ICE BOX CANYON
A small canyon on Soda Butte Creek where ice remains until late summer.

17) LAMAR CANYON
On the Lamar River just west of the entrance to the Lamar Valley.

18) LAVA CREEK CANYON
The canyon of Lava Creek below Undine Falls.

19) LEWIS CANYON
A canyon of the Lewis River south of Lewis Falls just east of the south road.

20) LOST CREEK CANYON
The canyon of Lost Creek, most of which is above Lost Creek Falls.

21) MADISON CANYON
The canyon of Madison River between Mount Jackson and Seven Mile Bridge.

22) MAPLE CREEK CANYON
A canyon on upper Maple Creek which extends to the mouth of Duck Creek.

23) MEADOW CANYON
A canyon of East Side Creek near the west boundary 5 miles northwest of Big Bear Lake.

24) MIDDLE CREEK CANYON
The main canyon of Middle Creek near the parks east gate.

25) OBSIDIAN CANYON
The canyon of Obsidian Creek, located just north of Obsidian Cliff.

26) OUTLET CANYON
Outlet Canyon is between Channel Mountain and Overlook Mountain.

27) PANTHER CREEK CANYON
The major canyon on Panther creek, located near the stream's headwaters.

28) RED CANYON
Canyon of Snake River for several miles as it runs the west side of Big Game Ridge.

29) SHEEPEATER CANYON
A canyon on Gardner River south of Bunsen Peak.

30) SINKING WATER CANYON
The uppermost canyon of Little Robinson Creek about 2 miles west of Dunanda Falls.

31) SODA BUTTE CANYON
The canyon of Soda Butte Creek from Soda Butte to the Montana-Wyoming boundary.

32) SPRING CREEK CANYON
The canyon of Spring Creek for the last 2-3 miles above its mouth.

33) TOWER CREEK CANYON
A deep, 300 foot canyon of Tower Creek above Tower Falls.

34) VIRGINIA CANYON
A canyon of Gibbon River just below Virginia Cascade.


18-Name 4 Yellowstone Gulches

1) CLEMATIS GULCH
The stream canyon of Clematis Creek east of Sepulcher Mountain.

2) DEATH GULCH
A V-shaped trench on the south side of Cache Creek about 4 miles above the mouth.

3) RHYOTRAVERTINE GULCH
The gulch just north of Golden Gate Bridge which divides the area geologically.

4) WHITE GULCH
Literally a white-colored gulch in the Upper Group of Heart Lake Geyser Basin.


I hope you have enjoyed the Yellowstone Trivia Test as much as I did creating it.

All answers have been researched in the Yellowstone National Park archives at Mammoth, Wyoming.

Special thanks to Lee Whittlesey without whose assistance this project would not have been possible.

If you discover any or errors on this test, or additions to the lists you would like to add, please e-mail me below.

I welcome all comments and suggestions.


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