National Park Quiz 39: Winter
1. True or false? Installing a fishing shanty like that shown in the accompanying photo is legal in some national parks.
2. True or false? According to official weather records, Logan Pass in Glacier National Park has the greatest average annual snowfall of any place in America’s National Park System.
3. True or false? About one-third of the 58 National Park-designated units of the National Park System reduce or eliminate their admission fees during the winter months.
4. True or false? Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park closes for the winter.
5. True or false? Snowfall may occur at any time of the year in portions of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
6. True or false? At Grand Canyon National Park, mule trips into the canyon are suspended during the winter.
7. True or false? Snowmobiling is permitted on the Grand Loop road system in Yellowstone National Park.
8. True or false? Cross country skiers are welcome to use the carriage roads in Acadia National Park.
9. True or false? At Crater Lake National Park, snowplows keep the Rim Drive open to traffic most winter days.
10. True or false? In mid-winter, most islands in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore are linked to the mainland by ice roads or groomed trails.
Extra Credit Question:
11. True or false? The bears in Great Smoky Mountains National Park remain active throughout the winter months.
Super Bonus Question:
12. True or false? If you are driving your car in a designated chain control area of Yosemite National Park, you must have tire chains or cables in your possession even if you are not required to have them installed on your drive tires.
(1) True. Different parks have different rules, though. At Voyageurs National Park you must install your fishing shanty (“icehouse’) at least 50 feet from the center of snowmobile trails and the Rainy Lake ice road.
(2) False. The Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park has the highest average annual snowfall of any place where measurements are regular recorded.
(3) False. Most national parks do not seasonally adjust their admission fees.
(4) True. Isle Royale is one of the few national parks that shuts down for the winter. The park closed November 1, 2008 and is not scheduled to reopen until April 16, 2009.
(5) True. Snow can occur in any month in the upper elevations of 13,679-foot Mauna Loa. Blizzards, whiteouts, and strong, bitterly cold winds are among the peak’s objective hazards.
(6) False. Mule trips from the South Rim are offered on a year round basis.
(7) True. Yellowstone’s groomed snowmobile trails are on the park roads. It’s off-road snowmobiling that is prohibited in Yellowstone.
(8) True. The park has about 45 miles of carriage roads that are open for cross-country skiing when there is adequate snow. Volunteers sometimes lay down ski tracks on sections of the carriage roads.
(9) False. The park’s scenic Rim Drive is closed in winter because of the park’s heavy snowfall, which averages over 44 feet a year. The park’s north entrance is typically closed from early November to mid-June, and the Rim Visitor Center closes from October through May.
(10) False. Maintaining these links would be impractical and risky. Ice conditions vary greatly and can change quickly, even daily, in this part of Lake Superior.
(11) False. Although bears in Great Smoky don’t hibernate in the strict meaning of the term, they do hole up in dens (usually by mid-December) and fall into a deep sleep until March or early April.
(12) True. Within a designated chain control area, you must use chains or cables on your car's drive wheels when the chain control sign does not exempt your car. And even if your car is exempt, you must have chains or cables in your possession. Any time chain controls are in effect, all vehicles in the designated areas must have chains in possession. Experience shows that it’s not possible to consistently predict when chains will be needed. Chain requirements have been in place on occasion in Yosemite as early as September and as late as May.
Grading: 9 or 10 correct, rest on your laurels; 7 or 8 correct, pretty darn good; 6 correct, passable fair; 5 or fewer correct, nothing to brag about.