National Park Mystery Spot 41: To Make A Long Story Short

Mystery Spot 41 is a natural feature in a national park. To answer correctly you must specify the natural feature and the national park in which it is located. Traveler readers answering correctly will be eligible for our monthly prize drawing.

Here are all the clues you should need to identify this mystery spot:

How do you make a long story shorter?

What is the holy hole in the floor?

What was the player who wrecked the lights and delighted the Knights?

Bonus clue, no extra charge: Which national park contains just one more than the McDonald’s logo?

Check back with Traveler tomorrow for the answer and an explanation of the clues.

No cheating! If we catch you engaged in sneakery, we will make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion is currently considered the world’s hottest chili pepper. Some individual plants have been officially measured at just over 2,000,000 Scoville heat units, which is hotter than most law enforcement-grade pepper spray.”


You've nailed it, Slaney. Gold Star Pass to the Winners Circle Club. Since you're a newbie, you'll want to tip the concierge staff generously and get yourself properly established.

Eric, you've got some more work to do. That is, you've got the wrong spot in the right park.

Of course it is, Eric! I am still scratching my head over that first choice of yours. Anyhoo..... welcome back to the Winners Circle Club. You know the ropes.

La Venttia Arch (sp?)

El Malpais National Park, New Mexico

Not La Ventana Arch in El Malpais National Monument.

You're almost there, celbert, having deduced the park but not the place in the park. Shouldn't take you long to nail this one.

Of course it is, viewmtn. Welcome back to the Winners Circle Club. Just show your pass to the concierge.

Eric Nelson has nailed it, even without unraveling clue number three. Take your usual place in the Winners Circle, Eric. BTW, I think my own photos will suffice for this one, but I will keep your kind offer in mind.

Nicely done, celbert. Please march right on in.

Chaco culture national historical park

BTexan, please go back and read the instructions. I am NOT going to suggest that you should give yourself a dope slap. Here at Traveler we respect our readers and never say anything like that. So, please don't give yourself a dope slap. Just read the instructions.

Sorry, Ron; it's not Chaco Culture National Historical Park. And anyway, this quiz requires a two-part answer, one part of which is not the name of a national park. See reply to BTexan above. Make sure that you do NOT give yourself a dope slap. :o)

You nailed it, Ranger Lady. Good job. BTW, where have you been? We needed you to light the way.

Three Sisters at Arches National Park?

No, 'fraid not ILoveRoadTrips. But you've got the right state!

Hole in rock road in the grand-staircase Ecalante National Monument, found by george Hobbs on there way to San Juan Mission

That's a pretty creative answer, Ron, but unfortunately the Grand-Staircase is a BLM unit, not a Park Service unit. But you're very warm....

I'm away from the confuser for just a few minutes, and what happens? The Editor-in-Kurt starts giving hints left and right. This from a guy who accuses the Quizmeister of being an easy grader on these quizzes. $@&%#*! Ain't no justice!

How about the Three Gossips in Arches National Park?

Is it Hole in the Rock at Glen Canyon National Rec Area?

is it hell's backbone at Bryce Canyon NP?

Sorry, but the mystery spot is not in Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, or Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Promontory Summit in Golden Spike National Historical Park.

Sorry I was late, Bob! Another one of those busy mornings using the taxpayer's money wisely.

hell's hole at Capitol Reef NP?

You got it, ILoveRoadTrips. Just don't tell the Quizmeister I gave you the thumb's up. He's pretty territorial around his puzzlers. And sorry, Anonymous, not Capitol Reef's Hell's Hole.

Three Sisters in Monument Valley

Sorry, Ron, no sisters involved in this mystery....

Low Cro, David Crowl, and sukisherwood can pick up their Gold Star Passes at the Winners Circle concierge desk. Well done. Ron erpelding joins a lengthening list of folks who figured out the park, but not the specific spot in the park.