Canyons, Buttes and Mesas: Name This National Park

Mystery National Park

It’s time for another Mystery Destination. At Sierra Trading Post, we are huge fans of the national park system and love talking about our amazing national parks. This week we’ve chosen another park for our mystery destination. Read through the five clues below and see if you can name this mystery national park. If you know the answer, enter it in the comments below.

National Park Mystery Destination

Photo by Rene Schwietzke

  • Construction of a 1.1 mile tunnel to increase access to the park began in the late 1920’s and was completed in 1930. At the time that the tunnel was dedicated, on July 4, 1930, it was the longest tunnel of its type in the United States.
  • The park is an amazing place for hiking, guided horseback riding, camping and rock climbing.
  • The National Park includes mountains, canyons, buttes, mesas, monoliths, rivers, slot canyons, and natural arches.
  • The geologic formations of this area over 250 million years- record periods of time when this area was covered by a shallow sea; when huge, sluggish rivers, bordered by swamplands, meandered across the landscape; and when a vast desert-perhaps the largest on the planet-covered the region.
  • The area was originally protected by President Taft under the name Mukuntuweap National Monument. The name was changed in 1918 with the thought that people would be less likely to visit a park they couldn’t pronounce.

Do you know which national park we are describing in the clues above? Enter the answer in the comments below then share this game with your friends to see if they know the answer. Have you visited this national park before? When was the last time you were there?

Did you enjoy this mystery destination game? Be sure to check out some of our previous destinations.


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Andy Hawbaker
Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains with his wife and daughters he shares his adventures here on the Sierra SocialHub.

21 comments on “Canyons, Buttes and Mesas: Name This National Park

  1. Ken Forman

    Zion National Park in southern Utah. Been there many times.
    The hike up, and views from Angel’s Landing are amazing.
    Been up to the Subway, the Watchman and the Emerald Pools.
    Also spent a couple nights camping up on the Kolob Plateau.

  2. Jenny K.

    You kinda gave this one away. It says Zion in the clue. Regardless, Zion NP is gorgeous and so fun to visit. Some of the best hiking in the country!

  3. BJ

    Zion National Park. The hike in the Kolab Canyon to Kolab Arch was one of my favorites. We were there in November and did not see another soul on the hike.

  4. Rose

    I love Zion. One of my favorites. It reminds me of Jurassic Park, such a lush adventurous place. The slots and the narrows are soo beautiful.

  5. Judith

    Visited Zion National Park when I was in my late teens- many moons ago ,on a cross country trek , one of several between the East Coast and the West Coast.Would love to go back there now in my “Golden” years. Yes, mayby there are a few more” treks” left inside me.

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