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We went to the geology talk at Cedar Breaks and learned that Cedar Breaks is the highest point of the Grand Staircase. The Grand Staircase is a series of layers that includes the Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon, all of which we visited last year. The layers start with the bottom of the Grand Canyon being the oldest. Zion is in the next layer, then Bryce Canyon. Cedar Breaks crowns the top layer at over 10000 feet. The layers overlap but basically the top of one is near the bottom of the next one.
I don’t know why I find this bit of geological info so fascinating, but we learned about it last year from one of the rangers we chatted with while doing junior rangers. He told the kids to tell the ranger at the next park what we knew about the layers to see what they said. It made for good conversations about each of the parks we visited.
While we hadn’t planned on visiting Cedar Breaks, I thought it was neat that we had made it to the highest point to complete the Grand Staircase.