Frontierland is definitely one of the most scenic spots in the park. From the caves on Tom Sawyer Island to the cabins in Big Thunder Ranch, there are all kinds of cool places to explore. But many guests unknowingly breeze right past this hidden gem: the Petrified Tree.
The plaque reads: FROM THE PIKE PETRIFIED FOREST, COLORADO: This section weighs five tons and measures 7.5 feet in diameter. The original tree, estimated to have been 200 feet tall, was part of a sub-tropical forest 55 to 70 million years ago in what is now Colorado. Scientists believe it to be part of the Redwood of Sequoia species. During some prehistoric era a cataclysmic upheaval caused silica laden water to overspread the living forest. Wood cells were changed during the course of time to sandstone. Opals were formed within the tree trunk itself. (Presented to Disneyland by Mrs. Walt Disney, September 1957)
Next time you’re in Frontierland, take a walk along the waterfront. You’ll find the Petrified Tree just before the Pirates of the Caribbean, right by the Rivers of America. The Petrified Tree is Disneyland’s own piece of prehistoric treasure, and its location is an excellent spot for family photos.