Slide Rock State Park

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6871 N. Highway 89A

Slide Rock State Park Reviews

chrissylee82 chrissyl…
1 reviews
Great Outdoor Fun Aug 15, 2009
This is a great place to spend the day. Bring a cooler with lunch and beverages and picnic at the river. The natural water slide is so much fun, but don't leave there without cliff jumping! The water is so refreshing. The park was full of friendly people which always makes a great place even better. It is crowded, but don't let that detour you. It's a great place to visit.
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Quest Quest
59 reviews
Water fun and amazing scenery Nov 05, 2008
Adrian and I stopped here on our way to Kayenta and Monument Valley. It was kinda cold as it of course was early November and it was late in the afternoon. They were actually almost closing time as we got there. But we had some time to look around and have some fun.

I have no problem imagining how this place must be packed with people during summer when it's hot weather and you can swim, splash around and of course slide in the river.

Some info about the park; Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historical apple farm located in Oak Creek Canyon. Frank L. Pendley, having arrived in the canyon in 1907, formally acquired the land under the Homestead Act in 1910. Due to his pioneering innovation, he succeeded where others failed by establishing a unique irrigation system still in use by the park today. This allowed Pendley to plant his first apple orchard in 1912, beginning the pattern of agricultural development that has dominated the site since that time. Pendley also grew garden produce and kept some livestock.

As one of the few homesteads left intact in the canyon today, Slide Rock State Park is a fine example of early agricultural development in Central Arizona. The site was also instrumental to the development of the tourism industry in Oak Creek Canyon.

The park is named after the famous Slide Rock, a stretch of slippery creek bottom adjacent to the homestead. Visitors may slide down a slick natural water chute or wade and sun along the creek. The swim area is located on National Forest land which is jointly managed by Arizona State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service. Together these areas have seen the making of many Hollywood movies such as "Broken Arrow" (1950) with James Stewart, "Drum Beat" (1954) with Alan Ladd and Charles Bronson, "Gun Fury" (1953) with Rock Hudson and Donna Reed, and a scene from "Angel and the Badman" (1946) with John Wayne.


Location: About 5 miles north of Sedona, Arizona in Oak Creek Canyon

Hours: Summer: 8 am - 7 pm

Winter: 8 am - 5 pm

Season: Open year round

Price: $4 - $11

Elevation: 4,930 feet

Address: 6871 N. Highway 89A

Sedona, AZ 86336

Phone: 928-282-3034

Directions; To get there from Phoenix, take I-17 north to Hwy 179 and head west through Sedona to Hwy 89A north. The park is 7 miles north of Sedona along Hwy 89A. From Flagstaff:, take Hwy 89A 20 miles south to the park.
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sincitytraveler says:
Wooo hooo! congrats on your feature Liz!! I love this place...and have the scars to prove it! LOL
Posted on: Jan 08, 2009
SheLuvz2Fly says:
Congrats on being Featured!!
Posted on: Jan 08, 2009
sylviandavid says:
Hooray! You are featured! good Job! Sylvia
Posted on: Jan 08, 2009
aurora1124 aurora11…
3 reviews
Pretty natural slides in Central Arizona Mar 05, 2008
Last year we hiked the Grand Canyon, and made our way to Phoenix, AZ. On the way, we stopped by Slide Rock for a splash. It's natural slides carved by the water, and you just sit and let the water push you down the stream. It's pretty and chill and we had lunch nearby.
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