“the place to be in an Arizona summer”
Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historic 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.
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.
Been here enough times to know that it's pretty freaking rad. If you go follow the river down a ways from the main point, there's a cool spot people use to cliff dive. The water is super deep and the ledge is pretty high up(it's right under a man-made bridge) so be careful. The water is always cold so be prepared for that as well.
This place is awesome! It will cost you 20$ to park and its a quick drive out of Sedona. I parked on the side of the highway and walked into the park to save some money. I went on a Thursday and there were lots of people there but exploring the area was a lot of fun. I'd recommend wearing jean shorts over your bathing suits. Locals told me horror stories of bathing suits ripping off and people left being a naked butt. Over all awesome area... was apple homestead about 100 years ago!
Great spot to enjoy nature's beauty and have fun on the slides. Advice....WATER SHOES! I made my kids wear them, no major injuries. I however did not and let's just say its been 4 days and I still can't sit down comfortably. Made for a sad 5 hour drive on our next leg if the trip. But well worth the $20 per car fee.
pretty cool place, very pretty but very busy with people. If you continue up the river for about half a mile its much quieter and there are some cool swimming holes and rock jumps
Very fun place! It gets fairly crowded around 11 am so its better to get there early. Lovely hiking trails along the creek and several places along the creek to swim besides the main area. Cliff diving as well, about as high as 30ft or shorter jumps too. Parking costs.
Call ahead to make sure it's open when you plan on visiting & try to plan a visit around a festival at the park to have even more fun.
Closes after July, that was a major bummer but it was still pretty.
What a beautiful place! You can literally spend the whole day here and still not explore everything.
Such an awesome place! It is very busy a lot of people are there enjoying the fun. The rocks are very slippery and we saw a few people fall some fell hard. A little bit of trash I wish people were more respectful to our state parks but to be expected. Wear some heavy duty shorts people were ripping their bottoms on the rocks from over sliding. ( the rocks are not sharp) but an over all a fantastic experience. The kids had some much fun !!
Awesome stop! It was really busy so we didn't stay long but the water slide is really cool
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Slide Rock State Park
- Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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