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Slide Rock State Park

6871 N. Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
+1 928-282-3034
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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. 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 completion of the canyon road in 1914 and the paving of the roadway in 1938 were strong influences in encouraging recreational use of the canyon. Hence, Pendley followed suit and in 1933, built rustic cabins to cater to vacationers and sightseers. Todays visitors can still enjoy the fruits of Pendley's labor. Historic cabins are available for viewing, and the creek offers the park's namesake slide for adventures seekers and those looking for a place to cool off.
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6871 N. Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
+1 928-282-3034
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fun natural water slide - got bumped around a bit. Warning slimy slippery rocks at places. Good thing I read about closings at times for E. coli counts in a guide book after the visit or I might not have enjoyed as well...

Reviewed 2 days ago

We have been to a good number of slide rock type of places. None had expensive parking like this one (even though they had water issues and had no drinkable water, unless you brought it with you) The slide is OK as far as these...More

Thank CharliefromTampa
Reviewed 3 days ago

When you enter this area don't be fooled. Walk to the furthest point on the creek that is where you will have the most fun.

1  Thank JEBrown67
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a lovely place to spend a few hours. It is $20/vehicle---for 5 of us, worth $4 a person just to enjoy the lovely Oak Creek Canyon area. The e-coli levels were high, rangers recommended avoiding getting water in your eyes, ears, mouth, and...More

2  Thank andi-editor
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Good fun for the kids to play in the water and slide from the rocks. Be prepared: the water is cold and it is best if you wear water shoes.

Thank rtestroote
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It was so fun we went twice! Our kids begged to go again. Wearing water shoes a good idea. Spandex over bathing suit might keep from getting "rock burn" if your kids are like mine and want to do it again and again....

1  Thank Reivitt
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I was hesitant to take my family to slide rock after reading some reviews. I should have trusted my gut. My wife, daughter, and I arrived by 9am to beat the crowds. We were told when we paid our $30 entrance fee that the river...More

2  Thank hobo6
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a beautiful place to stop for the day! We rode on a "natural" waterslide, surrounded by beautiful scenery! Be sure to wear watershoes, as the rocks are slippery. A great way to cool down in the Arizona heat!

Thank edreef
Reviewed 1 week ago

Did a U turn at the entrance. $30 a car just to go in for a peak and some photos is too much. Been there before. If you want to spend the day there it may be worth it. For photos only, find a place...More

1  Thank jacklmc
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well come on my adventurous has been, drove to this area so that we could stop at a picture act site and eat our packed lunch. When we got there we realized that the amount of people walking down the rock was immense and that...More

Thank JanetQd
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Debra H
June 27, 2017|
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Response from rai473 | Reviewed this property |
no but you have to pay to park. It seems like they change the parking fees regularly.
June 27, 2017|
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Response from Bill L | Reviewed this property |
Seemed pretty safe to me. Would lock my valuables in the glove box however.
Isaiah S
June 22, 2017|
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Response from safredtosa | Reviewed this property |
Our iphone overheating warning posted. Keep it in the shade.