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“Was worried, but SOOO much fun”

Slide Rock State Park
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Ranked #18 of 159 things to do in Sedona
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed July 16, 2011

Had been avoiding this as we heard it was a bit dangerous and over crowded. So glad we went any way. Some kind of water shoe is a MUST, everyone in bare feet kept falling. We had a 7 and 9yr old with us and they couldn't get enough of the water shoot. Got there for an early picnic lunch, nice tables by the parking area. You can also backpack a lunch in and claim a spot by the creek. Water was very cold, but you got used to it. Kids loved it! Some FOOL adults were diving head first off the cliff jump area (which I thought set a bad example for the kids around). Otherwise a really fun couple of hours.

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Reviewed July 15, 2011

The pictures of Slide Rock make it seem like it's a pretty steep slide but in reality, it isn't. But we lucked out and went early, which was recommended, so it wasn't too crowded. The water was clean and warm enough to swim (even for me!). The slide is broken up in sections and in between you have to push yourself along. But it was a beautiful day and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Take your own food and water and don't forget the sunscreen. When we left around 10:30, there was a line to get into the park so definitely go early!

5  Thank scollins2003
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Reviewed July 10, 2011

A "don't miss" for a trip to Sedona. The water was cold, clear and amazing. Sliding down the natural formed slide was fun for the adults and kids. Wear or bring shoes to hike upstream to see the old irrigation pipe system in the side of the canyon wall. The informational signs on the walk down to the river tell of the history of the site which is informative and interesting.

3  Thank abm66
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Reviewed July 9, 2011

Don't miss Slide Rock State Park - you won't see anything else like it. It's totally worth the half hour drive from Sedona (and on the way if you're going to Flagstaff). My kids loved loved loved the experience of natural water slides, and we all loved being near the cool water on a hot day. The crowds are a concern for sure - but once you're at the water, people disperse pretty well so its not stifling.

5  Thank prasadl
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Reviewed July 8, 2011

After reading the reviews on Slide Rock we were pretty nervous on going; however, we decided to check it out for ourselves; and are VERY happy we did. What a great experience. The place is just naturally beautiful. Yes, we heeded the advice of others and wore water shoes (definitely need). To those that complained about how dangerous it is; it is not an amusement park or water park, it is God's handy work and yes the rocks naturally are slippery it is a real stream. Keeping that in mind, we had all agreed from ages 7 to 43, it was a GREAT day of family fun!

4  Thank warrenfamily
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