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Slide Rock State Park
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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 January 9, 2013

did not go in but it looked great! kids and the kid in the adult would have a blast. the drive past here is great! Got some great shots!

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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Slide Rock

One of the highlights on a very epic, 12-day road trip. That’s saying a lot: we visited the Grand Canyon, and tons of other smaller state and national parks.
What’s so great about Slide Rock is the sheer surprise of it. We just happen to pass a sign and decide to check it out. We had no idea what to expect. It’s basically a natural water slide – it curves and swoops, and shoots you around corners with depths ranging from a few inches to 10′+. Slide Rock can probably boast 10 broken ankles and twice as many broken toes in a day, so watch out. Even though the surfaces are smoothed out by the water, this is still an unaltered natural occurence, so I suffered some jammed toes and upper thigh road rash. Still, completely worth it. The top is the most fun – you start out only a few inches deep, but you blast off just like a water slide. It takes you through about 25-30′ of curves and shoots you out into a deep pool. So deep, the kids were doing cliff jumps into it from about 10′ above. I imagine it’s 10-15′ deep towards the middle. After this deep middle part, there’s kind of a ‘kiddie’ section where the little guys were hanging out. Much more shallow and calmer, I can see why parents wouldn’t want their little guys on the top half. The place was PACKED. This was mid-afternoon on a Sunday, and there were easily over 100 people enjoying the cold water.
-Wear a tee shirt
-Be careful! Even the rocks out of the slide are super slippery and there aren’t great paths.
-Watch your step! At the top of the slide, the rocks are incredibly slimy and mossy, and nearly everyone tumbled in the shallow pool. Not fun, but worth it for the impending fun.

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Really crowded and a bit pricey to get in the park. Their we a lot of people but it was refreshing to cool off in the summer .

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Reviewed December 30, 2012

I'm not sure why another reviewer said that there was no slide -- my boyfriend and I had a BLAST sliding down the rocks all day! There are lots of pools to just wade in and relax, but there are definitely several obvious slides that vary in length and speed, as evidenced by kids and adults alike waiting their turn (it was a busy day when we went). It was such a thrill. We were almost a little scared to go down some of the slides for fear of slipping or bumping into something - but nobody got hurt and we had so much fun. Felt like kids again. A tip though - don't wear a nice bathing suit that you wouldn't want to get torn up. Wear something you don't mind getting a little dirty or possibly worn down. I didn't have a swimsuit that day so I just wore thin shorts, and all the friction with the rocks tore holes in them - but I didn't care because it was definitely worth the experience. We had an unforgettable day at Slide Rock. Would definitely like to go back sometime in my life!

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Reviewed December 24, 2012

Disappointed. There was no real rock to slide down. Just a bunch of pools. Plus they didn't accept our pass and we had to pay to get in.

Thank Sharon S
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