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“Awesome place, but not for everyone!”

Slide Rock State Park
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Ranked #23 of 124 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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We visited Slide Rock yesterday during a trip to Sedona. Yes, they do charge $20 per vehicle to enter, but that works out to be just $5 per person for a family of four. To me, that was reasonable but make sure you are prepared and know what to expect.

We arrived a little after four pm, it was not too crowded at the time, we passed a ton of people leaving as we were entering. There is a bit of a walk from the parking lot. Along the way you will pass restrooms and a gift store/snack bar. You must descend a lot of stairs to reach the canyon area, then to access the "slide" area you must walk a long stretch of rock that is slippery with lots of rocks that you must maneuver along the way.

We found that swim shoes with good traction were a big help. If you try to walk when in the water, expect to fall! If possible, it is best to scoot on your butt as the rocks are very slippery and you see people fall when trying to walk, it just can't be avoided. The water may be shallow in one spot, then deep just a few feet later. If you have children that are not strong swimmers, you should bring a life jacket. We did not have one with us for our five year old (he is a pretty good swimmer) but we wished that we had brought one. He would sit on my husband's lap when going down the "slide" but it is so slippery and in some spots even a little fast moving, I was constantly worried about him slipping away from my husband's grip. A life jacket would have allowed us to relax a little and let him enjoy himself more. Oh, and the water is FREEZING!!! My son was having so much fun but I had to make him get out because his hands were blue and he was shivering so hard!!!

Don't bring anything valuable unless someone is planning on sitting with your stuff the whole time. We had a lot of fun but this is definitely not for those with mobility issues or young children. If you can deal with freezing water and don't mind the crowds this is a really fun way to spend an afternoon. My recommendation would be to visit on the most hot sunny afternoon because the water is so cold!

4  Thank Suzy M
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We stopped on our trip from the Grand Canyon to Sedona. This was a great break to the drive. The scenery is absolutely beautiful and worth the stop alone. But, the kids loved the natural water slide and cannonballing in from the rocks. Looks incredibly dangerous, but we never saw any injuries. Park admission is pretty high, but probably worth it at the end of the day.

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

We spent the better part of a day here enjoying the water. It was a bit cloudy the day that we were here but it was still super fun. The water is a bit cold but I imagine on a typical 90+ degree day, it wouldn't faze most people.

Be sure to pack a picnic lunch with your own provisions(beer/wine/sodas/water) as there is a store there when you're getting into the park but it was very limited and a bit spendy.

Wear river sandals or good-soled water shoes.


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Reviewed July 18, 2013

The kids LOVE slide rock. You will need water shoes and make sure to use the bathroom BEFORE you walk out because the facility by the water even my kids wouldn't use. Its $20 to enter per car so go early to get your moneys worth but the kids had a ball!!

Thank Brenda K
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

My fiance and I pulled off at Slide Rock by accident. We were looking for some place to hike in Sedona. It was like nothing we'd ever seen. It was beautiful and refreshing on the warm day. Yeah, people will have their complaints, because it is slippery. However, if you're careful then you'll enjoy yourself. Have an open mind and realize you won't see something like this in many other places. It was a gorgeous visit and a wonderful last day in the western part of the U.S.

Thank Kattypomp
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