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“Just Amazing”

Slide Rock State Park
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Ranked #19 of 158 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
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“Just Amazing”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

Like no place in the US. A must see. If you like to hike and cool off in the freshest water Mother Earth has to offer, this place is for you. If in Sedona, you have to get here.

Visited September 2012
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Hudson, Wisconsin
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“Amazing spot for kiddos, bit not without risk!”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

This is likely to be my kids' favorite day of our trip to AZ, beating out even the Grand Canyon! Well worth the $20 per car fee. The parking lot was full by noon, even on a weekday, so plan to arrive early. The rock slides are a blast - eve my 67-year old mother took a turn - but the worry-wart in me couldn't help but imagine all of the potential for injury, even for those who didn't take a stab at cliff-jumping. If some in your party are planning to sit and watch, consider bringing chairs and shade umbrellas.

Visited July 2013
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Wormleysburg, Pennsylvania
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“BRRR!!! How Exhilarating!”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

Slide Rock State Park was awesome! Unique and natural water slide along slippery rocks! Friendly staff. Parking lot was full when we went (July 2013 @ Noon), but the staff talked with us while waiting to enter the parking lot and made suggestions where the best place to slide, fish, etc. 3-4 hours of swimming, jumping off of a high cliff into the freezing water and just laughing our entire way down the chutes! Wear a pair of old shorts over your bathing suit so you don't destroy the bottoms! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Visited July 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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“Nice cool down on hot day”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

After doing a hike of Devil's Bridge we decided to cool off at Slide Rock. $ 20 to get in, lot was full, except for one spot we nabed on a Tuesday afternoon at 3:45. About a ten minute walk to the creek and a further 10 minutes up the creek to the top of the slide. It is slippery, and it was busy so the ride down the slide was a little dangerous as people slide a little out of control. Not sure I would let my young children slide by themselves (less than 10 years), not a lot of danger of drowning, however easy to smack a head on the rocks as the slide is quite narrow in places, just be careful. Life jacket for younger ones would be a great idea. Not sure we would do it again, great experience though. Glad we did it.

Been there, done that, got the T shirt.

Visited July 2013
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St. Albert, Canada
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“Lots of fun for the Kids”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

We headed out early as the park closes the gate when the parking lot is full. We just got in. The dad's stayed in the car waiting for a spot while the family went on it. The park is very cool, the kids had a blast but go prepared. Swim shoes a must!! Even then watch your step. It's called Slide Rock for a reason.Wear an old bathing suit as it will get damaged. Adults went a couple of times but kids were happy to keep sliding for a couple of hours. Our kids were age 9-11 and really enjoyed it. I'd say not for the very young or seniors. One of our dads slipped and suffered a stiff neck for days.

Visited July 2013
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