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“Better for swimming than hiking”

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Better for swimming than hiking”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

Slide Rock is a fun place to spend an afternoon, but don't expect an extended hike. The hiking trails are limited - the main attraction here is the swimming area and the natural water slide created by the rocks in the stream. It's a very family friendly place - bathrooms and a snack bar. The water is a bit chilly but worth it to enjoy sliding down the rocks!

Visited August 2013
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“Refreshing and fun!”
Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

If you want an inexpensive natural slides water park this is the place to go. Despite the crowds of people that this place attracts, it was fun and it wasn't difficult to find a spot to settle all our belongings down. The water was cold but as soon as you get in it's very refreshing. A word of advise though, this is no place to use flip flops or go barefoot. I would strongly recommend to bring water shoes since the rock can be slippery. We saw a few people slip and bump their head. Besides that, its a lot of fun especially if you have children. A must do when you're in Sedona.

Visited August 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great, fun day”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

A great fun day for all the family. A natural waterpark found in and amongst the red rock.
Just be careful of the slippery rocks when stood up!!

Visited August 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Nature's waterpark”
Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

A lovely spot of the river in amongst the red rock and the pines. A beautiful area for playing in the gentle rapids and for sunbathing. Well worth a visit, even if just to look.

Visited August 2013
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“Worth it, just try to go when less crowded”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

As fun as they say it is, we went when less crowded. I hear on crowded days it can ruin the fun. My 8 and 10 had a great time without water shoes (it's safe if you just walk carefully or go on all fours in really slippery spots). For boys were swim shirt, for girls, wear SHORTS and shirt perhaps or you may get some scrapes.

Visited August 2013
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