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“Awesome time!!”

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
Bethpage, New York
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Awesome time!!”
Reviewed November 7, 2013

A little climbing but worth it!! We slid down the cold water and up top had the most delicious apples ever from the orchard store. So much fun!!! Very spiritual place, surreal!

Visited September 2013
Thank Carol N
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64 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Beautiful Picnic Stop”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

Our travel friends suggested a lunch stop and easy hike in this very scenic park. Parking is ample - even for RVs - and the picnic grounds are gorgeous, communal tables and benches under canopy or in the open park area. After our lunch we hiked along the creek. If you did not bring your picnic, you can purchase food at the park store. Our guys enjoyed the ice cream.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank marionrr
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Decatur, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2013

If you have to choose between State Parks in the Sedona area don't miss this one. It is a short drive north of Sedona and is an easy hike to the really pretty area. You can get in the water if you want but it is possible to visit without getting wet!!

Visited September 2013
1 Thank redbirdfever
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful walk along the river”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

Great to swim in during the summer. Too cold for a dip in October, however we enjoyed walking on the long flat rock outcroppings on the south side of the river.

Visited October 2013
Thank Jeff W
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“fun to watch water fun”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

It was fun to watch kids play on Slide Rock. However, just for a short visit at end of the day, I felt that the $10 fee was high. For family & all day fun... it would be a great price.

Visited October 2013
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