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“Fun, but be careful!”

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
Kansas City
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Fun, but be careful!”
Reviewed August 7, 2009

We had a very fun and pleasant time here. Admission was $10 per vehicle; good price for the entertainment value. Arrive early (9:30/10:00) to get the best out-of-water seats. The water is FREEZING cold even in August, but that's part of what makes it so entertaining. Be very careful when walking in the water...it is very slippery and many people tumbled; two took some nasty falls with hurt wrists. I also advise taking water shoes.

Little kids seemed to do better in inner tubes, but they interfered with others' entertainment because they were faster than bodies alone.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 280 helpful votes
“Natural fun!”
Reviewed August 7, 2009

Where else can you get a day of family entertainment for $10? We went on a weekday in the afternoon and were able to get a parking space and the slides weren't too crowded.

Be prepared to walk over slippery rocks (i.e. wear swim shoes). We saw two people almost break their backs falling over.

This place is beautiful.

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Summerville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Slide Rock State Park in Arizona”
Reviewed August 4, 2009

Spent a week out in AZ seeing all the sites. Spent an afternoon at the Slide Rock State Park. Had a blast! Felt like I was a kid again. Only complaint was the bathrooms (at least the women's room) were horrible. Would not have used it if I hadn't needed to change clothes. If your destination is the park, I recommend you go dressed for the park, so you don't have to go in there.
If you're a female going to the park, I HIGHLY recommend you wear BOARD shorts for your bathing suit bottoms. I had a so much fun going down, but suffered some road rash on my hips and bum from the pebbles at the bottom. The board shorts could have solved this problem.

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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Come prepared”
Reviewed August 1, 2009

We went to just "check out" Slide Rock and realized that we should of come prepared. Next time we are well aware of the do's and dont's. For one make sure to go early. Park opens at 9am. Line starts about 8am. There is limited parking and if it fills up, people have to wait in line in their cars for someone to leave before they can get into the parking lot. It can be an hours long wait according to park employees. it was very hot once down in the park. Bring lots of Water and hydration esp for kids and elderly. It's a long walk back to the car to get your drinks if you leave them in your vehicle. I saw lots of people packing down coolers of food and drinks. Good Idea! It's very rocky to get to some of the good spots. Lots of climbing over rocks and boulders or through some tough spots to get where you want to be. If your kids are not good swimmers bring a Life Jacket, they do not supply one there and it's better to be safe than sorry as there are some very deep spots of water. Two more things-BE VERY CAREFUL IN THE WATER! IT IS EXTREMELY SLIPPERY. We watched some big guy get the wind knocked out of him when he slipped and landed smack on his back and got soaked. Second, the bathrooms are the composting kind. A big hole in the ground with a toilet lid! While I understand them, I was scared to let my smaller kids sit on those big holes thinking they would fall right on in. There are also porta-potties available.

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Lebanon, New Jersey
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127 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Slippery, but fun.”
Reviewed July 23, 2009

The whole family will get a blast out of sliding down the rocks. You can also jump from a cliff into a pool of water. Definitely wear water shoes and walk carefully because the rocks are extremely slippery. Guys might want to bring a spare bathing suit. We saw more than one butt cheek hanging out of a ripped suit.

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