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Slide Rock State Park

6871 N. Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
+1 928-282-3034
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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.
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6871 N. Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
+1 928-282-3034
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Drove up the canyon to Slide Rock and was surprised by the history and views it contained. Walked along the path to Oak Creek and watched as brave young people played in the water, as it was rather chilly during our visit. The walking path...More

Thank Steve J
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My husband and I spent several hours hiking at Slide Rock State Park. It has nice, scenic trails and wonderful views of the red rock. There are stairs down to the river, but hiking once you get down there is slightly strenuous. If you are...More

Thank Janet C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Traveling thru Oak Creek Canyon from Flagstaff to Sedona, we stopped to photograph and walk thru the Slide Rock State Park . It had wonderful scenic views and nice trails to walk and photograph the lovely rock country. I highly recommend at least a short...More

Thank PaulAK2011
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

I visited this park in November. The weather is awesome to take a hike in the area however, swimming is not possible at this time due to colder weather and water. It is still an awesome place to visit. Very picturesque.

Thank 24K60763
Reviewed 5 November 2017

I'm pretty brave going in the water at the Jersey shore every summer, but this was just too cold for me. Then when I saw two people fall, I knew it wasn't for me. Water shoes definitely needed. Rocks are slippery. That is why some...More

Thank anidaugh1
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

It was too cold to get in the water so we just walked around. The good part of that is it wasn't crowded. I'm sure in the warm weather it gets pretty crowded. A really beautiful place.

Thank Monique J
Reviewed 4 November 2017

The $10 fee to enter is well worth it. Walking through the historic farm on the way to the famous creek with water sliding over rocks was beautiful. Even though the weather was cooler in October, people were still jumping in and sliding down the...More

Thank Greg P
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

This place was amazing , its clean beautiful views , does have a convince store (expensive). Take a change of clothes and towel experience the rocks you can slide on..

Thank Danielle B
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

The park was really cool. I got there when it opened so it was not crowded. You can see the old farm machines from the apple orchard and some of the original buildings. The walk to the creek is rocky but worth it

Thank Paula C
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

It is an awesome place to beat the heat. I love water parks and I love nature and the great outdoors. It is worth the 2 hour drive from Phoenix, 45 minutes from flagstaff. 4 hours from Tucson/Las Vegas, 7 hours from Southern California. 6...More

Thank adionysian
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24 September 2017|
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Response from apastworthtelling | Reviewed this property |
With adult supervision, it should be ok. We did not travel with young children.
Debra H
27 June 2017|
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Response from rai473 | Reviewed this property |
no but you have to pay to park. It seems like they change the parking fees regularly.
27 June 2017|
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Response from Bill L | Reviewed this property |
Seemed pretty safe to me. Would lock my valuables in the glove box however.