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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
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The drive down to the valley floor from flagstaff through to coconino forest is amazing. You arrive at slide rock and the location and facilities are great but the fun to be had is better. Yes the water is cold but if you stay active...More

Thank T G
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is by far the best natural attraction. The creek comes through and has made a natural water slide. Be careful as the rocks are slick. One step and down I went into the cold creek water!

Thank share_the_road_10
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited Slide Rock State park on our last visit to AZ and just recently stopped to see it in May, however there is now a $20-$30 entrance fee. When we found that out, we turned around since we had been there before. Not sure...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

There are a few buildings on this homestead site and at least one trail. However, we came to enjoy the natural water slide of the gorge. The slide portion was longer than I envisioned from photos. Also, it was less tame than I envisioned. In...More

Thank Sue4474
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We saw this park and slide Rock on our drive on Oak Creek Canyon. The day was not warm enough to swim but we stopped to check it out and see what it was all about.

Thank lollygal
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We brought our group here after a hot day of hiking and it was great! Weekday visit so we were able to get in, make lunch at the picnic tables, and experience the water slide. It is as safe as any outdoor place is safe,...More

Thank Leslie C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful natural location, you can see everything in as little as an hour, OR, take a picnic for the day. Things to know. It gets crowded, arrive early in tourist season (much of the year for Sedona now) currently opens at 8AM. It gets hot,...More

Thank David B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This park with the rushing water and red rocks is a must see. You can do a bit of hiking while exploring the river. Very photogenic spot

1  Thank Debsal2
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We tried to visit on a weekend day and were not able to get in. There was a line of cars waiting to enter if someone left.Pretty disappointed.

Thank ladyme1
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited here and quickly learned that water shoes would have been great to have. We wore flip flops down to the water, and then walked barefoot. LOTS of small rocks to walk on, but it wasn't terrible. Water is COLD...but we were there in...More

4  Thank paulnF2168LE
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Ruthie M
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Response from David B | Reviewed this property |
There is quite a large parking area there, just arrive fairly early.
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Response from travelwriter52 | Reviewed this property |
America the Beautiful pass I assume is the Federal Interagency Pass which is only good at National parks, recreation, forest, blm areas.
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