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“Amazing! A must see”

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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Bozeman, Montana
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Amazing! A must see”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

We stopped by Sedona on our way back to Phoenix from the Grand Canyon, and decided to stop in to Slide Rock State Park. The fee was reasonable for a carload, and the river is just a short walk from the parking lot. We were amazed at what we saw! The rocks are a red that you wouldn't think possible in nature, and the water was clear and refreshing. We travelled in mid May, so the temperature was only about 80, so the water felt a little cold. We waded around but did not get in the water, although there were other people in. They would position themselves in the middle of the stream and the water would gently push them down just like a waterslide. Anyone from small children to grandparents were enjoying it! The rocks are also wide and flat, the perfect place to lay out or sit on a blanket.
There are also bathrooms, a store, and a good picnic area up by the parking lot.

Visited May 2014
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Peabody, MA
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Slide Rock was a beautiful location and the water, although cold, was very refreshing! Take time to spend an afternoon and explore or lay on the side of the water and enjoy the sun. There are public bathrooms and a convenient store there.

Visited April 2014
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“Pretty and fun”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Our family visited in April 2014. We consisted of Mom (me) and Dad, 15 y.o son, daughter and son-in-law, and grandson 15 months old. We had a great afternoon. Water was cold, cold, cold! But everyone went in except me, who stayed with the baby and took the pictures (thank goodness I had an excuse to avoid that freezing water. I'm not that brave!) Sliding down the rocks brought lots of laughter, and the guys also jumped in from the high ledges few times. You can't stay in too long or you'll get hypothermia, but it must feel wonderfully refreshing in mid summer. The baby frolicked very happily around the shallow areas. There are also trails, a little shop, and displays of vintage cottages and farming stuff. All set within the beautiful red rocks.

Visited April 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“loved this place”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We randomly found Slide Rock while exploring outside Sedona and I'm so glad we did. It is very pretty, the water is nice and cool, and you feel like you're in a very special place. I would go back in a second!

Visited May 2014
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Long Beach
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“Beautiful easy nature walking.....”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Our group of two couples visiting Sedona spent a morning couple of hours hiking up the canyon. It was surprisingly easy walking getting to the creek from the parking lot, should not be a problem for anyone even with mobility issues. The area is amazingly beautiful with the red rocks around you, and the creek would be fun to get wet in warmer weather, we were there in early May and the water is freezing.....a few young people were jumping off the rocks into the fridged water, we were quite content to hike up the canyon and explore. This is a great half day thing to do while here.....it was too windy for a picnic, but that would be a great place to bring family/friends for one. There is also a nice little store there with almost anything one would need for your day there, including river shoes.

Visited May 2014
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