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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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"lots of fun"
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Reviewed today

Gotta get there 1st thing in the morning. We arrived about 8:15 and lucked out. We walked back quite a ways beyond the crowd and it was gorgeous. Couldn't believe more people didn't walk just a little further - we had the place to ourselves....More

Thank Jennifer C
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We parked the car on the side of 89A. Walked 250-300 meters and didnt pay a penny:) Nice place, but unfortunate it started to rain. Took some pictures and walked back to the car.

Thank Beachbomber
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What an amazing place! We drove in from Phoenix where we were staying (but are from Canada) and it was well worth the drive! I visited with my 13 and 11 yo and we loved every second of it. I read many reviews prior to...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Family of two adults and three kids: 11, 9 and 7. The park has an entrance fee of $20 (at least during the week when we went) and you could spend the whole day there. We went for about three hours which was enough for...More

Thank Arlene P
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I wasn’t sure what to expect, since I wasn’t the designated trip planner for our vacation. This is a definite must-do! It’s a little hike from the parking lot down to the water and a lot of steps (when carrying the baby), but totally doable...More

Thank JkKTravelers
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I can not review the actual experience since we were not able to experience it. We got there at 11:00 on a Friday and could not get in. The parking lot was full so you have to find a spot on the road to park...More

Thank pwaters44
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is extraordinary! I would come back again any day and even come an extra 2 hours in the wrong direction to visit. The rock is slick so I recommend water shoes but we survived without. It gets crowded but it really didn’t feel...More

Thank SerenaILovely
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came here with my family which includes an 8 and 9 year old. We loved it! While the water can be a little cold, it is very much worth it to come here and enjoy it! The kids rode down the rocks all day...More

1  Thank Marina V
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Reviewed 1 week ago

ARRIVE EARLY! Water shoes recommended. Bring chairs and pack coolers with drinks and lunch if you'll be there for the day. NO shade, so if you have a portable tent that isn't heavy, bring it. There are no lifeguards and it gets pretty crazy on...More

1  Thank CarrieA1998
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Kids and adults alike will enjoy Slide Rock. Well worth the 30$ admission per car. Plan to arrive early to stake out a good spot. Pack a lunch/cooler. Bring towels, chairs and plenty of sunscreen. Water is icy cold but refreshing. Loved it. Can’t wait...More

1  Thank Tonya H
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Jennifer D
13 July 2018|
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Response from Arlene P | Reviewed this property |
I had a regular two piece bathing suit and no issues. Slipping and falling is definitely more of a concern. Water shoes will help.
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Bill C
23 June 2018|
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Response from Disneynut23013 | Reviewed this property |
I know in the past if the water becomes unsafe to swim in the government shuts it down and no one can enter into the state park. So I guess ask the park rangers about the last time they tested the water and what the results... More
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TucsonBorn
25 May 2018|
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Response from Rebelscumchic | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Just arrive early as the parking lot gets filled quickly and you could waste time on that if you don’t go early.
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