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Slide Rock State Park
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Slide Rock State Park
Description - The park is nestled in lush Oak Creek Canyon and takes its name from a 30 foot long water slide worn in the rocks of the creek bed. Fishing, swimming, hiking, and picnicking, take on new dimensions among the canyon's red rock walls and pine forests.

Attractions - Slide Rock State Park is nestled in lush Oak Creek Canyon and takes its name from a 30 foot long water slide worn in the rocks of the creekbed. The 65 degree water provides a cool respite from even the hottest summer day, but be prepared with water shoes and a pair of sturdy shorts for sliding down this slippery rock.

The park sits the old Pendley homestead where an irrigation system completed in 1912 for his growing apple orchard is still in use today. There are 13 varieties of apples grown on the site. The harvesting of the apples takes place in September and October. Apple blossom time arrives in mid-April.

In addition to the natural water slide, park facilities include a volleyball court, market, picnic tables, grills, trails and restrooms.

Recreation - Recreational opportunities offered at Slide Rock include, sliding on the natural water slide, swimming, hiking, picnicking, fishing, and viewing scenery.

Climate - Slide Rock has a high elevation of 4,930 feet and does not experience the harsh desert climate of low elevation sites. However, during the summer months visitors can still expect hot temperatures with afternoon thunderstorms possible especially in July and August. Daytime high temperatures can exceed 100 degrees. Winter brings moderate temperatures, with cool days and cool to cold nights. Fall and spring are transitional periods and can also be nice times to visit these desert regions. Be prepared for cool temperatures at higher elevations and dress in layers for your travels in this state of varying climates.

Location - Slide Rock State Park is located in central Arizona. The park is seven miles north of Sedona off State Highway 89A.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Jill Malkowski (Westminister , CO)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: If your looking to get out of the heat and head north for cooler weather then this is the place to go. However if your looking for quiet family time you may want to look at other parks. Very busy, limited parking and little to no room for swimming.

Filed By: erin
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: when i went to slide rock i didnt have a bathing suit so i swam in my clothes and shoes. suggesttion (not sure how to spell it) wear swim shoes or just swim in tennies. its really slippery. i fell on my butt quite a few times. but its so tight! i was really amazed by the apple trees there were so many! its also gorgeious i personally liked trying to catch the fish i saw a fish the size of my arm! it was so cool higly reccomended to go!!!

Filed By: Kathy Hagman (Mesa , AZ)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I took route 179 all the way from the cities. It was a very beautiful and scenic drive. The Northern region of Arizona provides cooler temperatures, cute little shops for brousing and relaxation. I took my 13 year old daughter and her friend, they thought how fun will it be to slide down some rocks. From the minute we got there i heard nothing but giggles and laughter coming from the both of them. We all enjoyed ourselves tremendously.

Filed By: carol (palatine, il)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: slide rock is absoulutely amazing. It is beautiful fun refreshing. You can stay a little while you can stay a long while. You can do as much as little as you like. All ages just get to a rock area that is safe for all. water cold!!!! you can slip and slide swim and we brought a sandwich and just watched others young and old. even saw same place in our Illinois social studies book. a land mark and well worth it. going back in summer with rest of fam!!

More Information

Contact Information:
Slide Rock State Park, P.O. Box 10358 , Sedona, AZ, 86339, Phone: 520-282-3034, Fax: 520-282-0245

Additional Information:
Arizona State Parks - Arizona's State Parks feature lakes, reservoirs, caves, mountains, unique geologic formations and significant historic sites. From pine forests to spectacular deserts, the State Parks offer something for just about everyone.
Grand Canyon Country - Grand Canyon Country encompasses northwestern Arizona. It features Grand Canyon National Park, Kaibab National Forest, and Slide Rock State Park. Flagstaff is the largest city in the region.
Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Road - This route follows the Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon to the Mogollon Rim.

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