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Sedona - Slide Rock State Park

6871 N. Highway 89A

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.

The park is named after the famous Slide Rock, a stretch of slippery creek bottom adjacent to the homestead. Visitors may slide down a slick natural water chute or wade and sun along the creek. The swim area is located on National Forest land which is jointly managed by Arizona State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service. Together these areas have seen the making of many Hollywood movies such as "Broken Arrow" (1950) with James Stewart, "Drum Beat" (1954) with Alan Ladd and Charles Bronson, "Gun Fury" (1953) with Rock Hudson and Donna Reed, and a scene from "Angel and the Badman" (1946) with John Wayne.

On July 10, 1985, Arizona State Parks purchased the park property from the Arizona Parklands Foundation. The park was dedicated in October 1987, and accepted onto the National Register of Historic Places on December 23, 1991.


Angela Angeli

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018
So cool and uniquely beautiful. It's hard to describe really. You have to see it for yourself... Tons of kids and families on the weekends in the Summer, but that didn't ruin it for me. The scenery is amazing, water is very cold... Some rock wall scaling/hiking and wading/swimming to secluded spots, if you are so inclined. The "slide" itself was heavily in use by both children and adults and too many tourists snapping pictures for me to try it, but there's a lot of little mini slides and whooshes here and there if you look. Water shoes are highly recommend. The rock can be VERY slippery. That's the whole point. Place like this won't be around forever... So get it while the getting is good.

James Sanscrainte

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Beautiful place! Great way to spend an afternoon for kids or adults. Bring a lunch and don't forget to clean up after yourself...this place is pristine. There is also actually cool general store where you can get ice cream cones and other stuff.

BL Gold

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Coolest place I think we've ever been as a family! Camp nearby, enjoy the scenery. The water is refreshing, the slide is great! Look around, climb back through the rocks a ways and find yourself a secluded little mermaid pond and relax. Great fun for everyone!

Phia Velasquez

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
The view was amazing. ... The water was super cold. ... but the experience was worth it. ... It's definitely a adventure and Great summer experience. ... This place is very jampack since it's a tourist spot. ... Be sure to wear water shoes .'s very slippery. I saw a lots of people falling down. ... It's has a entrance fee. ... There is also public bathroom. ... As well as a big store for water shoes,drinks, snacks and etc. ... My son and nephews had a wonderful time sliding and climbing. ... it was a thrilling to do it. ... there also a diving spot. ... We had such fun. We stayed there for half day. ... Lots of people brought picnic food,blankets and etc. ... it's worth staying for a day if you have time. ... Will definitely go here again. ...

Todd Mowen

Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018
Beautiful and Serene. It's amazing to see how the water cut away at the Rock to make this cool slide that you can play in. They give you a great size area to play in the creek and there is a bathroom very close which is nice. They have short trails that you can hike if you want to do a scenic hike but nothing long. if you're looking for how long hike I would check out the local hikes like the West Fork Trail which is one of my favorites. It was nice to see a little Marketplace in the park where you can get snacks while you're there.

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