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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.


Rodger A. Curbelo

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
It's better than locals make it sound! No Regrets. I had an absolute blast! It's family friendly, very safe for kids, a very inviting and exciting environment! There's a natural slide people ride down, nothing intimidating, and yet still very fun. There are also cliffs 50ft+ you can jump off of if you get the itch for some thrill! 😄🔥 It's $3 for admission, $10 per car. Park on the side down the road if you want to avoid paying the extra $10 You will not regret going, I can't convince you enough. I wish I knew it was this fun, I would of invited my whole family to come!

Serena Herrera

Sunday, July 8, 2018
WOW WOW WOW WOW!!! Honestly I was not expecting what I got at all. I expected a little not very good or powerful “water slide” if one at all. But WOW the slide is great, it’s fast, it’s powerful, and most important it’s SO FUN!! Pictures don’t give it any justice. It gets crowded but I don’t think it effects anything. I do recommend water shoes we kept slipping because the rock is slick and also some parts have moss. We managed without but still may be helpful. This is by far the most magnificent state park I’ve ever seen, I would 100% go back again it was an amazing time. Also their is a ledge for jumping but you can also just jump off the ledge touching the water in certain parts because the water is deep.

Claudia Colantonio

Monday, July 30, 2018
This is definitely a very nice place for children. The price was $30 which includes parking. If you decide to go during the weekend, make sure you go early because the parking lot becomes full very quickly and you won't even be able to find parking along the road, no matter where you drive to. Even if you drive further up or down, you still won't be able to find parking unless you're very lucky. Traffic is also terrible is this area and you will definitely spend quite a few minutes just sitting in the car. We arrived here around 3 pm yesterday and we were able to find the last parking spot available inside their parking lot after waiting in line for about 10 minutes. However, we weren't really able to swim or anything. There were too many people and a thunderstorm was starting so everybody started running towards the exit. The place is beautiful though, they have bathrooms and nice picnic areas.

Fabiola Richards

Monday, May 21, 2018
Loved it!!! This lighting is not as bumpy as I thought. It wasn't too tough on the rump. If one is going to be there for a while, I would really suggest you bring chairs or a yoga mat since there is nothing soft on which to rest. Don't forget your towels, sunscreen, and clothing to change into. The bathrooms are super clean and roomy, making it easy to change into dry clothes. Picnic tables are available, so we brought our own sandwiches and snacks. People of all ages were there and really seem to be enjoying it.

Mayaro Media Group

Sunday, July 29, 2018
Incredible must visit location for family fun. Great way to stay cool on hot days and the slippery rocks are amazing. Some of the rocks are as smooth as glass. Great splashes and one of the best natural water slides. Great halfway point if you're going to Grand Canyon!

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