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Slide Rock resides within the park in which it’s named after, Sedona Arizona’s Slide Rock State Park. With stunning surroundings and simple accessibility via a nearby parking lot, it has been touted as one of the best swimming holes in the U.S. Summer here we come!
Before becoming Slide Rock Park, it was the Pendley Homestead, which has been beautifully preserved—a historic rarity for the area, as many structures like this no loner exist. Frank L. Pendley successfully installed an irrigation system which enabled the family to establish an apple farm—during the fall, visitors can still get delicious apples from the orchard.
Oak Creek Canyon, perfectly wedged between Flagstaff and Sedona, houses the park, which is characterized by trademark orange Arizona rock formations and contrasting green vegetation. In fact, the gorge is so breathtaking, it’s been referred to as a mini Grand Canyon.
Slide Rock is blanketed with slippery algae, creating a speedy ride down the nature-made luge tucked into the center of Oak Creek. Ultimately, the slide splashes into a shallow pool. On certain holidays, visitors set up canopy’s and enjoy the entire day at the water feature—in the summer the area is usually hopping.
Know Before You Go
Keep in mind:
Creek rocks are very slicks, so use caution when walking across. Consider water shoes to add grip and put protect your feet.
The park charges admission per car, each additional person over the allowed number of four will pay an extra fee.
The creek water can be frigid, so wearing a surf shirt or other body covering water gear is a good idea.
Glass bottles are not allowed.
In the summer, the parking lot fills up crazy fast—get there early
Address: 6871 N. Hwy 89A Sedona, AZ. 86336