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Slide Rock State Park Sedona

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Slide Rock State Park
6871 N. Highway 89A
Sedona
AZ
86336
Tel: (928) 282-3034

Directions

From Phoenix take I-17 north to Hwy 179 west through Sedona to Hwy 89A north. Park is 7 miles north of Sedona. From Flagstaff: Take Hwy 89A, 20 miles south.

Where are we going today?

Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historical 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.
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    This is Adriber I will always provide the best and honest reviews. MUST Visit!! Place... Beautiful red, orange mountains. Get wet in the cold natural water slide. You can't get any more natural park than here. Best place to picnic. My only suggestion visit this place on a non holiday to avoid long parking time. Disabled people can enjoy the upper part of the park but due to its natural state of the park they won't be able to walk down the trail towards the water slide or take the over 3 story water dive. Still this is a great place to visit and...Read More

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    DAMN YOU RACCOONS!!!!

    I didn't have a opinion really on raccoons (besides the fact they look like little bandits) until I came to Slide Rock.

    So we pay come in and I'm all ready to go into the water.

    Its called Slide Rock because its actually naturally forming rock water slides!

    I mean come on that's pretty bad ass.

    Then I had this conversation with a Ranger.

    Me "Why cant I go swimming?"

    R "Its because of the raccoons"

    Me "What?'

    R "The raccoons defecated into the water"

    Me "..................................."

    He went on to say...Read More

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    Very disappointing visit ! The state park does cater to those with handicaps! First of all, they don't give discounts to those with federal handicapped passes. Second they don't have any trails that make it easier to see the creek. All they have are a few parking spots. A lot of good those do if the paths aren't easy to navigate.

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    My children and I use to go through Oak Creek Canyon in the late 1980s and the 1990s traveling to and from Parker, AZ. The entire canyon area was a splendid example of God's generosity toward His creation! The slide rock area the first time I found it was like a fantasy! That was way back before the parking lots and then the State Park title was bestowed and removed much of the magic from the area!! We all remember our side trips to Oak Creek as wonderful adventures, especially the times we camped and relaxed near the Creek. For those who have come...Read More

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    Absolutely amazing! Natural rock slides and pools which are freezing but very refreshing. Really fun, very beautiful. Had a great time.

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by Adri Ber

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This is Adriber I will always provide the best and honest reviews. MUST Visit!! Place... Beautiful red, orange mountains. Get wet in the cold natural water slide. You can't get any more natural park than here. Best place to picnic. My only suggestion visit this place on a non holiday to avoid long parking time. Disabled people can enjoy the upper part of the park but due to its natural state of the park they won't be able to walk down the trail towards the water slide or take the over 3 story water dive. Still this is a great place to visit and sing music with the family. As always I'm the firm believer of quality over quantity. This is my review remember always look for adriber for the best and honest review. :-)

by michael walsh

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DAMN YOU RACCOONS!!!!

I didn't have a opinion really on raccoons (besides the fact they look like little bandits) until I came to Slide Rock.

So we pay come in and I'm all ready to go into the water.

Its called Slide Rock because its actually naturally forming rock water slides!

I mean come on that's pretty bad ass.

Then I had this conversation with a Ranger.

Me "Why cant I go swimming?"

R "Its because of the raccoons"

Me "What?'

R "The raccoons defecated into the water"

Me "..................................."

He went on to say how swimming could lead to you getting some flesh eating disease or something but I wasn't listening he had me convinced.

Then he had to yell at some German kids for trying to swim anyways.

"Shakes fist at raccoons"

It really is a beautiful place

Surrounded by the the forest.

A perfect place in AZ............ if it wasn't for raccoons.

by Okies Kid

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My children and I use to go through Oak Creek Canyon in the late 1980s and the 1990s traveling to and from Parker, AZ. The entire canyon area was a splendid example of God's generosity toward His creation! The slide rock area the first time I found it was like a fantasy! That was way back before the parking lots and then the State Park title was bestowed and removed much of the magic from the area!! We all remember our side trips to Oak Creek as wonderful adventures, especially the times we camped and relaxed near the Creek. For those who have come after, well, they just can't truly experience slide rock or the Canyon... Now It is 'civilized' and has a 'price' on what was once free... Too bad!
Same think for Jerome, AZ! What a mecca it too was at one time!!

The Weather

Monday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 74° F / 23° C
Humidity: 28 %
Wind: ENE - 12 MPH

Tuesday

Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
Temp: 71° F / 22° C
Humidity: 47 %
Wind: ESE - 9 MPH

Wednesday

Conditions: Chance of a Thunderstorm
Temp: 70° F / 21° C
Humidity: 59 %
Wind: SSE - 9 MPH

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