The Perfect Spot to Cool Off in Sedona, AZ

Slide Rock State Park

Beat the Summer heat in the red rocks!

Slide RockSummer is definitely here! Along with the beautiful blue skies come the heat. It is true we are cooler than Phoenix because of our higher elevations, but it still gets hot! On those hot days when you are looking for a great place to cool off while still enjoying the Sedona scenery head to Slide Rock State Park, recently named one of “America’s 10 Best State Parks”.

Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historic apple farm located in beautiful Oak Creek Canyon. Visitors to the park can cool off from the summer hit with a slide down a slick natural water chute!

“There’s pretty much one reason and one reason only to visit Slide Rock State Park, seven miles north of Sedona: to slip down the smooth, red-sandstone water slide and be carried over the surface by a cooling creek into the swimming hole below.” —Fodor’s Travel.


Here is a rare look at Slide Rock without a soul in sight by Mike’s Road Trip.
Take a tour of the famous Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon – Sedona, Arizona.
You can see pictures and get more information by visiting: Mike’s Road Trip.

Along with the cooling fun water chute the park offers fifteen open air picnic tables, making it a perfect spot for a summer family fun day! It is important to remember that your picnic should be packed knowing that propane grilles, charcoal and wood fires are prohibited at all times, so cold cuts and salads would be a great way to go.

Slide Rock State Park also offers hiking trails. These are short trails that include a nature trail. Our favorite trail happens to be the Pendely Homestead Trail an easy 0.25 mile paved trail. This trail will take you through part of the historic Pendley Homestead and features some of the original apple orchards, Pendley Homestead house, tourist cabins, apple packing barn, various farming implements that were used historically in the homestead, a new orchard of semi-dwarf apple trees, and spectacular views of the canyon walls of Oak Creek Canyon. To learn more about the trails and park please visit Slide Rock State Park.

 Hours of Operation & Fees

  • Summer fees: $20 per vehicle (1-4 Adults)
  • Individual/Bicycle: $3.00
  • Holiday Weekends: Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day $30 per vehicle (1-4 Adults)
  •  May 1 – Sep. 7: 8am – 7pm (last park entry at 6:30pm)
  • Sep. 8 – Oct. 31: 8am – 6pm (last park entry at 5:30pm)
  • Nov. 1 – Jan. 2016: 9am – 5pm (last park entry at 4:30pm)
  • Jan. 31 – Apr. 30: 8am – 6pm (last park entry at 5:30pm)

 Rules and Tips

  • We highly suggest arriving at the park when it first opens. During summer months Slide Rock experiences extremely high visitation. The parking lot will typically fill up from late morning through early afternoon. A long wait to enter the park may occur, especially on weekends and holidays. When the park reaches capacity a Parking Lot Full sign will be posted at the park’s point of entry. During times of high visitation access to the park is only available from the southbound turn lane. If and when the southbound turn lane fills and begins to encroach the highway, access to the park will be temporarily unavailable.
  • Creek visitors may not travel north past the Slide Rock management area into the Slide Fire Burn Area. Visitors may find ash, soot or debris from recent flooding events associated with the Slide Fire along the entire Swim Area.Creek visitors may not travel north past the Slide Rock management area into the Slide Fire Burn Area. Visitors may find ash, soot or debris from recent flooding events associated with the Slide Fire along the entire Swim Area.
  • Water Quality Hotline- Current conditions are available by calling (602) 542-0202 after 9 am the day you intend on coming to the park.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash & attended to at all times and Pets are not permitted in the Slide Rock swim area and are not to be left in a vehicle.
  • Include sun screen, sunglasses, water(no glass containers permitted), protein snack and a first aid kit in your backpack.
  • Anytime you go off hiking in the Red Rocks it is important to let others know where you are going.

We are forecasting a very busy summer in Sedona and the Verde Valley. We are offering some great Sedona hotel deals that will save you money on your stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona this summer that also include popular Sedona tours or attractions. To see how to save money on your Sedona Vacation please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona Vacation Packages.

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