Slide Rock State Park
6871 N. Highway 89A
Sedona, Arizona 86336
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.
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.
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
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.
The park has short trails including a nature trail. It is also close
to several Coconino National Forest hiking trails. This area is
managed on a pack-it-in, pack-it-out basis, and any type of glass
containers are strictly prohibited.
Pendley Homestead Trail:
0.25 mile trail with a difficulty rating of easy. This paved, level
trail is suitable for all visitors and travels through a portion of
the historic Pendley Homestead of Slide Rock State Park. Features
along the trail include 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.
Slide Rock Route:
This is a 0.3-mile trail with a difficulty rating of moderate. This
primitive route along Oak Creek is the main access to the Slide Rock
Swim Area. This is extremely popular area features a natural water
slide along Oak Creek.
This path begins near the apple
packing barn. It descends to the creek via steps where it then crosses
the creek via a small footbridge. During periods of high runoff, the
footbridge will not be in place and visitors will need to stay on the
west side of the creek. After crossing the footbridge, proceed north
along the sandstone shelves. In the summer months, many sunbathers
will be using some of this route for sunbathing, therefore, you may
have to step over quite a few of them. As you proceed, you may notice
a historic rock cabin on the west side of the creek. The original
homesteader used this in conjunction with a flume and water wheel to
generate electricity for the homestead. You will arrive at an
eight-foot wall that can be your turn-around point. If you decide to
negotiate the wall, you can explore the remote areas upstream where
the route becomes more primitive.
Clifftop Nature Trail:
This is a 0.25-mile trail that begins near the apple barn and offers
scenic views of the Slide Rock Swim Area.
8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fall and Spring:
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Fishing (no glass bait jars
- A nature trail
- Volleyball court
- Excellent apples (in season)
- Slide Rock Market for snacks and
- Close to several Coconino National
Forest campgrounds and hiking trails