Beginning of main content

Slide Rock State Park

Swim down a natural water slide and explore a former pioneer homestead at this popular destination for outdoor fun.

Slide Rock State Park is a picturesque natural retreat in the middle of scenic Oak Creek Canyon. Within the park sits a 43-acre (17-hectare) apple farm and a historic homestead. Race down the famous Slide Rock water slide or hike through scenic woods. 

The park gets its name from its main attraction, the famous Slide Rock. This 80-foot (24.3-meter) stretch of slippery creek bottom acts as a natural water slide. Ride down the slide and plunge into deep clear pools. The flatter area of the creek is perfect for wading in and cooling off on a hot summer’s day.

Explore Pendley Homestead, the former home of Frank Pendley and his family, who acquired the land in 1910. Pendley’s pioneering irrigation system made him a rare farming success in the area and his methods are still used in the park today. Today, the homestead is one of the few remaining in the canyon area. See displays of antique farm equipment on the property. 

Slide Rock State Park is also a wonderful place to fish, swim and hike. Fish for rainbow trout in Oak Creek. The park offers two short and simple hiking trails. One travels along the water, while the other winds through the woods along the canyon. Spot native wildlife, such as white-tailed deer and bald eagles.

The park has also been a featured location in numerous Hollywood Westerns from the 1950s. Look for it in well-known films such as Broken Arrow starring James Stewart and Gun Fury starring Rock Hudson and Donna Reed.

Slide Rock State Park is just a 10-minute drive north from Sedona. During summer, Slide Rock is extremely busy and the parking lot often fills up by early afternoon. Arrive early to avoid the crowds. The park is open daily during daylight hours. There is a small entry fee per vehicle. If you visit in autumn, attend the annual apple festival and taste the many varieties of apples grown at the park.


Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5
Map

Lodging Near Slide Rock State Park

See all 281 Hotels near Slide Rock State Park
$204
Junipine Resort

Junipine Resort

8351 N Highway 89A, Sedona
4.6
of 5, from 742 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

The cozy villas of Junipine Resort are clustered in the forest outside Sedona, an 8-minute drive from Slide Rock State Park. Guests can drive to the Grand Canyon in 2 hours, and can enjoy outdoor activities all year round, from fishing and hiking in summer to skiing in winter at Arizona Snowbowl.

$245
Orchard Canyon on Oak Creek

Orchard Canyon on Oak Creek

8067 N. State Route 89A, Sedona
4.7
of 5, from 23 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Sedona, this lodge is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Slide Rock State Park and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Stoneman Lake. Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona Art Center are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$120
Oak Creek Terrace

Oak Creek Terrace

4548 North State Route 89A, Sedona
4.2
of 5, from 79 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Sedona, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Stoneman Lake and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Slide Rock State Park. Sedona Art Center and Sedona Oak Creek Chamber of Commerce are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Sedona's Wold Famous Oak Creek Canyon - 3 Large Private Guest Suites - 180 Views

Sedona's Wold Famous Oak Creek Canyon - 3 Large Private Guest Suites - 180 Views

851 Julie Ln, Sedona
5.0
of 5, from 28 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this resort is close to Stoneman Lake and Slide Rock State Park. Area attractions also include Chapel of the Holy Cross and Sedona Art Center.

Creek Front Cottage in Oak Creek Canyon!

Creek Front Cottage in Oak Creek Canyon!

301 Old Indian Rd, Sedona
4.4
of 5, from 34 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this cottage is close to Stoneman Lake and Slide Rock State Park. Area attractions also include Chapel of the Holy Cross and Sedona Art Center.

$144
Arabella Hotel Sedona

Arabella Hotel Sedona

725 Highway 179 Sedona, Sedona
4.0
of 5, from 2,206 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Sedona, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Exposures International Fine Art Gallery and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Chapel of the Holy Cross. Lanning Gallery and Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village are also within 10 minutes.

$159
Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas

Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas

400 North State Route 89A, Sedona
4.6
of 5, from 386 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Uptown Sedona, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sedona Art Center and Sedona Oak Creek Chamber of Commerce. Mountain Trails Galleries and Kuivato Gallery are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$229
Orchard Inn

Orchard Inn

254 North Highway 89A, Sedona
4.3
of 5, from 1,603 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This hilltop hotel with red rock views is in the heart of Uptown Sedona, near shopping, dining, and tour-companies; the Tlaquepaque Arts Village and scenic Oak Creek are just minutes away.