This park is pretty much handicap accessible. They have large sidewalks and even has a wonderful viewing area that is near the river. There is no access down towards the river, but everything else is accessible.
Contact the Park:
Slide Rock SP
6871 N. Highway 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
January – April: 8 am – 5 pm
May: 8 am – 6 pm
Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend: 8 am – 7 pm
September: 8 am – 6 pm
October – December: 8 am – 5 pm
Slide Rock Park Info
While exploring the uptown blvd we came upon the chapel. Service was in progress so we were able to take part in it. Just think it is nice to know where a place of worship is available. I also found this little garden to the left with a very lovely sculpture.
Worship Service 10:30 am
Located at: 401 N. Highway 89A, located in uptown
Located at the north end of Uptown Sedona, on the west side of Highway 89A.
Entrance and parking is available behind the church. From Highway 89A, turn west on Apple Road, then right on Mountain View, to the 4-way stop. Handicapped parking is immediately on the right. For general parking, turn left at the 4-way stop sign. The parking lot is located on the right.
There are not enough restrooms in Uptown Sedona or the hiking trails. There are plenty of restroom available. You just have to look for the signs. Generally I found them where the public parking areas in uptown. Pink Jeep Tours as a huge one just behind the building and down the stairs. Awesome view back there BTW. Oh, the trolley tour there is one behind there building too. Just ask someone or look for the signs.
If your wanting to go hiking, each parking facility for the hiking trails usually has a restrooms. Now you just have to get past the smell sometimes, because they are probably steptic tank restrooms, most parks are, but they usually very clean and are available.
I have always been fascinated with the JOSHUA TREE. The Joshua Tree, or Yucca Brevifolia, is tree-like in form and is native to southwestern USA in the states of California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. It thrives in the open grasslands, between 400-1800 metres / 2000 - 6000 feet elevation. Whenever I see them, I always take note of when the trees begin and when they start to fade away. Its amazes me that they only grow at a specific elevation. We saw plenty of them on the 93 Hwy North towards the I-40.
Joshua Trees are fast growers in the desert. New seedlings may grow at an average rate of 3 inches per year in their first ten years, then grow about 1.5 inches per year after. The trunk is made of thousands of small fibres and lacks annual growth rings, making it difficult to determine a tree's age. The tree has a deep and extensive root system and if it survives the rigors of the desert, it can live for hundreds of years.
The tallest trees reach about 15 metres tall and its leaves are dark green, linear and bayonet -shaped, tapering to a sharp point.
The creamy-white flowers produce in spring from February to late April. Its fruit is green/brown and contain many flat seeds.
Fishing and hunting on the national forest in Red Rock Country are allowed under Arizona State Game and Fish Regulations.
If you are an avid fisher and hunter, make sure to stop by the Information Center and get the copy of the regulations. Or you can access this at www.azgfd.com for more information.
Shooting is prohibited within 150 yards of any residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site, or occupied area and shooting across roads, trails, or bodies of water is prohibited. Hunting is also prohibited within the city limits of Sedona.
Fishing licences are available at most sporting goods stores, grocery stores, and through the the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Fondest memory: My favorite memory of Sedona is drinking my tea at a local restaurant and overlooking the majestic red rocks on the background. I enjoyed the view and the relaxing sight of nature. The weather is warm and the sky is so blue!
A large, tree-like Cactus, the SAGUARO CACTUS is native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. The Saguaro blossom is the state flower of Arizona. Saguaros have a long life span and may live for more than 150 years. It takes as long as 75 years to develop a side arm. The growth rate is dependent on precipitation. Saguaros in drier western Arizona grow slower that those in and around Tucson.
Night blooming flowers appear April through May and the ruby-colored fruit matures by late June. Each fruit can contain as many as 2,000 seeds.
Damaging a Saguaro is illegal in Arizona, so look at them, enjoy them but do not touch or harm them.
Hans and I saw many Saguaros as we drove along Highway 60 north. Of course, I had Hans pull over the side of the road, so I could take some pics.
Sedona is surrounded by beloved RED-ROCK FORMATIONS named for the distinctive objects their shapes resemble.
located out on Soldier Pass Road
towering above Old Town's north end
up on Schnebly Hill Road
laying about east of Old Town
THREE NUNS ROCK:
As we walked to the Honanki ruins outside of Sedona, our guide pointed out this alligator bark juniper.
We were told it was approximately 800-1200 years old. It was located near a dry creek bed, where at one time a stream must have run.
I've never seen anything like this tree before, so I thought it would be an interesting thing to include.
When we were traveling in New Mexico, we were offered Prickly Pear Lemonade--it was delicious! We saw many prickly pear cacti in Arizona. You can find jellies, candy, syrup and juices made from the prickly pear cactus--even soaps and lotions!
This cactus can be found all over the Southwest in desert areas. There are 15 species of this plant. The particular species in my picture blossoms in tiny yellow flowers, but they bloom in other colors, as well.
There are some people who cook the branches of this cactus and eat it as a vegetable. The fruits are edible and have been a staple enjoyed by Native American people for centuries.
The wild boar which habitate the area around the Honanki ruins also love eating prickly pear cactus.
When we arrived in Sedona, we were not prepared for the crass commercialism, having to dodge timeshare salesmen, and the general attitude of "who cares? the next tourist is coming along". I had been prepared for the fact that Sedona would be touristy, but this place in my mind, was much worse than the Grand Canyon. Maybe because it isn't a National Monument.
For example, upon turning on the tv at our inn, we saw a "information channel". Eager to find out more about the area, we soon discovered the programming was a never-ending loop of commercials for the local Sedona businesses. We splurged on a nice B and B, where we ended up feeling like another number, and where some of the more obviously wealthier clientele just stared at us. That place was a mistake. Already disappointed on our first day there, I wanted to know where are the "real people" of Sedona lived. Our guide to the Hopi Mesas told me that most of them live in Cottonwood, about 1/2 an hour away. "How can normal people afford to live here?" I asked him. "Oh, there's trailer courts here" he answered cheerfully.
All I can say is, be forewarned, and try to get all that you can out of this astonishingly beautiful area. Get to know the REAL Sedona. I recommend staying in or near the village of Oak Creek, where you don't have to fight the traffic nearly as much, and the crowds are somewhat thinner, and where it's less commercial. Get out into the red rocks and explore and hike. Go see the "off the beaten path" sites like the Palatki ruins. Try to absorb as much nature as possible, before the next tourist comes along.
Some visitors might get disappointed that they have to buy a Red Rock Pass in order to go on a hike, bike or camp.
The Daily Red Rock Pass is $5.00, the weekly Red Rock Pass is $15.00, the Annual Pass is $20.00 and the Grand Annual Pass is $40.00.
I was informed that 95 percent of the fees collected from the Red Rock Pass program stay in Red Rock Country!
According from the information I got, the Red Rock Pass funds "help to achieve many important tasks on the Red Rock Ranger District to help care for the land and serve visitors to the land".
Here is how they use the fees per the Recreation Guide of the National Forests Services:
-500,000 visitors contacts made at contac stations
-8,000 visitor contracts made in the field
-40,000 pounds of trash removed from the forest
-850 miles of trail patrolled
-100 dump sites cleaned up
-200 fire rings dismantled and naturalized
-100 social trails closed and naturalized
-500 rock cairns dismantled
-50 fallen trees removed from trails
-900 "Leave No Trace" contacts made
-15 abandoned vehicles reomved from the forest
-450 violation reprots
-30 public assists
-20 transients contacted
Here's how they distribute the fees:
1. 5 percent goes to Froest Service Regional Office
2. 6 % goes to Wilderness Patrol
3. 7 % goes to trails and maintenance
4. 17 % goes to visitor information and education (those maps are free)
5. 17 % goes to cost of collection
6. 17 % goest to Heritage Site Protection
7. 30 % goes to field patrol, trash pickup, and resource restoration.
Fondest memory: So, there, that's where the Red Rock Pass go to. Besides this, there are many volunteers to help man the Sedona's Visitor's Centers. Without them, the maintenance of the parks needed more funding. Just imagine their salaries and benefits would be?
We have to help the forest services maintain a beautiful park so that the Red Rock Pass is necessary!!!
Agave Plants were scattered about the terrain near the Honanki ruins. These plants can live to be quite old. Agaves are considered to be succulents and at least 300 species have been discovered.
As we hiked to the ruins, our guide pointed out several Agave plants along the way. He said that at the end of their life, these plants shoot up a stalk of flowers.
They're useful for a few reasons: The Blue Agave plant is used to make tequila. Also, these plants were used by Native Americans for fiber and to produce a fermented beverage called pulque.
Okay, this is maybe a bit too much. Giving you a yearly average of the weather in Sedona! However, if you are intending to camp in Sedona, this is a very helpful tip for the camper!
I camped once and didn't check the weather and we were soaking wet going home. We were there for three days and the whole time, it rained. My daughter also went on a camping trip and her whole crew were soaking wet. Luckily, some of their tents are water-proof!
So, here is the Annual Weather of Sedona:
Average Temperature Average
Month High Low Inches
January 55 30 1.70
February 59 32 1.54
March 63 35 1.67
April 72 42 1.17
May 81 49 1.17
June 91 57 0.49
July 95 65 1.89
August 92 64 2.42
September 88 58 1.51
October 78 48 1.16
November 65 37 1.31
December 56 30 1.72
Total Average Yearly: 17.76
Fondest memory: (This is very tedious to type but I did it anyway!!!Whew!!!Must practice more on those keyboards!)
While in Sedona we booked a jeep tour of some ancient ruins and saw a blur crossing the road in front of us. It was a speedy roadrunner! If you click on the picture, you'll see it from the back with it's tail up--a typical pose for this fast little guy.
Roadrunners can reach a speed of 17 miles per hour--I can attest to that! Some further statistics: they weigh between 8-24 ounces, grow to a length of 20-24 inches and to a height of 10-12 inches.
It's the state bird of New Mexico, but they can be found all throughout the Southwest. They enjoy a meal of insects, lizards and even rattlesnakes. Brave little birds!!
This is just a general tip. You can dismiss it or have it on hand. But, if you are thinking of hiking those strenous hills, make sure to have this on hand.
Also, there are important numbers to have especially when you wanted to report wildlife incidents or violations of the park.
Red Rock Ranger District
South Gateway Visitor Center
Coconino National Forest Sueprvisor's Office (Flagstaff)
Verde Ranger District
Sedona Chamber of Commerce
Sedona Parks and Recreation
Oak Creek Visitor Center
Weather Forecast N. Arizona
Sedona Police Department
Yavapai County Sheriff Department
Coconino Country Sheriff Department
Grand Canyyon National Park
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Sedona Medical Center
To Report Wildlife Incident or Violation, call 1-800-352-0700
To Report Illegal Dumping, call 928-771-3430
Fondest memory: Other Important Numbers:
Arizona State Parks:
AZ State Parks:
AZ State Parks
Red Rock State Park
Dead Horse State Park
Slide Rock State Park
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