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Ancient Spirits of the Canyon from Sedona
"This is a truly comprehensive experience of the amazingly varied landscape and fascinating ancient history of Northern Arizona. This tour fully narrated by your fun and knowledgeable guide begins at your hotel in Sedona and climbs through scenic Oak Creek Canyon from 4500 feet above sea level to 7200 feet onto the Colorado Plateau where you will have stunning views of Arizona´s largest mountain the San Francisco Peaks - a 12
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Ancient Spirits of the Canyon from Flagstaff
"This is a truly comprehensive experience of the amazingly varied landscape and fascinating ancient history of Northern Arizona. This tour fully narrated by your fun and knowledgeable guide begins at your hotel in Flagstaff and climbs through scenic Oak Creek Canyon from 4500 feet above sea level to 7200 feet onto the Colorado Plateau where you will have stunning views of Arizona´s largest mountain the San Francisco Peaks - a 12
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Grand Canyon Sunset Tour from Sedona
"Your tour starts with a drive through beautiful Oak Creek Canyon - a route which has been deemed the most scenic drive in the United States. You climb from 4500 to 7000 feet to get a fantastic view of Arizona's highest mountain - the San Francisco Peaks an ancient volcano of 12600 feet. Continue toward the mystical rock formations of the Painted Desert and make a stop at historic Cameron Trading Post to shop for Native American artwork from the Zuni Hopi and the Navajo tribes. Your next stop is the incomparable Grand Canyon National Park. Catch a dramatic glimpse of the Little Colorado River Gorge and marvel at the glory of the Grand Canyon from some of the most amazing overlooks in the Park Lipan Point with its expansive view of the great gorge
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Slide Rock State Park Tips (26)

Very Cool Place

In the Arizona heat, a rambling, rapid-moving stream is a magical place indeed. Give in to your inner child and wallow in the natural rock slides at this place. There is a small fee to enter the park then you walk towards the stream. It takes about 10-15 minutes of walking to get to the stream which is at the bottom of a flight of stairs. They're steep so be sure to go slow. No handicapped access.
You can make your way further upstream to the bigger slides. Be sure to wear adequate protection for your "tender areas" as the slides are made of rock and though they're fairly smooth, contact with them may result in some bruising. Bike shorts over your bikini bottom should provide enough coverage or if you have them, bring a shorty wetsuit. That way, you're protected and it also keeps you warmer in the water as it tends to be cold. If you can, try to avoid this spot on holidays & weekends as it can get very crowded. During the hottest summer months (July to August), call ahead or the check the website to make sure the water is safe as sometimes there's E Coli in the water due to animal activity further upstream. As you head further upstream, there will be a spot where people have taken to jumping into the water from a height of about 15-20 feet. Challenge yourself! It's fun!

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Jul 18, 2009

Slide Rock Park ~Exhibits

There is a gazebo style kiosk with eight poster boards displaying general Pendley Homestead information and park information. Lots of wonderful information about the history of the park and its surroundings. It is located by the stairways that leads downs to the river.

Park hours:
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

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Yaqui
May 08, 2009

Pendley ~ Farming Displays

Today there are many farming implements on display that the family had used. Just remember these farming equipment can be dangerous because of sharp edges. So respect them and watch your younger ones.

History: This was originallythe Pendley Homestead, a 43-acre historical apple farm located in Oak Creek Canyon. Frank L. Pendley arrived in the canyon in 1907 and acquired the land under the Homestead Act in 1910. He was a very determined gentleman so he establishing a unique irrigation system still in use by the park today.

Slide Rock SP
6871 N. Highway 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336

Park hours:
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

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Yaqui
May 03, 2009

Pendley Apple Shed 1932

The Pendley planted their first apple orchard in 1912 and grew a garden and kept some livestock. Today it is still a working commercial apple ranch producing more than 1,200 boxes of apples in 2007 in the park. Apple Festival guests are encouraged to pick apples from the 13 varieties of trees in the park and take them home. During September: Apple Festival
Pick your own apples and bring them home with you at the annual Apple Festival in Oak Creek Canyon.

Slide Rock SP
6871 N. Highway 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336

Park hours:
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

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May 03, 2009
 
 
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Get Slippery and Wet at Slide Rock State Park!

Just 7 miles (11km) north of Sedona is the Slide Rock State Park which continues to get us entertained whenever we are in Sedona, specially during the summer!

The river/creek that runs through this park is awesomely SLIPPERY! It's a natural waterslide attraction and people from all over jump into the waters and walk on the rocks - thinking that they won't fall, but they will!

Once you get ouside the park, you just pay a small entrance fee for your car ($5), and then you walk through this pathway which has an amazing view of the high Sedona mountains, and then you have to go down the stairs and be amazed by what's below --- the sight and sound of the running water slides is just so inviting!

A warning on top of the slipperiness is the coldness of the water even during the summer! The kids really just love it, but watch out specially for little kids because the current can take them away! My little nephew went down the current and was fortunately caught by a bystander before he fell off any further!

There are three hiking trails in Slide Rock State Park: Pendley Homestead Trail (.25 miles), Slide Rock Route (.3 miles), and Clifftop Nature Trail (.25).

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Apr 15, 2009

Slide Rock Park 1938 Cabins

After Frank Pendley settled his 43-acre historical apple farm located in Oak Creek Canyon. He wanted to attract tourist, so once the roads were eventually paved in 1938, the Pendley’s built cabins to attract vacationers and tourist alike.

Now they are very much part of the history of the park and you can still see them. Although, they do have them fenced off for our safety.

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Apr 12, 2009

Slide Rock Park Picnic Areas

There are some of nicest picnic areas with huge beautiful covers. There are fifteen open air picnic areas for small groups are available near the entry station and parking lot on a first-come, first-served basis.

Propane grilles, charcoal and wood fires are prohibited at all times!

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Apr 12, 2009

Slide Rock Park Trails

I enjoyed taking pictures, while the boys and my sister hiked ahead following the river. Myself and John took our time, just exploring some old structures along the way and some pretty spectacular formations. So enjoy yourselves and stay on the trails for your safety.

They even had the foresight to install a restroom along the rock slide river so people didn’t have to hike back out to the other restroom facilities.

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.

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.

Slide Rock SP
6871 N. Highway 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336

Park hours:
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

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Pendley Homestead ~Slide Rock Park

This was originallythe Pendley Homestead, a 43-acre historical apple farm located in Oak Creek Canyon. Frank L. Pendley arrived in the canyon in 1907 and acquired the land under the Homestead Act in 1910. He was a very determined gentleman so he establishing a unique irrigation system still in use by the park today. The Pendley planted their first apple orchard in 1912 and grew a garden and kept some livestock.

Slide Rock SP
6871 N. Highway 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336

Park hours:
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

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Yaqui
Apr 12, 2009

Slide Rock State Park

Slide Rock State Park sprung up from simple beginnings. It was first a homestead by the Pendley Family who developed over 43 acres into a succesfull apple farm. Once the roads were eventually paved in 1938, the Pendley’s built cabins to attract vacationers and tourist alike. Not only did the river provide a wonderful source of water, but supplied the power to produce some electricity to run the ranch. Yet, one factor this park provides is the natural smoothness of the rocks form a natural water chute that children and adults alike enjoy, especially during the hot summers months. Even when we were here during November, a family in wet-suits, were enjoying the wonderful natural rocks, sliding down the river giggling away.

Web site: “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 Wayne.”

Park hours:
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

Park Entrance Fees:
Per Vehicle (1-4 Adults): $8.00
Individual/Bicycle: $2.00

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Yaqui
Apr 12, 2009

Slide Rock Store

There is a small store along the Pendley Homestead Trail where you can buy snacks, drinks, limited groceries, post cards, etc. Photo 2 is not accurate though. That cannot be a Redneck Windchime. No self-respecting redneck would drink diet anything much less V8 Vegetable Juice!

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Basaic
Feb 06, 2009

Tourist Cabins

With the completion of the canyon road in 1917, tourists started coming to the area. In 1933, Pendley built some tourist cabins on his land and opened the site for tourism. Once the canyon road was paved in 1938, tourism grew rapidly.

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Feb 06, 2009

Things to Do Near Slide Rock State Park

Things to Do

Oak Creek Canyon

We decided to head home the way we came, back North on Hwy 89A. We had passed through at night and had no idea of the beautiful lush scenery we missed on the way here. It is very curvy road so use...
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Heritage Museum

The Heritage Museum in Sedona closes early so we really did miss it. So went there at about 4 pm and it was already closed. Then we check their business hours. The Heritage Museum of Sedona closes at...
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Sedona Motion Picture Museum

The Sedona Motion Picture Museum is located at the Sedona Center and looks like one of the shops. It was actually mind boggling to see a "museum" that small. I would recommend you to check it out...
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Sedona Trolley

This is "the best first thing to do in Sedona" There are daily scheduled tours that take you to all the best places in town, uptown, Tlaquepaque, The Gallery District, Chapel of the Holy Cross,...
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Cathedral Rock

Red Rock Crossing/Crescent Moon Ranch is the place to take that quintessential sunset photo of Cathedral Rock. I took the path on the north side of the creek and found it to be very crowded and noisy...
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Airport Mesa

I dragged my butt out of the hotel room at 6 am to get to the Sedona airport loop for an overlook point to take some sunrise photos. I got there and it was beautiful but nothing special. I was bummed...
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Getting to Slide Rock State Park

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6871 N. Highway 89A

Hours

  • Sunday 08:00 to 16:00
  • Monday 08:00 to 16:00
  • Tuesday 08:00 to 16:00
  • Wednesday 08:00 to 16:00
  • Thursday 08:00 to 16:00
  • Friday 08:00 to 16:00
  • Saturday 08:00 to 16:00

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