Named one of “America’s Top 10 Swimming Holes” by USA Today, this intriguing feat of Mother Nature is one of the must-see destinations in Sedona. For a thrill, shimmy down the rock water slide into a series of glistening swimming holes, or enjoy a simple wade in the water.
A historic apple orchard in Oak Creek Canyon (just 7 miles from Sedona), was originally the pioneering homestead of Frank L. Pendley. He was more successful than most, establishing his first orchard in 1912 with his innovative irrigation system that is still used by the park today.
The name “Slide Rock” comes from the slippery bottom of the creek next to the homestead. The park has the same strikingly red tones as Sedona’s other famous formations, providing a beautiful and vibrant contract against the crystal water and green, high desert shrubbery.
The creek is open for swimming, wading, floating, and sun bathing. Visitors can also slide down a natural chute into the pool below – a unique thrill that combines waterpark excitement with outdoor adventure. Hiking trails, fishing, picnic ramadas, and wildlife viewing are also available nearby and throughout Sedona.
Since the park is located in Sedona, visitors have access to a variety of lodging options. The quieter Oak Creek is a very short drive from the park and Sedona, which also offers lodging options.
Park Entrance Fees (Per Vehicle):
Motorcycle: Entry fee is 50 percent of the per vehicle fee
Slide Rock State Park
6871 N. Highway 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336