May 25, 2013

Slide Rock

One of those fun summer places is Slide Rock State Park located in Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona, AZ. I have visited this place many times throughout my years as a child and an adult. Slide Rock got its name from the natural water slide formed by the slippery bed of Oak Creek.  It is located in Oak Creek Canyon and only 7 miles from Sedona.  In 1907, Frank L. Pendley developed the land and obtained a title under the Homestead Act in 1910.  He created an irrigation system which watered his apple orchard.  The road through the canyon was finished in 1914 and Pendley took advantage of the traffic and built the tourists cabins for them to rent.
On July 10, 1985 the Arizona State Parks acquired the park and two years later Slide Rock State Park was dedicated.  On December 23, 1991, the Pendley Homestead Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  His apple farm is still maintained today.
Slide Rock State Park
6871 West Highway 89A 
Sedona, AZ 86336
Phone: (928) 282-3034
Hours: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (spring); 8:00 am – 7:00 pm (summer)
Fees: $10.00 per vehicle (up to 4 adults, 14 years or older), each extra adult is $3.00
*No pets allowed or to be left in vehicles. Also, bring a few pairs of pants because the smooth rocks on the slide will wear holes in your drawers.

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