6871 Arizona 89A, Sedona, AZ, United States
NileGuide Expert tip:
If you come in the summer, come early. The park frequently fills to capacity during the high season.
This popular state park, located just outside Sedona, has a long and colorful history. Slide Rock State Park was established on what was once the Pendley Homestead, a 43-acre historic apple farm situated in Oak Creek Canyon. Pendley was a pioneer who arrived in the canyon in 1907 and established a unique irrigation system that allowed him to plant his first apple orchard in 1912. His irrigation system is still in use today. Then, in the 1950s, the park played host to such Hollywood productions as "Broken Arrow" (1950) with James Stewart, "Drum Beat" (1954) with Alan Ladd and Charles Bronson, and "Gun Fury" (1953) with Rock Hudson and Donna Reed. The park was named after its popular Slide Rock, essentially a slippery stretch of creek bottom that is adjacent to the original homestead. One favorite visitor activity is to slide down the slippery water chute, or simply wade into the cool creek.