Slide Rock State Park
Slide Rock is a state park, rated among the top 10 state parks in the United States, and one of the most popular swimming holes in the American West. At the top there is a natural water slide 110 ft long (SHOWN BELOW). Be prepared to sit down as soon as you step into the water, because the rocks are extremely slick. We've seen many people take a nasty fall because they weren't ready.
The water slide empties out into a series of pools that are just right for jumping into (SHOWN BELOW). The biggest of these jumps is actually under the highway bridge, where there is a drop of about 20 ft into a deep pool of crystal clear water.
Frank Pendley originally homesteaded the land immediately south of Slide Rock in the early 1900’s, and developed a large apple orchard along with vegetable crops. Tom Pendley, his son, continued to operate and manage the property, and in the 1980’s it was one of the largest parcels of land in Oak Creek Canyon in private ownership.
The homestead provides an historic component to the swimming area, with easy walking trails that allow visitors to take in the magnificent views and imagine what life must have been like for those early settlers (SHOWN BELOW).
SUMMER ENTRANCE FEE
Additional people can be added at $5 each.
SUMMER PARK HOURS
8 am - 6 pm. Last entry is 1 hour prior to closing.
BEST TIME TO GO
Late May - Early Sep
VEHICLE ENTRY ONLY
NO GLASS CONTAINERS
NO AMPLIFIED MUSIC
Sort of. Must be leashed and attended at all times, Please
pick up after your pet. No pets allowed in the swimming area.
No pets left inside vehicles.