Slide Rock State Park

Oak Creek Canyon – Slide Rock State Park

Slide Rock state ParkWho knew Mother Nature could be this fun? On your visit to Slide Rock State Park, you’ll take a break from the heat as you slip and slither down the natural rock slides in Oak Creek Canyon. Come out of the water and sunbathe on the sun-soaked rocks, then jump back in and do it all over again! You can have hours of affordable fun here, which is what makes Slide Rock such a popular tourist destination, especially during those hot summer afternoons.

The park is located on the former site of Pendley Homestead, an expansive apple farm nestled deep within Oak Creek Canyon. Here, you can still discover the remnants of the irrigation system Frank Pendley built in the 1910’s. Although he meant it strictly as an orchard, as travelers discovered the beauty and fun that could be had in the area, Pendley reacted by building cabins, and essentially began the transition from homestead to vacation destination.

One thing to remember before coming to Slide Rock State Park is that these slides aren’t made of smooth plastic or fiberglass—they’re formed from coarse sandstone. Therefore, you’re best off wearing a swimsuit that is durable, or one you wouldn’t mind throwing away. Park admission is just $10 per vehicle, so bring the whole family!


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During summer months Slide Rock State Park experiences extremely high visitation. The parking lot will typically fill up from late morning through early afternoon. A long wait to enter the park may occur, especially on weekends and holidays. When the park reaches capacity a Parking Lot Full sign will be posted at the park’s point of entry. During times of high visitation access to the park is only available from the southbound turn lane. If and when the southbound turn lane fills and begins to encroach the highway, access to the park will be temporarily unavailable.

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