Arizona is home to the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon, crazy desert wildlife, and very hot summers.
#1 Slide Rock State Park is seven miles north of Sedona.
We all know how beautiful Sedona is, so it only bodes well that this attraction is nearby.
#2 It was originally the Pendley Homestead.
Frank L. Pendley received the land in the Homestead Act of 1910, and it became a state park in 1987.
#3 They grow apples here!
Though Pendley kept livestock and grew some other produce, the main crop produced on Pendley Homestead was apples. You can find around 300 apple trees in the orchard even today!
#4 Frank L. Pendley created an innovative irrigation system to keep his orchard healthy.
They still use it today! Water from Oak Creek travels along long, aluminum pipes to refresh the apple trees during hot Arizona summers.
#5 The park covers 43 acres.
Plenty to explore!
#6 Pendley also built rustic cabins on the property in 1933.
As more and more people became interested in the canyon, he wanted to accommodate visitors.
#7 You can slide down the park’s namesake.
Slide Rock is a stretch of naturally smooth creek bottom that is the perfect place to slide into the water if you’re looking to cool down!
#8 The swimming area is on National Forest land.
This means that both the U.S. Forest Service and Arizona State Parks work together to take care of the park.
#9 The area has been featured in several movies.
You may have seen it in classics like “Broken Arrow, “Drum Beat,” “Angel and the Badman,” or “Gun Fury.”
#10 The park is one of only a few homesteads left in the canyon.
Just one more reason to plan your visit! 🙂