If you are planning your next beat-the-heat adventure this summer, we bet you would love to spend it in a natural waterpark where you can spend a day or two with your family, loved ones, or even friends! If you want to experience the best of the best, you better start learning about the Slide Rock State Park Sedona.
Experience the Ultimate Slide in the Slide Rock State Park
Slide Rock State Park is famous for its Oak Creek, an 80 feet long and 2.5 to 4 feet wide natural slide where visitors could enjoy activities such as wading, swimming, or sliding. The natural bedrock coated with algae creates a rapid and slippery ride and is perfect for those looking for an extra push.
Before you reach Oak Creek, you would have to go to a mini-trial where you will be greeted by nature made stairs that are carved at the wall of the rock itself.
Here are some tips that you could take note:
- Since it is freshwater from the mountain, it could drop to near-freezing temperatures depending on the season. It is advisable to check the weather first before going in.
- The sandstone rocks are very slippery. Be sure to be extra careful. We recommend the use of footwear with grip since it is ideal for this type of surface.
- Glass containers are prohibited in the area. We suggest packing your food and water in plastic containers.
- Additionally, bring plenty of drinking water as these activities can get you exhausted.
- In all situations, visitors should exercise caution as there is no lifeguard on duty.
Chillin’ Like a Villain (No – But Really, Chill!)
If you find sliding a bit risky for your liking, don’t worry! Slide Rock also has natural holes where you can still enjoy the flowing water in a pool-type setup.
Other Activities You Can Enjoy
Slide Rock State Park Sedona is also home to the wildlife because it is a natural waterpark (Bet you can’t find that in an ordinary waterpark, huh)?
Take a hike and be in awe of the beautiful wonder that is a feast for your eyes. Slide Rock State Park Offers three hiking trails from easy to moderate difficulty levels. These trails will let you appreciate the wonderful work of nature in the whole park.
- Pendley Homestead Trail – 0.25-mile trail where it features the original Pendley Homestead house, apple tree barn and orchard and the magnificent view of Canyon Walls of Oak Creek Canyon.
- Slide Rock Route – the 0.3-mile trail along Oak Creek which features the wonderful view of the natural slide
- Clifftop Nature Trail – 0.25-mile trails overlooking the stunning scenery of Slide Rock swimming area
Note: You can also enjoy wildlife viewing opportunities of species such as Coues Whitetail Deer, Javelina, Coyote, and Black Bear.
Although this place is known for recreational activities, you can also enjoy fishing Wild Brown and Rainbow Trout. If you are lucky, you can also catch trophy fish of both species! A short hike on the North of Slide Rock or South of West Fork leads to vast pools with gentle riffles. This place is where most of the trouts stay. Oftentimes, trout can’t refuse a free meal, so you can bring a lure or bait of your choice (Be sure to pack it in plastic containers).
Catching a fish is a rewarding experience. (Note: Practice catch and release, because this is done for trout population and conservation).
Address: 6871 AZ-89A, Sedona, Arizona 86336
Park Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
There are a lot of places to stay near Slide Rock State Park, so if you want to spend an extra night, you can always do so! Or if you want to explore the area, you can take a look at our best things to do in Sedona list.
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