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10 Facts About Slide Rock State Park

#1 Slide Rock State Park is seven miles north of Sedona.

Flickr User Matt Penny

Flickr User Matt Penny

We all know how beautiful Sedona is, so it only bodes well that this attraction is nearby.

#2 It was originally the Pendley Homestead.

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Flickr User h Willome

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!

Flickr User Don GrahamThough 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.

Flickr User Tony Dang

Flickr User Tony Dang

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.

Flickr User Linda

Flickr User Linda

Plenty to explore!

#6 Pendley also built rustic cabins on the property in 1933.

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Flickr User Maureen_Posik

As more and more people became interested in the canyon, he wanted to accommodate visitors.

#7 You can slide down the park’s namesake.

Flickr User Linda

Flickr User Linda

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.

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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.

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parksphotos.com

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.

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Just one more reason to plan your visit! 🙂

Cheyenne Reed

Cheyenne Reed was born and raised in Ohio. She recently relocated to rural Wyoming to try out working at an exclusive guest ranch. She graduated from Kent State University with an English degree, and most enjoys writing about travel. If she has free time, you may run into her anywhere, because she is always itching to explore new places. Her personal motto is, "Any day can be an adventure if you make it one!"

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