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Slippery Waters Ahead

outdoor recreation, swimmingNamed by Life magazine as one of America’s top 10 most beautiful swimming holes, Slide Rock State Park in Sedona should be on your summertime must-do list.

You can “water slide” down the smooth rocks that act as a slick natural slide.  Or simply relax on the surrounding rocks, have a picnic and marvel at the amazing scenery.

Originally, a 43-acre historic apple farm located in Oak Creek Canyon, the area was acquired by a local pioneer who established a unique irrigation system still in use by the park today. The owner’s first apple orchard was planted in 1912, beginning the pattern of agricultural development that has dominated the site since that time.

Old-time Hollywood heartthrobs like John Wayne (Angel and the Badman, 1946), James Stewart (Broken Arrow, 1950) and Rock Hudson (Gun Fury, 1953) filmed scenes for their famous movies in this park.

It’s a popular place in the summer, so get there early.  Remember that you are at 5,000 feet elevation where the water can be pretty chilly, so bring an extra towel to dry off and keep warm.  Wear water shoes, located at any major retail chain, to avoid those pesky pebbles on the surface and for easier navigation of slippery water rocks.

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Swimmers sliding down the rocks

As I’ve mentioned before, Sedona is one of my favorite locales with Slide Rock being a top destination.  I think it epitomizes the beauty that abounds in Oak Creek Canyon and as the temperatures rise it’s an amazing getaway that will keep you outdoors to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Slide Rock State Park
6871 N. Highway 89A, Sedona (map)
(928) 282-3034

Call first to check water quality
(602) 542-0202

Park Hours – 9:00am – 7:00pm

Park Entrance Fees:
Per Vehicle (1-4 Adults): $20.00
Individual/Bicycle: $3.00

Photos from personal collection.

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