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Slide Rock State Park Hiking Trail

Slide Rock State Park Hiking Trail

Best Sedona Arizona Hiking Trail: If you’re searching for a place to cool down in Sedona, Slide Rock State Park is your destination to refresh and make a splash! Nominated as one of the best swimming holes in The United States, Slide Rock State Park features an incredible natural water slide and swimming hole. It’s a very popular destination for locals & visitors alike who enjoy cooling off in Oak Creek’s soothing waters.

Slide Rock State Park was originally purchased by Frank L. Pendley in 1912 who developed the land into an apple orchard. Over the next 70 years the land transformed into a backdrop for several Hollywood Western movies, including Gun Fury & Broken Arrow and served as a recreation destination for tourists who stayed in the area’s cabins. In 1985, The Arizona State Parks purchased the land and opened the 43 acre area as Slide Rock State Park in 1987.

Today, Slide Rock State Park is a popular recreation destination and offers 3 short .5 to 1 mile hiking trails for active enthusiasts. If you plan on making a visit, go early as it’s a popular destination & don’t forget your bathing suit & towel. Make a splash & enjoy!

Estimated Time: 1-2 hours (depending how much time you spend swimming & relaxing).

Total Distance: 1 mile

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Slide Rock State Park has over 250,000 annual visitors and is one of the most popular outdoor destinations in Arizona

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In 2014, Slide Rock was named one of Fordor's Travel top 10 state parks in the United States.

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When to Go

Spring/Summer/Fall: If you’re searching to cool down, Slide Rock State Park provides hikers with the opportunity to enjoy a short 1-2 mile hike and then enjoy a refreshing dip in the water hole. During the summer months, the state park is very popular, so plan on visiting early to find parking.

Dog Friendly

Yes, dogs are permitted in the trail areas of Slide Rock State Park. However, they are not permitted along the creek edge or in the swimming hole.

Slide Rock State Park Trail Map


Slide Rock Trail Directions


Address for GPS: 6871 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336

Why We Liked It

Slide Rock State Park is the perfect place to relax, rinse off or make a splash! We enjoyed a picnic at the creek’s edge and even braved the cool water and slid down the slide! Although the hiking trails are very short, Slide Rock State Park is very picturesque and worth exploring!

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