Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historic apple farm located in Oak Creek Canyon. Frank L. Pendley, having arrived in the canyon in 1907, formally acquired the land under the Homestead Act in 1910. Due to his pioneering innovation, he succeeded where others failed by establishing a unique irrigation system still in use by the park today. This allowed Pendley to plant his first apple orchard in 1912, beginning the pattern of agricultural development that has dominated the site since that time. Pendley also grew garden produce and kept some livestock. As one of the few homesteads left intact in the canyon today, Slide Rock State Park is a fine example of early agricultural development in Central Arizona. The site was also instrumental to the development of the tourism industry in Oak Creek Canyon. The completion of the canyon road in 1914 and the paving of the roadway in 1938 were strong influences in encouraging recreational use of the canyon. Hence, Pendley followed suit and in 1933, built rustic cabins to cater to vacationers and sightseers. The park is named after the famous Slide Rock, a stretch of slippery creek bottom adjacent to the homestead. Visitors may slide down a slick natural water chute or wade and sun along the creek. The swim area is located on National Forest land which is jointly managed by Arizona State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service. Together these areas have seen the making of many Hollywood movies such as "Broken Arrow" (1950) with James Stewart, "Drum Beat" (1954) with Alan Ladd and Charles Bronson, "Gun Fury" (1953) with Rock Hudson and Donna Reed, and a scene from "Angel and the Badman" (1946) with John Wayne. On July 10, 1985, Arizona State Parks purchased the park property from the Arizona Parklands Foundation. The park was dedicated in October 1987, and accepted onto the National Register of Historic Places on December 23, 1991.

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Honestly I've been wanting to do this hike for a while but never got around to it.. I did it today by myself and hiked all the way to the tower and all I can say is I'm happy I finally summited this hike but I'll probably not do it again unless it's cleaned up. I'm thankful that I read the reviews on here before going so that I made sure to wear long pants. Long pants, thick socks, and good hiking boots are a must. It's an easy hike in the since that it's a switch back all the way to but the brush and fallen rocks were very rough. The views were what made it worth it 100%. I saw lots of snakes and the hike has lots of bees and wasps but they didn't affect me at all.

walking
1 month ago

This place is best described as a natural outdoor water park. I've never seen anything like it. So much fun! One of the coolest experiences I've ever had. Lounge by the creek, swim in the ice cold water, slide down some rocks, cliff dive into some deep pools, hike up-stream to seclusion.. it has it all. Kid friendly. Great family experience!

off road driving
1 month ago

3 months ago

I did this trail as my own father's day present. It's amazing. You traverse so many different types of strata. You need to buy a $5 day pass at the entrance. It's random how you get to the trail head. Go down the steep stairs and cross the river. Then scramble to the trail just ahead. The trail is STRAIGHT up. It's 2.5 to the highest point and so worth it. Views for miles. The trail collapsed about 4 years ago so be careful. There is a rocky avalanche component that is about 6 switchbacks. The trail is also super overgrown at the top so you either need to be a good pathfinder (I went alone) or team up. Beware.

Slippery! And crowds you will meet, but it is beautiful and fun

Still pretty overgrown in places, I didn't mind but the kiddo wasn't a fan. Didn't find the lookout tower but man, what a view!

hiking
4 months ago

Really fun! Not really a hike but the sliding rocks are beautiful. Make sure to walk all the way upstream as far as you can. The scenery changes every turn. Easy overlook path too up on cliff. Sidenote: It's $20.00 to get into park.

This route is entirely on a Jeep Rd. You could instead connect the trails to the west to get to the end. The end of this route is not Voltee Arch, it is the end of the road. There the trail begins to another 1.5 miles to the arch. Beautiful area, I only suggest not taking the jeep road and keep in mind there's another 3 miles round trip at the end.

Super easy hike and beautiful views.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago