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.

This hike is great year around. The incline isn’t bad and the way back down is fair. Not too hard but not easy either. The views are stunning too

Awesome hike with breathtaking views!!!

Lovely view of Sedona at the top.

Spectacular. A great challenge with great views. Go south at top to view city and Hangover. Go south to see San Francisco peaks.

I suggest using poles on way down.
2nd time up and back.

Amazing!! We are two fit people (male and female) and we did both the whole of this one and the Sedona lookout part up at the top as well. It took us 5 and a half hours and my Apple Watch clocked the whole thing at 12.38 miles. Breathtaking views at he Sedona lookout part at the top. The actual end of this trail lookout is much less spectacular. Honestly barely worth it except to say you did it. Going down was much harder than coming up due to the rocks moving all around. Including stops at both top lookouts we started at 10am and finished at 430pm. So we spent about an hour enjoying the views. Note- the first part to the First Bench marker is the hardest part. Smooth sailing from there.

amazing views continuously unfolding and changing all the way. only saw one otger person on this Trail and then a few more on the summit that I think came from the other side. a good steady climb most of the way.

2 months ago

Nice hike through different terrains. Even got to experience a little autumn. I wouldn't qualify this hike as hard at all. Trail is well kept and easy to follow. Not too many people on a Sunday....saw maybe 10 others on the way down. I'd say around the 2 to 3 mile marker while summiting was the toughest part, which wasn't bad at all. The last 1.5 miles is kinda boring without much elevation gain but the views in the end are worth it....kinda looks like Zion. Trail at some parts is rocky so bring proper footwear. Even saw some wildlife: tarantulas and white tailed deer. If you include the Sedona lookout and Wilson Canyon lookout, it's a little over 12 miles round trip. Parking is super limited, get there early.

3 months ago

Awesome view! As good as it gets. Matches Grand Canyon

The parking area takes national passes and the red rock pass. I tool 2 liters of water and that was not enough for me. I got to the first bend after a strenuous climb. At my age (65) I had to take frequent breaks, but this allowed me to enjoy the scenery. I would recommend this to anyone that is moderately to well fit but be sure to take plenty of water and snacks. Enjoy the scenery and the wildlife.

As others have mentioned it’s a tough hike up.
Start early 7am. Take your time stop rest and take the views along the way. Don’t burnt out and give up. The rewards are the flat plane as you get to the end and the breeze. so worth it. ProTip. Start at 7am. Bring a blanket Pack a lunch and have lunch and a nap up there Before heading back down. Spectacular!! Pro tip 2. Continue trail and head down to Midgely bridge parking and take an Uber back to you car.

If you decide to come back the same trail find a stick to help manage along the paths loose gravel. Seriously! You do t want to take a fall of one of those edges...

It’s a tough one but well worth the hike it’s beautiful up there!! Enjoy

4 months ago

Loved this so much. The views are incredible, the trail is moderate/hard (it was inclined and rocky, but in a gentle way, the “hard” part is mostly its distance which was around 12 miles with both lookouts - Sedona and Wilson Canyon), the vegetation constantly changes, and there were very very few people. This was my first hike in Sedona and it has set the bar very high.

4 months ago

This one is just a long hike, easy and for the most part, you have the nice views behind you as you are ascending, so a tad boring I would say.
Did it during the raining season in August and so the vegetation was overgrown and scratchy. I recommend long sleeves and pants.
The beautiful part is that is very low trafficked.

Not an easy trail, but the incredible views are well worth the effort. Did this trail the first time last year and can't wait to do it again. A new favorite of mine!

Challenging and rewarding hike. The elevation change allows you to see different types of ecosystems.

5 months ago

One of sedona's best hikes, but be sure to leave plenty of time.

there are really three parts to the hike to know and plan around. The first big climb up to the bench, part 2 to the summit trails, and part three which is typically a quick 10 min to the Sedona lookout, or another 30-40 min to the north lookout.

if you really want to explore the best parts of the hike, plan lots of extra time!

Great hike with great views. Hiked out to both overlooks. Got pretty warm on the way down

5 months ago

great views, well maintained trail, start early to avoid heat!

trail running
5 months ago

This is now one of my favorite trails. You get a little bit of every type of forest with every 500ft or so of elevation change, and the views are breathtaking. Well worth the effort to reach the top.

Wilderness trail with minimal hikers. Shaded at the bottom and along the switch backs up the mountain. Beautiful views along entire hike.

Picking a favorite trail in Sedona is like picking a favorite child... difficult to admit. This big hike holds a big space in my heart. We double parked this one, so we ascended the south side from Midgley Bridge, hiked the north canyon and sedona overlooks, then descended the north down Oak Creek Canyon. I love every foot of this trail, and it never feels like I'm doing the same hike twice. With the elevation change, the terrain changes quickly and very significantly as you hike up- from the iron crusted sandstone, to the grey limestone, dense green pinyon pines, and finally onto the black basalt boulders that overlook the canyons and formations. The weather may also have noticeable differences with the elevation change (snow remains on the plateau much longer, wind is more intense, etc.). The north side is much more green and wooded, which was nice to hike down as the day got hotter. This side is also much steeper with loose rock, so watch your footing, especially when coming down. Wildlife is abundant, especially during the warmer months. We saw two species of horned lizards, deer, possibly a bobcat, and other reptiles and insects. Lots of animal tracks in the mud as well. Not much shade, bring sunscreen and lots of water (1 hr per person, per hour of hiking in the summer; it took us 6 hours to do all the trails with a long break to eat). Both lookouts offer great views- might as well do both since you already hiked up the hardest part! Still my favorite out of so many great hikes in Sedona.

6 months ago

Challenging hike but well worth it for the views of not only Sedona but the surrounding areas. Difficult to run due to rocky terrain but I suppose it is a mountain after all. Lots of folks looked pretty miserable on the trail- not a lot of shade. Parking sucks but upside is there is less traffic on the trail.

This is a a favorite for hiking in Sedona. Easy to follow the trail.

I shoved off, at 7:45am on a day with a forecast high of 101. I'm heat tolerant so was not concerned as I took plenty of fluids, about 3.5 liters. For hiking days like this, I freeze a Gatorade overnight so it melts during the hike and then tastes fantastic as a slush towards the end of the hike when I need it the most. I followed the north approach as I read it receives more shade than the southern approach. The first 1.9 miles is fairly steep with an average grade of 15%. Then on the First Bench a pleasant hike across a meadow prior to the final ascent. You will reach a sign post giving you the alternative to go left to the Sedona Overlook or right to the Canyon Overlook. I went right and the next mile is fairly flat and kind of boring but the final view is awesome. It took me 2:11 to reach the end (I'm on Strava so not a guess) of the 5 miles. I found a hiking pole helpful on the descent as there are some slick spots with a lot of loose pebbles. Finished the entire hike in 3:35. It was my birthday today, reaching 60. Damn it.

Just amazing views of red rocks and Sedona. A workout but not as difficult as some other hikes - well worth the effort.

7 months ago

This trail is an ASS KICKER!! Super steep, rocky trail for the last half of the first 1.5 miles up to the bench, especially the switchbacks that might as well be washes. At the first half-mile up, I wanted to turn around, but because I'm stubborn, I did not. I took A LOT of short breaks. Be sure to drink a lot of water!! And start early!! I didn't even find the fabled bench on the 1st landing. There was a lot of cussing involved with those switchbacks since after every set it looked like the landing was next, but NOPE! I ended up resting under a tree by the overlook (really stinkin pretty btw). Pro-tip #1, those plants that look like aloe plants and definitely NOT aloe plants, and I got impaled by thorns and scratched up when I brushed up against one of those little shits. The summit trail was a lot easier, plenty of shade. Pro-tip #2, bring bug spray, sunscreen, and at least 3L of water. Pro-tip #3, the north canyon lookout trail is pretty washed out, not scenic, long as heck and takes forever, and filled with little gnats that swarmed in my face. I don't even think the view below was worth it. That trail won't survive another monsoon season. The Sedona lookout is totally worth it though. I reached that area around 430pm, so the pinks and reds were just starting to get brighter. The trip down was pretty easy except for the slight scrambling on some of the switchbacks. Theres some marvellous scenery into the gorge by the switchbacks you don't notice on the way up because you're too focused on not dying. Pro-tip #4, always pay attention to your feet on the way down, and if you want to look at the scenery DON'T DO IT WHILE WALKING!! You will slip on those rocks and possibly go careening off into the canyon. This truly is the "road that goes ever on and on" because you never know when you're going to be at where you're going.

I gotta say though, for the record, if my inexperienced, out-of-shape butt can summit this mountain, you can too. Took 3h up and 2h down (from the N canyon lookout).

This trail was hard AF, but if you're stubborn and brave enough, YOU CAN DO IT!!

(Side note, parking was easy at the picnic area, and I saw maybe 6 people total on the trail.)

7 months ago

Wow! This trail is very very tough. If you are in great shape and inexperienced hiker this will be no problem for you. Most likely. I myself am on the bigger side but and not that experienced. This trail should be rated Hard to be truthful. If it were not as hard I would have given it 5 stars. Due to the difficulty I couldn't enjoy it as much as I would like. The trail is beautiful. Very lush and shaded. The trail head is in the Encinoso day camp area. Be sure to use the bathroom before embarking on this hard trail.

Loved it! Highly recommend - great views.

8 months ago

Misleading mileage. Once you reach the summit, there is still another 30 minutes to hike out to the Sedona viewpoint. I did not have time to do this, as that would add an hour and about 2 more miles to hike. I hiked to summit and clocked 11.5 miles. I imagine with the vista it’s nearly a 15 mile hike! There is no vista at summit, as it’s hidden in trees, which is always a disappoint after such a grueling hike!

Extremely narrow trail that’s slippery with scree and dangerous drop offs. Trail desperately needs widening. It definitely will not be safe following another monsoon season.

trail running
8 months ago

Nice trail and beautiful views from the top. Parking was busy but not many people on the trail. Definitely worth it !

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