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.

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This is one of the best trails I’ve ever been to. It takes 6-8 hrs to complete depending on your speed. But the view at the top is incredible. I will go back.

Went up north Wilson trail this time. Always a favorite of mine. Spectacular views. About 4 hours round trip. Went to Sedona overlook this trip but either one is breathtaking.

This trail was fun. There are Flat areas that are interesting and all you to recover you energy while still walking. I ran about 3+ miles of this trail. I was looking for a good workout. This was not as challenging or as breath taking as Sterling Pass to Vultee Arch. It was still a fun hike. The trail is well marked and maintained.

My wife and I did this walk in Oct. It is amazing the views as you go up are incredible and one at the top wow. it has some steep sections. Going down was harder (we just had runners on and no poles) as the terrain is rocky and some of them are loose. took us about 5 hours.

shrubs on trail. needs attention

Awesome hike with great views. Only say one other person the whole day. Start at the North trail head. It took us 6 hours to summit and visit both lookout points. Really great hike!

Strenuous for this 64 year old. 3 hrs up, 2.5 hrs down. Glad I had my trekking poles. The trip up passes through junipers, then scrub, then a small oak forest, ending with Ponderosa pines. View at top is unique, but it’s some work to get there.