Facilities available at Slide Rock State Park.
Park Is Open: Swim Area Is Closed Until September
Slide Rock SP is open with normal hours of 8 am - 6 pm, with last park entry at 5 pm. However, due to the recent fire north of the park, the swim area will remain closed until SEPTEMBER 2014. Reduced entry fee of $10.00 per vehicle is in effect until the swim area re-opens (up to 4 adults: an adult is anyone 14 years of age or older; each additional adult is $3.00; pay with cash, Visa, or MasterCard). Check here for updates about when the swim area will re-open. Highway 89A is now open from both north and south sides. Current Fire Information
Charcoal fires are permitted in designated grills only. No wood fires allowed in grills. Propane grills and stoves are allowed. Smoking allowed in vehicles only. Please plan for a picnic lunch to enjoy under one of the ramadas. No glass may be brought near the creek. Check Current Agency Fire Restrictions.
March 29 – May 22: 8 am - 6 pm
May 23 – September 1: 9 am - 7 pm
September 2 – September 30: 8 am - 6 pm
October 1 – March 28: 8 am - 5 pm
Note: Entry into the park will not be permitted one hour prior to closing. Office closes one hour prior to closing. Pets are not permitted in the Slide Rock swim area. Pets are not to be left in a vehicle. The park will close at 2 pm on November 24th (Thanksgiving). Regular hours resume November 25th. The park will close at 2 pm on December 24th (Christmas Eve) and will be closed December 25th (Christmas Day). Regular hours resume on December 26th.
Admission for summer season is $20.00 per vehicle (cash, Visa, MasterCard); $10.00 per vehicle rest of year.
Fees for Motorcycles are $10.00 summer season; $5.00 rest of year.
Group or commercial vehicles fees are $20.00 up to 4 adults plus $3.00 per adult after the first four. An adult is defined as someone fourteen years or older.
Two modern, ADA accessible restroom buildings with sinks and a drinking fountain are located above the creek with flush toilets. A flush-free, waterless vault toilet is available near the creek. The Vault toilet is not accessible.
The Slide Rock Market is open year-round with seasonal hours of operation. The market offers: snacks, water, film, sunscreen and Slide Rock memorabilia.
November through March: Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am – 4 pm
April through October: Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am – 6 pm, Mondays - Fridays 10 am – 4 pm.
Gazebo style kiosk with eight poster boards displaying general Pendley Homestead information and park information. Historic farm implements are displayed along the Pendley Homestead Trail.
There are two covered ramadas with electrical outlets and picnic bench seating. Each ramada will hold approximately fifty people. Ramadas may be reserved for $65 a piece; plus a $5.00 non-refundable reservation fee. Contact the park for further information or to make reservations for the designated months. Charcoal fires are permitted in designated grills only. No wood fires allowed in grills. Propane grills and stoves are allowed. Smoking allowed in vehicles only.
Fifteen open air picnic areas suitable for small groups are available near the entry station and parking lot on a first-come, first-served basis. Charcoal fires are permitted in designated grills only. No wood fires allowed in grills. Propane grills and stoves are allowed. Smoking allowed in vehicles only.
The park has short trails including a nature trail. It is also close to several Coconino National Forest hiking trails. This area is managed on a pack-it-in, pack-it-out basis, and any type of glass containers are strictly prohibited.
Pendley Homestead Trail: 0.25 mile trail with a difficulty rating of easy. This paved, level trail is suitable for all visitors and travels through a portion of the historic Pendley Homestead of Slide Rock State Park. Features along the trail include some of the original apple orchards, Pendley Homestead house, tourist cabins, apple packing barn, various farming implements that were used historically in the homestead, a new orchard of semi-dwarf apple trees, and spectacular views of the canyon walls of Oak Creek Canyon.
Slide Rock Route: This is a 0.3-mile trail with a difficulty rating of moderate. This primitive route along Oak Creek is the main access to the Slide Rock Swim Area. This extremely popular area features a natural water slide along Oak Creek.
This path begins near the apple packing barn. It descends to the creek via steps where it then crosses the creek via a small footbridge. During periods of high runoff, the footbridge will not be in place and visitors will need to stay on the west side of the creek. After crossing the footbridge, proceed north along the sandstone shelves. In the summer months, many sunbathers will be using some of this route for sunbathing, therefore, you may have to step over quite a few of them. As you proceed, you may notice a historic rock cabin on the west side of the creek. The original homesteader used this in conjunction with a flume and water wheel to generate electricity for the homestead. You will arrive at an eight-foot wall that can be your turn-around point. If you decide to negotiate the wall, you can explore the remote areas upstream where the route becomes more primitive.
Clifftop Nature Trail: This is a 0.25-mile trail that begins near the apple barn and offers scenic views of the Slide Rock Swim Area.
Oak Creek is periodically stocked with Rainbow Trout. Fishing is not permitted where swimmers are present. No glass bait jars please!
A valid Arizona fishing license is required for anglers 10 years and older. Licensing information is available online at Arizona Game & Fish, or purchase a fishing license at a local dealer.
The Slide Rock swim area is approximately 1/2 mile of creek. There are multiple places to swim and wade, as well as the famous Slide. The Slide is an eighty foot slippery shoot that is worn into sandstone. Notes: All water-based activities are at the risk of the user. No lifeguard on duty. Glass containers are not permitted in the swim area.
Slide Rock is home to an array of wildlife. Coues white-tailed deer, javelina, coyote, black bear, bald eagle, great blue heron and black-tailed rattlesnake have all been spotted at the park.
Download Printable Bird List ( 530 KB PDF)
- Alamo Lake
- Buckskin Mountain
- Cattail Cove
- Lake Havasu
- River Island
- Yuma Quartermaster Depot
- Yuma Territorial Prison
- Dead Horse Ranch
- Fort Verde
- Red Rock
- Riordan Mansion
- Slide Rock
- Verde River Greenway
- Boyce Thompson Arboretum
- Fool Hollow Lake
- Lost Dutchman
- Lyman Lake
- Tonto Natural Bridge