Slide Rock State Park has the pleasure of experiencing four distinct seasons.
Wintertime brings a chill to the air after the leaves have fallen from the trees in late October to early November. The park can experience freezing temperatures well below thirty-two degrees and on average, receives twenty-five inches of snow annually. Park visitors should come prepared for potentially inclement weather, bringing a warm coat and sturdy, warm boots. The park can be blanketed in snow and the ice formations at the creek and the surrounding mountainsides are a photographers dream. The occasional brave soul will sometimes be seen going for a trip down the “Slide” in near freezing water temperatures.
Springtime brings warmer weather but can sometimes be the park’s wettest months with frequent rain and snow showers. As temperatures rise into the forties and fifties, leaf buds start to emerge from the trees. The park’s historic apple orchard comes into full bloom in the middle of April and fills the park with fragrant, pink and white blossoms. Spring rains start to subside as the temperature rises. May and June are some of the driest months.
As summertime approaches in June, temperatures are consistently in the upper seventies to mid-eighties. With June and July being the hottest months, temperatures this time of year are in the mid-nineties with overnight lows typically in the mid-sixties. Temperatures above one hundred degrees are not uncommon. As high pressure continues to build through June and early July, wet monsoon weather patterns are pushed into Arizona from Mexico, bringing much needed summertime rain. Visitors can watch thunderheads build in the afternoon and may experience a brief shower or a torrential downpour. The monsoon cycle may last into late August or early September.
With park visitation tapering off after Labor Day Weekend, cooler temperatures signal the beginning of fall. Temperatures are pleasant with daytime highs still in the upper sixties to low seventies. As the nights cool down, this signals the leaves to start changing colors and eventually fall from the trees. Slide Rock State Park is truly a park of all seasons.
Below is a listing of average daily temperatures and monthly precipitation:
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Note: Weather data is provided as a general guide only. Arizona State Parks assumes no responsibility for any loss resulting from use of this information.