Swimming and Sliding
An Arizona Locals' Favorite
Slide Rock State Park Named One of “America’s Top 10 Swimming Holes”... AGAIN!
Just in time for summer, Slide Rock State Park has made the Travel Channel's list of "10 Top Swimming Holes in the United States." Sedona's red rocks form the "ultimate water slide." The channel compiled the list for its new series, "Top Secret Swimming Holes."
Situated alongside an apple orchard, Slide Rock is 80 feet long and 2.5 to 4 feet wide, with a seven percent decline from top to bottom. Algae on the rocks creates the slippery ride.
Slide Rock includes a 1/2 mile of Oak Creek that is open for swimming, wading and sliding. The world-famous slide that our park is named for is an 80 foot-long slippery chute that is worn into sandstone.
Of course, safety is always our biggest concern, so before you get in the water, here are some tips to help keep you safe:
- Oak Creek can drop to near-freezing temperatures depending on the season so check before you get in.
- The sandstone rocks under the water's surface are very slippery, so be very careful when crossing on foot.
- Bring plenty of drinking water in reusable or plastic containers, glass containers are prohibited in the swim area.
- In all situations, swimmers should exercise caution. There is no lifeguard on duty so swimming is at your own risk.