*** NO WALK-INS OR DROP-OFFS. VEHICLE ADMISSION ONLY. ***
Last entry one hour prior to closing, swim area closes one hour prior to closing.
Enjoy the attractions of the Verde Valley and Northern Arizona
Slide Rock is situated in the middle of Oak Creek Canyon. Oak Creek Canyon is a scenic wonderland featuring sandstone bluffs, a multitude of flora and fauna and the water of Oak Creek. The town of Sedona is seven miles south offering food, lodging, shopping and many recreational opportunities. Twenty five miles to the north is Flagstaff. Flagstaff is at the base of the San Fransisco Peaks and is in route to The Grand Canyon. Slide Rock is within the Coconino National Forest and borders the Secret Mountain Wilderness Area, both areas offer an array of outdoor recreation in varying serene atmospheres.
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Groups of up to 60 people can be accommodated with reservation at least two weeks in advance. Please plan to spend at least two hours. Your group will be divided into four smaller groups of 15. Two groups will tour one hour and two groups will tour the following hour. The groups waiting for their turn for the tour (or for second groups to return from their tour) can enjoy the Visitor Center, gift shop and the self-guided walk around the grounds. It may also be possible to have the waiting groups visit the West House Museum.
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Gaze through the windows of the past into one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. This 20-room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a 1,000 year-old story of ingenuity and survival in an unforgiving desert landscape. Marveling at this enduring legacy of the Sinagua culture reveals a people surprisingly similar to ourselves.
Montezuma Well, a unit of Montezuma Castle, is located 11 miles from the park. Formed long ago by the collapse of a limestone cavern, over one million gallons of water a day flows continuously into the Well. This constant supply of warm, fresh water provides an aquatic habitat like no other in the world, and has served as an oasis for wildlife and humans for thousands of years.
Sunset Crater Volcano
Born in a series of eruptions sometime between 1040 and 1100. Powerful explosions profoundly affected the lives of local people and forever changed the landscape and ecology of the area. Lava flows and cinders still look as fresh and rugged as the day they formed. But among dramatic geologic features, you'll find trees, wildflowers, and signs of wildlife – life returns.
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Walk in the footsteps of people who lived at Walnut Canyon more than 700 years ago. Peer into their homes, cliff dwellings built deep within canyon walls. The presence of water in a dry land made the canyon rare and valuable to its early human inhabitants. It remains valuable today as habitat for plants and animals. See for yourself on trails along the canyon rim and into the depths.
Coconino National Forest
The Coconino National Forest is one of the most diverse National Forests in the country with landscapes ranging from the famous Red Rocks of Sedona to Ponderosa Pine Forests, to alpine tundra. Explore mountains and canyons, fish forest lakes and wade in lazy creeks and streams.
Prescott National Forest
Comprised of about 1.25 million acres, the Prescott borders three other National Forests in Arizona: Kaibab, Coconino, and Tonto. Roughly half of the forest lies west of the city of Prescott, Arizona, in the Juniper, Santa Maria, Sierra Prieta, and Bradshaw Mountains. The other half of the Forest lies east of Prescott and takes in the Black Hills, Mingus Mountain, Black Mesa, and the headwaters of the Verde River.
Red Rock Country
Learn more about the Coconino National Forest and the Red Rock area from the U.S. Forest Serivce.
Sedona Chamber of Commerce
For over 50 years the Sedona Chamber of Commerce has been the voice of business for the Sedona, Arizona area. Through the Chamber, local professionals and businesses work together to identify, define and find solutions for community issues.
Slide Rock State Park is a member of the Oak Creek Canyon Task Force (OCCTF), a non-profit watershed group with a broad based membership who dedicate themselves to protect and preserve the integrity of Oak Creek and the Canyon environment. It is founded on the principle that a voluntary association of members of the watershed communities, working together to understand both the watershed and each other, best accomplishes its goals and objectives. Oak Creek Canyon and its unique waterway is such a valuable resource that volunteers spend countless hours on projects to keep the Canyon beautiful and its waterways safe for future generations. Learn more by visiting their website.
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