The park is now open.

Park entry and swim area close one hour prior to closing.

No walk-ins/drop-offs permitted: admission only by vehicle via the entry station.

Click HERE for park rules and facility information.


Slide Rock State Park is a very popular recreation site that attracts many visitors throughout the year. Due to limited parking and a need to protect the precious resources we ask the following of our visitors:

  • We ask that every visitor carpool when possible and keep traffic moving on the roadway for safety and to comply with Title 28 A.R.S. 28-873.
  • To find public parking at Uptown, visit
  • Slide Rock State Park will be re-vegetating along the banks.  There is no foot access on these banks down to Slide Rock State Park. These banks will be marked with multiple signs prohibiting access for re-growth purposes. The park can be accessed at the entry station and bridge using Master Card or Visa. 
  • For safety for all visitors, coolers will be checked for glass bottles which are prohibited at the park. No amplified music is allowed so make sure you bring your ear buds! 

Thank you in advance for helping us to continue our efforts in providing a wonderful outdoor experience.  We have more news to come in the coming months ahead! Stay tuned for the most recent updates! 

Enjoy your adventure at Slide Rock State Park!

A view of the mountainside at the park, from @musical_journeys on InstagramMountainside at the park

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. Tour the trail.

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. Tour the trail.

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. Tour the trail.

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