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Slide Rock State Park, Arizona

Posted by Jody on October 7, 2011

Slide Rock (Photo from US Forest Service)Slide Rock State Park isn’t really a “beach” but it is a darn cool swimmin’ hole! According to the National Forest Service “it has been listed by Life Magazine as one of America’s ten most beautiful swimming holes.” Water play is the game of the day here!

Surrounded by bold red rocks, Slide Rock State Park is 21 miles south of Flagstaff (about 6 miles north of Sedona),  in Arizona’s Oak Creek Canyon.  It’s a gorgeous drive, no matter where you start. Located in the Coconino National Forest, the park is jointly managed by the Arizona State Parks Department and the National Forest Service. Slide Rock State Park gets it’s name from an eighty foot long  slippery natural water chute worn into the sandstone creek bed of Oak Creek. Yes, it really is for sliding!  The Slide Rock swim area is about 1/2 mile of creek.  You can swim, wade, splash, slide and sun all day long. Best of all, you can chill out and enjoy beautiful Oak Creek Canyon.

When wet, the rocks and the creek bed are quite slippery. Take Care!

Slide Rock State Park is a very well maintained recreation area.  The facilities include modern restrooms, picnic areas, and short trails. The on-site Slide Rock Market offers snacks, water, souvenirs and sundries. No lifeguards are on duty here, so you’ll have to watch your own back and your own children, but Slide Rock State Park is well worth the entry fee. (You’ll pay much more to get into one of those plastic water parks!) Get here early during peak times.  You’ll be glad you did! It’s no surprise that the parking lot can fill up by late morning. Rock On!

Slide Rock State Park, Arizona (Photo by Postdlf/Wikimedia Commons)

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