Slide Rock State Park


Slide Rock in Oak Creek Canyon with people sliding down the

Cool off at a natural rock slide in an area so scenic it has been listed by Life Magazine as one of America's ten most beautiful swimming holes. Many people don't consider a trip to Arizona complete without a run down Slide Rock. This area has become so popular it was designated a park partially to keep it from being loved to death.

Now it is managed in partnership by the U. S. Forest Service (creek and waterslide) and the Arizona State Parks Department (parking and other amenities). Those two agencies combine to make this popular attraction a great place to have a picnic, slide down the slide, or just catch some rays. Try to pick a time in off-peak-use periods for your visit, but don't be surprised if you still have lots of company.

And by the way, watch those rocks. They're slippery!

Attractions: Picnicking, waterplay, hiking, wildlifewatching, photography

Facilities: Picnic tables, snack bar, composting toilets with sinks and running water, drinking water


  • Overnight camping is not permitted.
  • No glass containers are permitted.
  • Pets are allowed in the State Park (contained or on a leash), but they are not allowed down by the water.

Water is tested daily. Call before your trip!

  • Water Quality Hotline: (602) 542-0202

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: This park is managed by Arizona State Parks. Check Slide Rock State Park on Arizona State Parks for details and status.
Operational Hours: See the Slide Rock State Park website for seasonal hours.
Fees See the Slide Rock State Park website for fee details.
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Sedona, AZ
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Composting toilets with sinks
Operated By: Arizona State Parks. Contact Red Rock District 928-203-2900

General Information


Location: 21 miles south of Flagstaff, 6 miles north of Sedona on paved road in scenic Oak Creek Canyon. Elevation is 5,000 feet.

GPS (Map): 34°56'41.1"N 111°45'10.9"W

Access: On US 89A, drive 21 miles south from Flagstaff, or 6 miles north from Sedona. You can't miss it.

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4957 at parking lot entrance