Slide Rock is Arizona’s Natural Water Park

Slide Rock has become one of Arizonas go-to swimming places when the temperature starts to rise. It was opened in October of 1987 to the public and has continued to grow in popularity with Arizonans and tourist. This section of Oak Creek had sandstone that is smooth and covered in algae, which allows for a slippery surface to slide on. 

Warning ⚠️
The rocks can be very slippery and the water can be very cold sometimes. Make sure to bring appropriate gear and check the Slide Rock State Park official website for any updates.

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Some areas are shallow while others are deep enough to jump into.

As you head to the park, don’t forget your water, water shoes, sunscreen, and a towel. The cold water makes for a refreshing dip when the temperatures are high. After riding down one of the chutes or jumping into the deeper parts, try relaxing on the red rock and let the sun warm you back up. Don’t forget to bring a snack to eat after you play around for a bit. 

 In addition, there are no lifeguards present, so caution should always be put forth when your interacting with nature. I myself almost slipped on the algae, which is present on many of the rocks, but like always, I had my wonderful wife to catch me. Don’t be deterred from trying out the natural slides here, as long as your careful and wear proper gear then you should be fine. For example, we took our 10 year old nephew here and he not only loved it, but had no issues with slipping or getting hurt. 

Park Info

Location:Off of Arizona State Route 89a , which is about 7 miles north of Sedona.

Elevation: 4930 ft

Hours of Operation: 

November 1st – January 31st  9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

February 1st – April 30th  8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

May 1st – Labor Day  8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday after Labor Day – October 31st  8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Special Hours of Operation: 

Thanksgiving 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Christmas Eve 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Christmas Day  closed

Park Fee: 

Individual/Bicycle: $5

Motorcycle: %50 of what current vehicle fee is

October 1st – February 28th $10 per vehicle

March 1st – May 24th $20 per vehicle

May 25th – Labor Day $20 for Mon – Thur  & $30 for Fri – Sun as well as holidays

Tuesday after Labor Day – September 30th $20 per vehicle

*Per vehicle only includes 1-4 people

*Payment by card or exact cash



The chutes were fun to slide down and the algae helped to make it slippery enough for you.
If you wish to walk in, take the trail that follows the right side of the road. It can be difficult to climb down along it to try to access the creek.

Other Things To Consider

Have you been to Slide Rock State Park? Did you enjoy yourself and would you recommend it to others? Have any other places we should see, let us know in the comments section. Thanks for taking a look at our site and don’t forget to subscribe for future articles and tips. 

The information on this website has come from research and by experiencing it ourselves.  Opening hours, closures, prices, etc. are always subject to change. We try to keep up to date on any new information, or tips to help make your adventure more enjoyable. 

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