Sandy beach
No
Cliff jumping
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Sensitive Habitat
No
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Slide Rock is a true Arizona gem. Tucked between the forested walls of Oak Creek Canyon is an oasis that frequents top-10 lists of swimming holes and secret spots. As the namesake highlight of Slide Rock State Park, this natural waterslide is far from secret. In summer the place turns into a natural water park visited by people from all over Arizona when most of the state is too hot to be outside.

Oak Creek flows year round with cold water thanks to underground springs in the canyon. That means that even on parched summer days, the emerald water tumbling over red stone near Sedona makes a perfect escape from the heat. A thin coat of algae makes the submerged rocks slippery and creates the "slide" rock—a natural waterslide.

Broad rock banks on either side of the creek are perfect for sunning, picnicking, yoga, or just taking a snooze between swims. To really enjoy a full day here, bring a beach towel, chair, cooler, pop-up tent, and other supplies to relax and beat the heat. You are unlikely to have this place to yourself, but there is ample room to spread out. Be sure to avoid trampling fragile vegetation surrounding the creek. Stay on trails and solid rock.

Logistics + Planning

Parking Pass

State Park Fee

Pros

Family friendly. Natural water slide. Easy access.

Cons

State park fee. Often crowded. No pets allowed.

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Red Rock District, Coconino National Forest
Red Rock District, Coconino National Forest

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