Slide Rock is beautiful in all seasons – Vibrant green forests in the spring and summer are dotted by color in the fall, then engulfed in mist or snow in the winter.
If you’re here in the winter, enjoy a silent walk in the park, accompanied only by the breeze, the babbling brook, and occasional bird song.
From Phoenix, take I-17 north to Hwy 179 (exit 298). Turn left onto 179 and follow it past the Village of Oak Creek to the Sedona (Burger King) “Y”. Turn right at the “Y” onto North 89A.
Drive 6.9 miles up the road (through uptown, past all the tourist shops, and then several miles up the creek) until you see the large parking area and parks & Recreation hut to the left. Pull off here and park the follow the signs down to the creek.
Things to bring:
In the summer, wear your swimsuit and sturdy shorts over it if you plan to slide. If you have water shoes or old sneakers to wear in the creek, these will make it much easier on your feet! Bring a towel, sunscreen, lunch, water, a good book, and a camera. Enjoy!
Check with the US Forest Service for pass and fee information before your trip. A Red Rock Pass is required for parking in most locations.