Slide Rock State Park#10 in Best Things To Do in Sedona
For those of you visiting Sedona during the hot summer months, a few hours at Slide Rock State Park is a must. Housed on land that formerly grew apple trees, the park earned its name from the stretch of its slippery creek bed near the original homestead that now acts as a natural waterslide. Visitors can cruise down the creek on a tube or on their own, or simply enjoy the sun along the rock bed. Beyond the natural waterslide, the park is home to numerous natural swimming pools. The farm's old homestead is also open to exploration.
Some travelers lament over the somewhat steep entrance fee, but still, many say the park is worth the price on a hot day. Visitors often bring their families and spend the entire day at the park soaking up the sun and swimming in the water. If you are feeling brave, you can even go cliff jumping.
Slide Rock State Park is located about 7 miles north of Sedona along Route 89A. The park is open every day from 8 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m. from January through October and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from November to January. Entrance fees vary, but you should expect to pay between $20 and $30 per vehicle between May and September and $10 between October and April. Pedestrians and bicyclists owe $3 each. Along with restrooms and a gift shop, there is also a small display area detailing the homestead's history. For more information, check out the Slide Rock State Park website.
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#1 Hiking Trails
The region boasts more than 100 different trails, each offering its own unique experience. Most lead into the red rocks, offering intrepid explorers plenty of postcard-worthy photo ops. Travelers are enthralled with many of Sedona's trails, but one of the most popular is the Cathedral Rock Trail, which starts about 4 miles south of the "Y" intersection. Though it isn't the easiest trek, the trail does offer great views of one of Sedona's most notable red rock formations. For a less strenuous view of Cathedral Rock, try the Airport Mesa Loop, an easy path located near the Sedona Airport. Other popular hiking trails include the Bell Rock Pathway, the Devil's Bridge Trail, Boynton Canyon and Palatki Ruins, which features several ancient Native American ruins and cave paintings.
When making your way to a trailhead, consider stopping at The Hike House. This facility – located across the street from Tlaquepaque – is devoted to preparing Sedona hikers. Using their unique Trail Finder computer program, the staff members at The Hike House can help determine which trail is right for you based on your time frame and skill level. This facility also houses a shop specializing in hiking gear and a cafe chock-full of healthy treats. After stopping here, you'll be well dressed and energized to hit the trails. The Hike House also offers guided hikes; reservations can be made on the center's website.
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