It is getting hot in Sedona! Time to find a cool and refreshing swimming hole and take a dip. North of Sedona, Arizona you’ll find Oak Creek Canyon. Along this beautiful and scenic road, the Oak Creek winds down the canyon and goes through Sedona. Anywhere along the highway, you’ll find some shady places to pull off the road and get cooled off. If you prefer to stay in town, Sedona has a community swimming pool and a splash pad that is open to the public.
Slide Rock State Park
Slide Rock State Park is one of Sedona’s most popular destinations and in the summer, people come from all over the world to visit this Arizona State Park. Slide Rock is a natural rock waterslide that is located in Oak Creek Canyon, just a few miles north of Sedona. Kids will love going down the slippery slide and getting cooled off in the chilly water. Slide Rock State Park gets very crowded in the busy tourist months of April through October. The recommendation is to get there early, but if that isn’t possible, then bring along your patience. The park fills up quickly and with all the other activities that Slide Rock State Park has to offer, visitors tend to stay awhile. Is Slide Rock worth your time? It is definitely worth doing once in your lifetime, but like I said before, the kids are going to love it in the summer.
Grasshopper Point Picnic Area is another favorite swimming area located north of Sedona in Oak Creek Canyon. Grasshopper Point requires a day use fee separate from the Red Rock Pass. From the parking area, you will find the creek access trail. When you get to the bottom, you’ll find the creek bed is very rocky, so wear your good hiking shoes or boots. Oak Creek winds down the canyon and settles into a great swimming hole along the cliff walls. Perfect for a cool dip. The cliffs are inviting swimmers to jump off of them, but it is very dangerous. Don’t risk hurting yourself.
Sedona Community Pool
Sedona has a community swimming pool which is very popular in the summer. Located at 570 Posse Grounds Road, the pool is open to the public Memorial Day through Labor Day. The pool has recreation swim, swim lanes, a water slide and a deck water feature.
Sunset Park Splash Pad
Sunset Park is located in West Sedona at the top of Sunset Road. This park is terrific! From May 1st through September 30th, the Splash Pad is open daily from 10am until 6pm. The Splash Pad is great for the kids. The park has some great views of Sedona’s Red Rocks, so bring a picnic and enjoy!
Other Swimming Holes Areas in the Verde Valley
If you don’t mind driving outside of Sedona, travelling on gravel roads or taking a hike to get there, search for other areas like Sycamore Canyon, Wet Beaver Creek and Clear Creek in Camp Verde.