This popular state park is one you and your pup must visit if you are in the Sedona area. The park is a stunning 43-acres full of picnicking, trails, swimming, cliff jumping, fishing, bird watching, and more. The Slide Rock State Park is part of Oak Creek Canyon and was named for its many slippery rocks, which people enjoy sliding down.
Even if your pup is a swimmer, be mindful that only humans are allowed in swimming areas or near the creek, and your favorite four-legged friend cannot explore this part of the park. Even though you can't take Fluffy for a swim, you can stop by one of the 22 picnic areas and enjoy your lunch with your friends or family.
You could also explore some of the trails, including the Pendley Homestead Trail, which is a paved trail approximately a half mile round trip and passes apple orchards, the Pendley Homestead house, and tourist cabins. Other trails include the Slide Rock Route Trail, which is along the creek and leads to the swimming area, so make sure you follow the dog rules, so you and Fluffy don't get in trouble.
The Clifftop Nature Trail is a half-mile trail (one way) where you'll have views of the swimming rock. When you're exploring the trails, be sure to keep Fluffy on a six-foot leash and be with him at all times. Your pup should never be left unattended. Also, follow the rules of "Leave No Trace" and bring some doggie poop bags with you so you can pick up after Fluffy.
It's a smart idea to bring some water, too, if you two are planning on some hiking. The Slide Rock State Park gets packed on weekends and is still busy on weekdays, so get there early for a good parking space and carpool if you can. The hours vary season by season, but it is open every day except for Christmas.