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Slide Rock
Sedona, Arizona
Created 1985
43 acres
Slide Rock State Park, which was named as one of the ten best state parks in America by Forbes, was first developed in 1907 by Frank Pendley, who acquired the land under the Homestead Act in 1910.  Pendley developed an irrigation system and planted an apple orchard in 1912, and built rustic tourist cabins in the area in 1933. Today, Pendley's homestead and the apple farm are preserved as a historic district. The park is named for Slide Rock, a stretch of slippery creek bottom next to the homestead. The park includes offers three short hiking trails, a natural water slide, and a swim area. Several Hollywood films have been shot in the park, including Angel and the Badman (1946), Broken Arrow (1950), Gun Fury (1953), and Drum Beat (1954). 

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Red Rock
Sedona, Arizona
Created in 1986
286 acres
Red Rock State Park, located in central Arizona, is a nature preserve and education center, featuring a red sandstone canyon along with other stunning scenery. A rich riparian zone along Oak Creek, which runs through the park, supports a diverse array of species, including sycamore, ash, and alder trees as well as rare native fish, several frog species, and turtles. Away from the creek, manzanita, juniper, and hackberry are among the plants which are abundant. Red Rock State Park has five miles of hiking trails, mountain biking and horseback riding opportunities, and a visitor center which contains interpretive exhibits, a movie theater, classrooms, and a gift shop.

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Tonto Natural Bridge
Payson, Arizona
Created in 1969
161 acres
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is made up of Tonto Natural Bridge, which is believed to be the largest natural travertine (limestone deposited by mineral springs) bridge in the world, and the area surrounding it. Tonto Natural Bridge was first discovered in 1877 by David Gowan, a Scottish prospector who stumped across the bridge as he was chased by Apaches. Gowan was impressed by the location and soon brought his family to live there in 1898. While Gowan's family left in 1948, visitors stand on the bridge, hike three trails around it, and see the historic Gowan Lodge. 

Other State Parks in Arizona
Alamo Lake State Park
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
Buckskin Mountain State Park
Catalina State Park
Cattail Cove State Park
Dead Horse Ranch State Park
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area
Fort Verde State Historic Park
Homolovi State Park
Jerome State Historic Park
Kartchner Caverns State Park
Lake Havasu State Park
Lost Dutchman State Park
Lyman Lake State Park
McFarland State Historic Park
Oracle State Park
Patagonia Lake State Park
Picacho Peak State Park
Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
River Island State Park
Roper Lake State Park
San Rafael State Natural Area
Sonoita Creek State Natural Area
Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park
Tubac Presidio State Historic Park
Verde River Greenway State Natural Area
Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park
Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park


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