Let’s present some highlights of part two first, and then continue with our walk in this enchanting state park.
In this next view, we look away from the stream to see nearby rocks layers and eroded shapes.
Later, as we were nearing the parking lot, we captured this image.
After leaving the park, as we drive north on the scenic highway en route to Flagstaff, we see the greenery in the mid day sun.
Starting where we left off in part one, we see here the layers of slick rock under a blue sky.
A good view of the stream and the rocky environment all around.
This is all rock here. There are a few sandy spots here and there, but near the stream itself rock is dominant.
The trail, as such, leaves the stream area and goes up among the trees as we walk further along. Here we see Lucy posing for the camera.
Winding back down near to the water, we take in this scenery.
A little further on, leisurely strolling, we enjoy this area.
From what we observed of the swimmers in various areas, the water does not appear to be deep in these channels. If one continues up stream by wading along in the water and/or walking along the other bank, you could get up to an area where the water cascades over some large rock terraces and comes down into a natural pool. That area, that we did not get to, is likely the source of this state park’s name, Slide Rock.
We think this is a nice shot. Several decades or more ago, there was a small cabin or hut with walls made of the local stone. Here, the remains can be seen in the center of this photo.
Another view of the same scene.
This type of rocky debris is what we encountered more and more as the canyon narrows. Similarly, further along, the trail up among the trees gets to spots that are virtually impassable unless you are willing to scramble and climb among and across many rocks from which a fall would be hazardous.
The water is quite shallow in this spot. The rock layers form shelves to sit on.
Having walked back a ways, we see that more park visitors have arrived.
The sign advising caution for swimmers.
Nearly back to the paved trail, we look across at the highway that bisects this image.
As we walk along another trail or spur to the main trail, we see cacti nearby.
Gaining some elevation, we get to a viewing area for the stream below.
In this next shot, we are looking upstream.
A zoomed lens provides this view from above. The rock layer below shows wet areas from recent swimmer activity.
There are wooden benches at intervals along this upper trail for hikers to sit down on and relax.
Along the trail, and between stream overlooks, we see that a large tree has recently been uprooted. As I recall, there were markers along this trail indicating various species of trees.
Looking down again on the scene below: water rushing through a natural stone channel with swimmers nearby.
Panning the camera to the left, or generally to the north, we see this scene below us.
All in all, this was an enjoyable couple of hours for the two of us. It was worth the price of admission. If you are in the Sedona area, and the weather is nice, you ought to visit this state park; and if it is late spring or during the summer, bring your swim suits. But, do bring and apply some sunscreen as this site is at or above 4,000 feet elevation.
As we walk back out on our way to the parking lot, we see this out of service building (an artifact), also constructed from local materials.
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