Alpine Sliding Rock
Hiking & Swimming
beats an old fashion swimming hole on a hot summer day, except for an
old fashion swimming hole with it's own waterslide. This freak of nature
is the highlight of any sizzling hot day.
The answer to the first question that everyone asks is "No, it does
not hurt your butt."
NOTE: The Alpine Sliding Rock is
located on private property and access is currently closed. Large No
Trespassing signs now sit at the entrance to the property. The
information provided here is for historical purposes only.
Circle of Friends:
Alpine Sliding Rock is part of the "Circle of Friends"
program. Members of the "Circle of Friends"
have access to more specific information, explicit route information, GPS waypoints,
trailhead location and detailed maps. If
you would like more information on joining the "Circle of
Friends" visit the sign up page.
"Circle of Friends"
The Alpine Sliding Rock is a great way for the family to spend a hot summer
day. This adventure requires short hike to a small swimming hole and
natural waterslide in the Wasatch Mountains. The swimming
hole is popular with the local community and it can be crowded on a hot Saturday.
Navigation for this route is easy if you follow the
route description provided. The hike to the Alpine Sliding Rock is rated 1A I using the Canyon
If you visit the Alpine Sliding Rock consider taking a small plastic garbage bag and
carrying out more trash than you carry in. The Alpine Sliding Rock is very clean
and nice but there is always an inconsiderate person who leaves a mess for
others. This is a location, which could remain enchanting for many years
with a little help from us all or become trashed in a hurry. Please provide
a little extra effort to create an enjoyable place to visit.
The Alpine Sliding Rock Trailhead is accessible to all
vehicles in all weather conditions.
Watching a short
video is the only way to capture all the fun to be had at this fantastic
KSL - Popular Utah County water recreation spot closes to make way for
December 12, 2014
ALPINE — A water recreation hot spot in Utah County is closed and public
access is not likely to return, with a residential development soon to take
over the land.
The slippery, shallow falls known as “Sliding Rock” in Alpine has drawn
hundreds of visitors on summer weekends in recent years, but City
Councilwoman Kimberly Bryant said the site has always stood on private
“It’s not Alpine City’s,” Bryant said. “It’s never been ours, and it never
will be. It’s not for sale.”
Bryant said the area has been slated for development since at least 1984.
The city had an opportunity to annex the land once within the past decade,
but Bryant said residents voted the acquisition down.
The current developer, according to Bryant, plans to bring high-end homes to
“Three Falls Estates” along with 450 acres of public open space and over 10
miles of public trails, but the public access to Sliding Rock has closed.
Large No Trespassing signs now sit at the entrance to the property. The
ballooning popularity of the site had presented challenges to surrounding
“They were blocking the driveways — it was very, very narrow with little
private driveways,” Bryant said. “A lot of families were really respectful
and great and nice about it, but unfortunately with anything like that you
will have people who are disrespectful.”
Ruth Ann Haws has taken her children every year to Sliding Rock, and said
she is disappointed the area has closed.
“I think all of them except our 2-year-old have been down it so far and we’d
sure like it to be there when he’s a couple years older,” Haws said. “It
would sure make a lot of us sad if we don’t get to use it anymore.”
Chris Rudolph has walked with his dogs through the area for the past 16
“My concern is hiking access, but I’ve been assured there will be a parking
lot down here,” Rudolph said.
Bryant, who has family pictures at Sliding Rock dating back to the early
1980s, said the change is something everyone feels.
“We had just a lot of fun and I understand people being sad about it,
because I feel sad about it too,” Bryant said.