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Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch

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Brooks and streams, lakes and walking paths. A library on site and observatory. Birds a plenty and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Good place to take the kids for a walk, get them away from devices.

Great when the weather is good, not so great above 105. I walk my kids here, they run but have yet... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Gilbert, Arizona
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2757 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Brooks and streams, lakes and walking paths. A library on site and observatory. Birds a plenty and photographers heaven. You can sit on a bench or picnic on tables. Watching wildlife from a quiet blind. Walk the dog but be sure and pick up. Fish...More

Thank Teacher53Gilbert
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great when the weather is good, not so great above 105. I walk my kids here, they run but have yet to all in the water....only a matter of time.

Thank RoknRich
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My friends and I have visited this beautiful park several times now. It's one of our favorites to go to. We took our Senior Prom pictures here back in 2016 and ever since we have been coming back. It's a beautiful place to not only...More

Thank Judit M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is wonderful place to see birds, or just walk around the lake. It is right next door to the library and they often have events/gatherings here that are worth checking out.

Thank Maria S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ahh! Although the riparian preserve is nestled directly off a busy intersection in Gilbert, Arizona, when I leave my car, my transition to nature’s tranquility is immediate. People are there. The Southwest Regional Library is there. Children fishing are there. Yet, I am there to...More

Thank Lovedquebec
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place warrants several visits! Extensive trails, beautiful wildlife, trees, plants, and flowers. Waterfront places to sit and just breathe. An observatory that is open to the public each weekend to look at the stars and much more. I will have to update once I...More

Thank Daniela E
Reviewed August 28, 2018

just make sure it is mid winter so you dont fry walking around the lake... but it is the end of august and i am ready for winter. if you want to be tough it will be cool anytime of the year. lots of ducks...More

1  Thank chareek2017
Reviewed August 28, 2018

I visited the preserve on a hot day in July when the temperature reached 122 degrees, but it was worth it. Walked for about three hours enjoying birds, jackrabbits and nature in general.

Thank jan120253
Reviewed August 28, 2018

Have been here several times now and it just keeps getting better. Enjoy taking my dog for walks here with plenty of shade during the summer. Parking can be an issue, hoever I have been parking in the library parking lot and that seems to...More

Thank Carl T
Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

Love walking through or biking the riparian. We live next door so its very convenient. So many birds. We also have started hiding painted rocks

Thank Drkathyj
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Jerome T
May 5, 2018|
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Response from greg s | Reviewed this property |
There are not. As the water is part of the water reclamation system for the city it is not open to have boats or people in it.
Marty F
March 16, 2018|
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Response from DMC301 | Reviewed this property |
It is common with our intense sunlight for algae to bloom in ponds. The reclaimed water is strained, filtered and chlorinated but is not for consumption. It is primarily used for landscape irrigation such as golf courses... More
May 28, 2017|
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