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“Find the time to visit this oasis”

Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch
Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Gilbert
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed May 8, 2014

The people of Gilbert should be proud of their oasis in the arizona heat. Adjacent to their library they have created a series of lakes (ponds) which attract a wide variety of birds. The main lake offers fishing and picnic areas as well. We had done a short visit the previous year but this time came equipped with water and food and spent a few hours walking the paths and photographing some of the wonderful birds. The trails are all flat so something for everyone including a children's play area. Highly recommended.

Thank BKP47
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

My wife had read about this spot and we brought my brother and sister-in-law here. The front of the park by the parking lot has various desert plants with information about them. The prickly pears were in bloom. My sister-on-law squeezed one and told me about the texture. I tried it without thinking about the back side, and got several tiny spines stuck in my fingers. The spines were there for about three weeks, but stopped stinging after a couple days.

Walking further into the park, there’s a large grassy area with play structures for kids. There are some picnic table areas with shade. We wandered along some of the the meandering trails around the ponds, but there were a lot more trails that we didn't go on. The Preserve is quite large. There is an Observatory, though it’s only open certain nights and months of the year. There’s a lake where you can fish. There's a bridge over the lake that takes you over to the library. We saw turtles sunning themselves.

This place is different from your ordinary grassy park. We had a nice leisurely visit. We will definitely return.

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Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

This place is good for the soul. Beautiful preserve in the middle of Gilbert. Quiet winding paths, ponds, trees, and birds. Take a camera

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Reviewed April 9, 2014

This little gem in Gilbert offers a refreshing alternative to the many desert and mountain hikes around Phoenix. Bring a camera, The preserve offers meandering trails that link a network of small lakes and ponds. Birds are plentiful and depending on the season the plants and flowers may be in bloom. Trails are reasonably well marked but it's hard to get lost. For bikers, the preserve offers a nice diversion off the neighboring SRP canal. The Southeast Regional Library has free parking, easy access to the trails and a map of the preserve, on request.

Thank BSBAz
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

We went to check this out. And liked it very much. The walkways are nice and go around the various ponds. We enjoyed watching the many birds here. Would go back and spend more time.

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