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on Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch Tr...
1 month ago

walking

I really enjoy this place. It's a great place to get away without actually leaving town. Peaceful, fun and lots of great critters to enjoy.

on Riparian Preserve at Wate...
1 month ago

hiking

Perfect trail for the hot summer. Perfect place to get away from it all. Close to home but my dogs thought I'd taken them out to the wilderness.

on Riparian Preserve at Wate...
2 months ago

walking

We hit the trail at sunrise, it was beautiful! This is a super easy, very flat walk, ideal for any age or ability. For once I walked without Happy the Dog, and I was amazed to see how many dozens of cottontail bunnies came near!

on Riparian Preserve at Wate...
2 months ago

walking

What an interesting little gem in the middle of suburbia. Desperate for some outdoors and sunshine, I took a walk in the middle of a very warm day which made for a perfect solitude hike. Saw more wildlife in that mile walk than the 100s of miles I've traversed in the AZ wilderness...turtles, fish, ducks, bunny rabbits, hummingbirds, quail...even the serpentine tracks of a pretty good sized snake. Interpretive trails with lots of information about the preserve, vegetation, water cycle and reclamation, even a couple of nice campsites...and restrooms. A nice outdoor experience when you don't have time to drive somewhere.

on Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch Tr...
2 months ago

Nice for a local stroll with plenty of feathered wildlife. Best time is at sunset.

on Riparian Preserve at Wate...
3 months ago

mountain biking

Nice area to ride around and great to walk it if your not in a hurry.

on Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch Tr...
3 months ago

This was essentially my back yard growing up. From fishing when I was 5 to training for cross country when I was 15. Love this place. Good for all ages and won't disappoint!

on Riparian Preserve at Wate...
3 months ago

Beautiful area with multiple trails.

on Riparian Preserve at Wate...
4 months ago

walking

it's a nice walk. My only issue is that while walking down a few of the trails you cone to either a locked gate and have to go back instead of being able to walk around the whole place or come to a dirt mound blocking the trail. It would have been nice if they would have put up a sign saying closed access.
the pond they have for fishing is nice, saw one guy bring out a 2foot catfish which he took a pic with then released it which was nice. then do need to clean up the garbage floating in the waters edge.

on Riparian Preserve at Wate...
4 months ago

While i'd raher be way out in nature, its great for what it is-- a nice little quick fix, when you really want to get into nature and don't have time to go on a road trip. It's actually a suburban park, but the setting is so natural feeling, especially if you stick to the inner trails, you feel like you are in fact, out in nature. it's more of a walk than a hike so I would say "very easy" The birds are cool too. You usually see Canadian Geese, random other ducks, herons. Once we got lucky and say a few mama's with their ducklings and goslings. The sunsets are lovely. also, the front park area has a dino-dig area and a mini ethnobotanical garden area with very pretty cacti (and I'm not usually much for them, so that's saying some thing... )

on Riparian Preserve at Wate...
5 months ago

Loved it, very relaxing. :)

on Riparian Preserve at Wate...
5 months ago

birding

Fantastic!

on Riparian Preserve at Wate...
5 months ago

Nice leisure walk. Family friendly

on Riparian Preserve at Wate...
5 months ago

hiking

Lots of water fowl rabbits birds vegetation. Play area for kids. Bathrooms. Parking and accessible for strollers.

on Riparian Preserve at Wate...
5 months ago

Great for kids, bird watching and biking. A wonderful oasis in the middle of town

on Riparian Preserve at Wate...
6 months ago

hiking

Bring binoculars to see the hundreds of birds.