Water Ranch Trail is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Higley, Arizona that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 6 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

fishing

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

lake

partially paved

wildlife

closed

NOTE: It has been reported this trail has temporary closures due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. The Riparian Preserve is an urban park with a series of loop trails surrounding seven ponds stocked with fish and birds. Several species of birds and waterfowl live in the preserve. The park has several amenities.

hiking
4 days ago

Very cool area with lots of water around! Had no idea this was out here. Very enjoyable place to walk and great bird watching!

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bugs
8 days ago

Leisurely walking, mix of dirt and sidewalk trails. Plenty of shade. Lots of wildlife.

hiking
1 month ago

Very enjoyable. I added several extra loops to make it longer. Got three miles by doing that. Much of the trails are shaded which will come in handy during the summer.

nature trips
1 month ago

birds of sorts, bunnies, and other random wildlife in this nature preserve. easy walk for the whole family.

hiking
1 month ago

Well shaded. Fun streams, ponds, wildlife. A very nice leisurely walk with many places to stop and enjoy what was around you. Definitely not hard, but enjoyable. Signs throughout the park say the park is open 10-6, but all amenities are closed temporarily for Covid-19 (ex. Observatory, kids areas, bathrooms).

hiking
closed
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Very easy stroll through the park. Great for all ages. There a lots of ponds with ducks, turtles and birds.

hiking
2 months ago

Great walk in the afternoon. We enjoyed as a family. The wilderness was amazing. It is easy for kids as well.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous nature preserve! Lots of little paths around ponds within the reserve. Paths well marked, very clean, lots of animals and lots of plants. Flat and easy for all skill levels.

hiking
2 months ago

A pretty area. Saw lots of interesting birds and loads of rabbits. The map signs on the trails were lacking a “you are here” symbol so it was easy to get on a different path than was intended.

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of dog pooped not picked up. Very friendly folks! Fun for the kids! Really easy “hike”

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bugs
2 months ago

Nice place for a walk!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy walk. Lots of ducks and turtles

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bugs
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

A fan favorite for Gilbert residents that want an easy walk-around during the Spring months. So gorgeous!

hiking
4 months ago

Super easy beautiful trail. Heavily trafficked, lots and lots of birds and people talking pictures of birds. Mostly paved.

4 months ago

super easy, great with small kids or elderly or anyone who need even footed and mostly paved trails. I enjoy the interpretive signage along the route with photos for birdwatching and info on the riparian landscape. It is a busy place, sunita also good for anyone who is nervous about hiking solo or who gets nervous in open spaces.

hiking
4 months ago

Love this one! Easy but beautiful

hiking
4 months ago

Nice place to run

hiking
4 months ago

Great time for our first there. Let my toddler walk around but kept an extra close eye on him as there was nothing between him and several bodies of water! Definitely busy, but not unmanageable. Will be back to run a few miles with girlfriends!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice easy walk with lots of birds and critters

hiking
4 months ago

great casual walk with stroller

walking
5 months ago

Love this place! We went while it was lightly raining and it was beautiful! Several trails to choose from. Lots of rabbits and quail. Great walk or hike close by in the city.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

walking
5 months ago

Lots of connecting trails. Wildlife abounds.

hiking
5 months ago

Popular urban trail system. Interesting interpretive signage on hydrology here and tons of wildlife in this desert oasis.

hiking
5 months ago

Lots of ducks great for family!

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail. You feel like your out of the city while being in the city. Lots of birds, bunnies and butterflies!

6 months ago

This is one of my favourite places to go walking. I go across the bridge and then walk along the side of the water then into the trees and come around the other side past the playground and back down to my car. Depending on the season you will see a myriad of different birds. You can see lizards and even encounter bunnies! Lovely, quiet. Some peoe bring their leashed dogs, or ride their horses. Please don't leave trash or dog poop! Respect these nice free local areas we have to enjoy.

hiking
6 months ago

This was awesome with a small child for a quick walk but it’s too popular and easily accessible— too crowded.

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