• Riparian Preserve - Gilbert, Arizona

      Photo by Kimberly Goza
      There are several good reasons for paying a visit to this 110-acre park. The astounding variety of cacti, probably varieties than you ever knew existed, is itself worth stopping by for. But there are also many other species of plant and animal life in and around this artificial wetland created with reclaimed water. You can view fish, birds, reptiles and mammals of many different kinds on a pleasant little hiking trail. It's an especially excellent place for bird watching. The picnic and playground areas are imaginatively and artistically designed and laid out. And perhaps most noteworthy of all, there is an observatory that is open to the public to do some star gazing on Friday and Saturday nights.

      If you go:
      The habitat area is open dawn to dusk. The park itself is open 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. No admission charge.


      2757 E Guadalupe Road
      Gilbert, Arizona 85234 USA

      Mailing address:
      Gilbert Town Hall
      90 E. Civic Center Drive
      Gilbert, AZ 85296 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Gilbert Town Hall
      +1 (480) 503-6871

      Park Rentals
      +1 (480) 503-6200

      Wildlife Concerns
      +1 (480) 797-2019

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      1. Pmount's Avatar
        Pmount -
        This is a wonderful oasis in the metropolitan Phoenix area. I spent several hours here in February walking around all of the ponds birding and took some wonderful photos of the birds. An added bonus is the public library adjacent to the park, I used their WiFi to upload and post my photos. I’ve never been disppointed with a visit to this place. Thanks for sharing this gem.