The Riperian Preserve at Water Ranch is a 110 acre resource developed for groundwater recharge, outdoor recreation and educational opportunities. 2757 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert, AZ.

The "Gilbert Water Ranch" or officially known as the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch is overall the best birding location in Maricopa County. Amazing rarities have made birding at this location famous, and any day here in spring and fall migrations and during the winter months will be productive. Seven large recharge basins are located within the ranch and have water levels that constantly change, usually by the day. Water levels in the ponds will effect what birds are more likely on the water. Land wise, the trails and paths around the water ranch are made to represent different riparian habitats that are found throughout Arizona, from low to high elevations. A complete hike through the ranch in an outing would come close to about four miles. The ranch has good viewing blinds and lookouts for birders as well. It is also a popular place for walkers, joggers, family outings, and scout troops.