Use of the Preserve
The Preserve is designed for community use and enjoyment. Our trails connect to the Gilbert Trail System, and are accessible from various gated points of entry on all sides. Horses are allowed on equestrian portion of these trails, bikes are allowed on trails and sidewalks, and leashed, well-managed dogs can accompany walkers in all pedestrian areas. The Fishing Lake at Water Ranch is managed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department as part of their Urban Fishing Program.
We offer ramadas, gathering areas, a dinosaur dig site, and campsites, but these are often also used for Riparian Institute programming, so to ensure availability, please reserve in advance.
We are a wildlife preserve and cannot allow large group visitation without prior authorization. For groups of 30 or more, please complete the large group visitation application. This also applies to organized groups, such as school programs, of greater than 30 directed to visit the Preserve on their own schedule, but during a specified range of dates.
Call 480-503-6200 for all site reservations, including campsites and ramadas.
|Ramada Rental||$20.00 per hour (for Gilbert residents)
$30.00 per hour for non-residents
|Smaller - $30.00 per night
Larger - $40 per night
|Dinosaur Dig Reservation
(afternoons and weekends only)
|$15.00 per hour for site reservation
Additional $45 per hour for a staff facilitated dig experience.
|Full common area reservation
Includes both ramadas, playground, grassy turf, and dino dig site.
|$50 per hour for residents
$75 per hour for non-residents.
|For organized groups of 70 or more, the full common area must be reserved at the above rate, and must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.|
Please note that as a Preserve, we request that any decorations or other items used on our sites are environmentally friendly. Please no balloons, confetti, or mylar. Please ensure that all trash is secured in bins upon completion of use.
Preserve is handicapped accessible. Please be aware that many trails are gravel and uneven.