outdoor gilbert

Explore the great outdoors of Gilbert

Gilbert is a great place to get out and enjoy the many available outdoor amenities, with plenty of options for all ages.

 Riparian at Water Ranch

As one of the largest and most popular wildlife preserves in Gilbert, The Riparian at Water Ranch features hiking and equestrian trails open to the community. The preserve provides a great opportunity for wildlife and bird watching and is considered the premier bird watching facility in the Phoenix metro region. Close to 250 species of birds have been sighted and many people come from different states and countries to see the beautiful and sometimes rare birds. The park boasts covered picnic areas, a dinosaur dig site, and campsites that can be reserved for a desert getaway. The preserve also has the only valley astronomy observatory open to the public every Friday and Saturday evening from dusk until 9:30P, subject to weather conditions.


Arizona’s weather–including some of the best Winters in the world–make it one of the top locations for golf getaways in the United States.


Greenfield Lakes Golf Course

The 18-hole Greenfield Lakes Golf Course in Gilbert is a public golf course that opened in 1997. Designed by Ray Pacioni, Greenfield Lakes Golf Course measures 4107 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 91 and a 59 USGA rating.

18 Holes | Public Golf Course | Par: 64 | 4107 Yards

Kokopelli Golf Course

The 18-hole Kokopelli Golf Course in Gilbert is a public golf course that opened in 1992. Designed by Phillips Associates, Kokopelli Golf Course measures 6716 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 132 and a 72.2 USGA rating. The course features four sets of tees for different skill levels.

18 Holes | Public Golf Course | Par: 72 | 6716 Yards

Seville Golf & Country Club

Seville’s picturesque 18-hole course captures the challenge of the game and the beautiful views of Arizona and the San Tan Mountains. The course was designed by Gary Panks, ASGCA, and opened in 2002. The USGA rating is 72.5 with a slope rating of 129.

18 Holes | Private/Resort Golf Course | Par: 72 | 7015 Yards


Gilbert is home to six major parks and an array of specialty parks. Below are just some of the gems you can find when you visit Gilbert. For additional park information, visit the Gilbert Parks and Recreation Park Facilities Page.


Freestone Park

This expansive park features sports facilities, athletic fields, playground, train ride, and picnic area. The park is also home to an amphitheater, as well as a skate park and the Freestone Recreation Center. The Freestone Skate Park is a free park with more than 22,000 square feet of space to challenge novice and experienced skaters alike. Additionally, Gilbert is home to the Central Trail System with more than 135 miles of marked and unmarked trails for hikers and bikers and areas for birding in Gilbert.

Cosmo Dog Park

Ranked 4th Best Dog Park in the United States, Cosmo Park is named for Gilbert’s first police dog: Cosmo van Blitsaerd of Holland. The park features a lighted, fenced dog park. Timid dogs are directed to use the northern part of the park. There is a lake where dogs may swim and two dog wash stations.

Elliott District Park

If you’ve ever dreamed of playing in a big league ballpark, Big League Dreams is the place for you. The fields are built as scaled-down replicas of famous ballparks including Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, and Wrigley Field.

Public Pools

Gilbert’s public pools, open seasonally May – August, offer a family fun way to beat the summer heat.


  • Mesquite Aquatic Center
  • Greenfield Municipal Pool
  • Williams Field Pool
  • Perry Pool


Gilbert, named a Bicycle Friendly Community, is well known for its Central Trail System that offers 135 miles of enjoyment for outdoor enthusiasts. Along with equestrian tracks are more than 54 miles of marked bike trails where you can ride along the canals.

There are three trail systems running north-south—Heritage Trail, Santan Vista Trail, and Marathon Trail—and one that runs east-west (Western Powerline Trail). They connect to most of Gilbert’s parks and parallel the Valley’s canal system maintained by the Salt River Project. The trail experience is enhanced by pocket parks that offer shade, drinking fountains, ramadas, and other recreational features. One ramada, that borders the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, depicts the famous Da Vinci Flying Machine and features quotes from the masters of astronomy.