Gilbert locals may not know the beauty that lies in their own backyard. With summer comes the height of outdoor activity in Arizona, and if you’re looking to woo someone who’s into staying active. To help you boost that love energy, we’ve picked the top 5 romantic walking trails and locations in Gilbert, AZ. Ask your loved one out for a date and enjoy some time to yourself!
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2757 E Guadalupe Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234
The riparian biomes of Arizona are some of the most important, but given how much of the Valley is characterized as desert, you can only see the importance of riverbank ecosystems — and their beauty — by visiting a preserve like the one at Water Ranch. Also known as Gilbert Water Preserve, the walking trail is filled with wildlife and hydrophilic plants. Enjoy a view when you are on a walk with your loved one.
2214 E Pecos Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85297
Featuring a lake and 48 acres that allow for multiple walking or jogging trails, this park is a Gilbert favorite for strolls that take in something more pleasant than city scenery. And, in addition to all the walking paths and the lake, there are shaded places to sit or grill if your walk just so happens to lead into a barbecue. If your date night consists of a little rock climbing, you could even do that from the get-go. Just don’t forget to take some pictures of the view when you take your scenic stroll to end the night!
215 N Cooper Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85233
Yet another water-body-focused venue with inspiring views and easy walks, Neely Ranch is Gilbert’s other riparian preserve. It’s a great place for bird-watching, enjoying nature, or simply getting your exercise in for the day. Visit a walking path at Neely Ranch Riparian Preserve to enjoy a romantic walk. The wildlife and water near you will bring a natural backdrop of calmness. Who wouldn’t want a place like this to make your date exceptional?
3785 S Lindsay Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85297
Wait till the evening breeze arrives, then go here for a bird-sighting walk. Zanjero Park is a famous owl habitat with a nice, long trail that goes all the way around. Hold your lover’s hand in the beautiful sunset and listen to the birds whispering at each other. Enjoy the wildflower along the trail — isn’t this the definition of romance?
1045 E Juniper Ave, Gilbert, AZ 85234
Looking for a quick walk? Check out the walking trails at Freestone Park. The 5-acre lake is a local favorite, especially during the hot summer days. This place is also perfect for parents wanting a bit of romance in their life because there is plenty of equipment in the park for the little ones to have a good time themselves while you enjoying your time with your partner.