Military Reserve


Military Reserve is approximately 479 acres of open space located in Northeast Boise. Amenities include hiking and mountain biking trails, an archery range, an historic military cemetery and a popular dog park.

The land was purchased from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management by the City of Boise in March 1956.  The access road and cemetery were subsequently transferred to the City of Boise.

The Reserve is comprised of natural terrain in the Boise Foothills.  Freestone and Cottonwood creeks run through the lower portion of the Reserve.  From these creek valleys, hill masses rise to heights of 100 feet or more.  Many of the trails are gentle and family-friendly.

The Military Cemetery is located on a hillside approximately 1/2 mile east of the U.S. Veteran's Administration hospital.  Veterans of the Mexican War, Civil War, Indian Wars, and Spanish American War are interred here.  There are also several civilian graves here.

For additional information on the Boise Foothills and maps of Foothill trails visit Ridge to Rivers.

Household Hazardous Waste collection site

The City of Boise's Public Works Department accepts household hazardous waste once a month at a collection site in a parking lot on Mountain Cove Road (across from dog park). Map of the location.

The hours of operation are noon-7:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month.

For information about disposal of household hazardous or prohibited materials, check out the household hazardous waste page or call (208) 384-3901 or (208) 577-4736.

Amenities & Details

Dog Off-Leash Park

The Military Reserve Dog Off-Leash Park is located at at the entrance to the Military Reserve, at the corner or Reserve St. and Mountain Cove Road.

Owners can run their dogs at the 10-acre dog Park every day from sunrise to sunset. Mutt mitt dispensers and trash cans are provided for picking up after your pet. There is no water, so please bring your own. 

There are also several controlled off-leash trails located in Military Reserve.

Dogs and their owners should be sure to follow the City's leash and pick-up ordinance going to and coming from the dog park, and follow the Dog Off-Leash Rules and Regulations while visiting the park.

Boise Public Works is releasing hot geothermal water into a specially built containment pond in the corner of the dog park area in the lower portion Military Reserve off Mountain Cove Road starting Tuesday, September 16th.  

The public is asked to stay away from the immediate area and Public Works has taken maximum precaution to keep people out. The attached map and picture show the exact location. 

The area is completely fenced with chain link and signs warn visitors and their pets to stay out. The water is 170-degrees. It could kill pets and seriously injure people even if barely touched. 

The project – to repair a valve in the well house just above the pond – should be completed within a few weeks. The water will only be released intermittently. Again, it is extremely hot and people are urged to be cautious and “stay out” of the fenced area.

Vincent P. Trimboli ~ Community Relations Manager, City of Boise Public Works, 384-3927

Smoking Prohibition

Boise Smokefree Park SignSmoking is prohibited in all public parks, including within 20 feet of the Boise Greenbelt, except in designated areas within Ann Morrison and Julia Davis parks and city-owned golf courses.

NOTE: E-cigarettes are not prohibited under the ordinances.


Unauthorized vehicles will be towed at owner's risk and expense. Boise Valley Towing at (208) 389-9707.

Master Plan

A Master Plan is a concept drawing illustrating recreation facilities and landscape features planned for a park site.  It does not necessarily represent what amenities are currently in a park.