The Dry Creek Area/West Boise Foothills is one of the three priority areas identified for Foothills land preservation prior to the passage of the $10 million Foothills Levy in 2001. Polecat Gulch Reserve was created in 2003 with the acquisition from the Blessinger family of 120 acres of undeveloped open space followed by several other adjacent acquisitions in 2005, 2010 and 2012. The entire Polecat Gulch Reserve area totals 835 acres which includes 360 acres of BLM. It lies between Cartwright and Collister Roads. The city has allocated $3 million in serial levy funds for property acquisition in this area.
Polecat Gulch Reserve area features 7.5 miles of trails that seamlessly cross BLM and City property. The mature vegetation on the slopes supports mule deer year round and a substantial population of Aase's onion, a rare plant found in the Boise Foothills. In 2007, a trailhead parking lot off Cartwright Road was built with a $46,000 grant awarded by the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation. There is currently a small 1930s home on the property where a caretaker lives. A new trailhead is now available at the end of North Collister.
Dogs are only allowed on-leash in Polecat Gulch Reserve due to the sensitive nature of the plants and wildlife.
Smoking 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.