Military Reserve


March 14 Bike Skills Park Construction Update: 

The Reserve Street trail will no longer be open and archery range access will be relocated further down the berm. This closure will remain in place for the duration of the project, anticipated for August 2019. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as the site is built out!

Military Reserve Sewer Work

Starting Monday, March 25, drivers and pedestrians in the Military Reserve area will notice some traffic changes due to construction work near the intersection of Reserve Street and Mountain Cove Road. Crews will be connecting a sewer line to install a bathroom that will service the new dog park and new Bike Skills Park located in the basins. This project is being managed by Boise Parks and Recreation.  

Mountain Cove Road from Reserve Street to Scout Lane will be closed from March 25 through April 18 for equipment staging and construction. This stretch of road will be closed to cars and pedestrians throughout the duration of the project.  

In addition, Reserve Street will be reduced to one lane for about a week (expected March 25-29) during construction. There will be flaggers placed on either end of the one-lane section to keep traffic moving.  

Anyone who wants to access businesses in the Fort Boise area should plan to enter via E. Garrison Road. Detour signs will be in place re-routing drivers from Fort Street and State Street through the Fort Street roundabout.  

This signed detour will also guide drivers up Garrison to Scout Lane with the option to head north on Mountain Cove Road along Freestone Creek.

The sewer line work will be completed before the Race to Robie Creek on April 20.  

If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please contact Boise Parks and Recreation by emailing

The basin where the dog off-leash area is currently located will be closed for the duration of construction and parking on the berm will be limited. Please obey all “No Parking” signs and other signed and fenced areas for your own safety.  

The archery range will remain open until construction begins on the new dog park. If you plan to access the archery range, please plan to park across Mountain Cove Road in the paved lot near Fort Boise Park. Trail users accessing Military Reserve should do the same.  

Fort Boise Park (155 E Garrison Rd) can be used as a dog off-leash park temporarily during the initial phases of the Bike Skills Park construction period so visitors and neighbors have a place to run their dogs. Our team will keep the community updated on this page as construction of the Bike Skills Park moves forward, as well as the status of off-leash use at Fort Boise Park.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us via email at 

Master Plan: link.

The Military Reserve is approximately 726 acres reserved for several different uses. The reserve is in the northeastern section of the City. The amenities available in the area are an archery range, an old military cemetery, and trails. The Bureau of Land Management gave Boise City a patent for 449 acres in March of 1956 and an additional 17 acres in 1981 for a total of 466 acres. The access road and cemetery were included in the patent to aid in maintenance efforts for these areas.  In 2006, the City purchased the adjacent 260-acre Hawkins property utilizing 2.5 million from the Foothills Levy funds to expand Military Reserve.  

The Military Reserve is comprised of natural terrain in the lower Boise Foothills. Flowing through the reserve is sections of Freestone and Cottonwood creeks. From these creek valleys, hill masses rise on moderate to steep slopes to heights of 100 feet or more. The military cemetery is on a hillside approximately ½ 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 at the reserve. Several civilian graves are also at the reserve.

Amenities & Details

Dog Off-Leash Park

The basin where the dog off-leash area is currently located is closed for the duration of the Bike Skills Park construction and parking on the berm will be limited. 

Fort Boise Park (155 E Garrison Rd) can be used as a dog off-leash park temporarily during the initial phases of the Bike Skills Park construction period so visitors and neighbors have a place to run their dogs. 

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 ordinance going to and coming from the dog park, and follow the Dog Off-Leash Rules and Regulations while visiting the park.

Operating Hours

Park is open from sunrise to sunset.

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.