Military Reserve

750 N MOUNTAIN COVE RD

Military Reserve 2Archery Range Site Exploration

The Boise Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a community meeting on Wednesday, January 16 in the library at Boise High School at 6 p.m. to discuss relocation of the city’s archery range. The range is currently located in Military Reserve just off Mountain Cove Road in the basin adjacent to the former dog off-leash area. 

Parks and Recreation has been working with representatives from the archery community over the last several months to explore locations for the archery range. Due to construction of the new bike skills park in the reserve where the dog off-leash area was located, a new dog park will be developed where the archery range is currently located.  Construction of the new dog park is expected to begin in the coming months and the current plan is to relocate the archery range prior to construction. 

At the community meeting on Jan. 16, city staff will outline the alternative sites for the archery range that have been explored and discuss the preferred relocation plan. Members of the community will have a chance to provide feedback following the presentation.

Members of the community will have a chance to provide feedback following the presentation. 

If you are unable to attend the meeting, the preferred relocation option and other sites analyzed throughout this process can be viewed here.

Feedback can also be submitted to BPR@cityofboise.org


Construction on the Bike Skills Park located in Military Reserve has begun. Signs have been placed throughout Military Reserve notifying the public of the upcoming construction. 

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 BPR@cityofboise.org 

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.

Towing

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.