Military Reserve



The Boise Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Nov. 15 on the master plan for a new bike skills park and dog park in Military Reserve. Commission members will accept public comment on the plan at their regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 15, which will be held at 4 p.m. on the third floor of Boise City Hall (150 N Capitol Blvd.) in the Maryanne Jordan Council Chambers. 

The master plan design for the bike skills park and dog park can be viewed here: (link) 

Residents can also submit comments on the plan to for consideration. 

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 addtional 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 Military Reserve Dog Off-Leash Park is located at at the entrance to the Military Reserve, at the corner or Reserve Street 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 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.