Hulls Gulch Reserve

3001 N. Sunset Peak Rd., Boise

Hulls Gulch Reserve is a 292-acre site north of downtown Boise at the base of the foothills. The majority of this reserve was acquired through a community wide citizen effort over a three-year period from 1991 to 1993. The initial parcel of land – 99 acres – was purchased in the early 1990s through a land trade with United Water, the parent company of Orida Investment Corporation.

In 2018, ecological health of the reserve was assessed by field technicians. 

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Hours of Operation

Park is open from sunrise to sunset.

Location

3001 Sunset Peak Rd

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Parking

There is limited parking near the reserve.

Smoking Prohibition

Smoking and vaping are 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.

Towing

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

Restoration Update

Some important restoration work will begin Thursday, March 14 and continue through Friday, March 15 to remove invasive Russian Olive trees from Hulls Gulch Reserve. These trees have the ability to quickly grow and multiply, taking over an environment and threatening strong, native plants like cottonwood and willow trees in the process. As you’ll see in the attached photo progression, Russian Olives have taken over the Hulls Gulch pond area in just a few years. There are no trail closures associated with this removal work, but please be aware that there will be construction crews working in the reserve March 14-15. Signs will be posted about the project at nearby trailheads. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as our foothills team completes this important environmental restoration project.

About Hulls Gulch

The name "Hulls Gulch" comes from the ephemeral creek that runs from higher up in the foothills through the middle of this property. The reserve is home to two trailheads (The Grove and Lower Hulls Gulch) that are the starting point for some of the 180 miles of Ridge to Rivers trails in the foothills. Hikers, mountain bikers, dog walkers, runners, and horseback riders enjoy the trails in this area. Common wildlife seen throughout the year in Hulls Gulch includes great horned owls, kestrel, coyotes, mule deer, red fox, and species of snakes and lizards. There are specific rules and regulations regarding dogs in the foothills. 

The reserve is also home to the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center (FLC), operated by the city of Boise Parks and Recreation Department. The FLC sits on the site of the former McCord house.  It is dedicated to promote-through environmental education, service opportunities, and outreach-the preservation and responsible use of the Foothills; and to foster an understanding and appreciation of our place in the natural world. This center was envisioned in the 2000 Foothills Open Space Management Plan, and became a reality when its doors opened on April 22nd 2005. Visit Boise Environmental Education for more information.

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