750 N. Mountain Cove Rd., Boise
The Military Reserve is approximately 734 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, bike park, dog park and trails.
Completed in 2019, J. A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Bike Park has been designed to accommodate multiple skill levels from beginner to expert.
Hours of Operation
Park is open from sunrise to sunset.
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Features & Amenities
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. Learn more.
Please note: If you plan to walk your dog between the new dog park/bike park along the trail to access Military Reserve, it has been designated an on-leash trail. Please keep your pet leashed until you reach the hill. Thank you for your cooperation!
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.
Unauthorized vehicles will be towed at owner's risk and expense. Boise Valley Towing at (208) 389-9707.
The 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.
About Military Reserve
The Military Reserve is approximately 734 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.
Health of the Reserve
In 2018, the ecological conditions of Military Reserve were assessed to include plant species inventories, shrub and perennial bunchgrass density, vegetative cover, and more. These data are used to guide management of the reserve.