Military Reserve

750 N. Mountain Cove Rd., Boise

Military Reserve Project Updates

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. 

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

750 Mountain Cove Rd

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Features & Amenities

Dog Off-Leash

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.

DOG PARK CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Fresh sod was installed in 2019 and park amenities are complete. The new dog park opened to the public on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 with a formal dedication to take place in spring 2020.

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!

Military Reserve Dog Park

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.

Master Plan

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. 

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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.

Upcoming Events

For the health and safety of our residents and staff, the City of Boise has canceled all city-sponsored public programming and public outreach until further notice. This includes:
  • Parks and Recreation activities, classes, events and leagues
  • All Library and Arts & History programs and events

The City of Boise issued a Public Health Emergency Order on March 19, 2020 suspending most Boise City board and commission meetings.

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