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Bike Skills Park Construction

January 31 Bike Skills Park Construction Update:

Construction crews have been stockpiling topsoil for reuse and the drainage ponds continue to be cut and shaped in the basin. Overall grading of the site is ongoing. Meanwhile, workers are sculpting upper slope style jump features. Look for a contractor information kiosk to be installed at the basin to keep the public up-to-date on progress of the park. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as the site is built out!

Construction on the Bike Skills Park located in Military Reserve has begun.

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 

Master Plan: link.

Archery Range Site Exploration 

The preferred relocation option and other sites analyzed throughout this process can be viewed here.

Feedback can also be submitted to

This 474 acre natural area is named for Fort Boise and the associated military maneuvers that were performed here between the 1860s and 1940s. The area served several purposes, including the staging of gunnery practice into the hills above. After the military halted its operations, the community recognized the importance of this area and the Boise Front for recreation and wildlife values. Boise City acquired title to the property from the Federal government for "recreation and public purposes". It is managed as a recreation and wildlife reserve, with human activities allowed in ways that do not detract from the natural values.

A Few Nice Options

#22 Central Ridge Trail

This trail, when combined with any number of trails in Military Reserve, makes a great loop. It affords wonderful views of downtown Boise and surrounding parts of this natural reserve. Best bet for fall color viewing.

#27 Cottonwood Creek Trail

Often referred to as "The Black Forest", you won't find any European castles, but you will find a pleasant and rewarding trail through cottonwood stands and open sagebrush flats. Please avoid the volunteer trails that meander through the brush as this area is set aside for wildlife to enjoy.

#25 Eagle Ridge Trail

Parts of this trail are surfaced with asphalt to serve maintenance of nearby communications towers. Because of this, the trail can be a good foul weather alternate and sports some fine views of the downtown area and a birds-eye perspective of Cottonwood Creek.

#20 Ridge Crest Trail

This trail links the Cottonwood Creek and Freestone Creek drainages and is part of the "North by Northwest" crossing of the lower reaches of the Boise Front. This trail should be avoided during winter months unless the temperature is below freezing as it is comprised of heavy clay soils that damage easily when muddy.

#23 Military Reserve Connection

This trail is part of the connection between Military and Hulls Gulch Reserves. This combined with the Kestrel and Red Fox Trails, is also part of the "North by Northwest" crossing of the lower Boise Front. Please stay on the trail since it crosses through a rare plant area.

Deer in tall grasses

Military Reserve Wildlife

Trailhead Parking

Please park only in the following designated areas.

Two trailheads accessing this area are located along Mountain Cove Road. Cottonwood Creek Trailhead is located .5 miles up Mountain Cove Road from the Reserve Street intersection. Freestone Trailhead is located another .4 miles further on Mountain Cove Road. Both are located on the east side of the road.