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Bike Skills Park Construction

March 14 Bike Skills Park Construction Update:  

The Reserve Street trail will no longer be open and archery range access will be relocated further down the berm. This closure will remain in place for the duration of the project, anticipated for August 2019. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as the site is built out! 

Military Reserve Sewer Work 

Starting Monday, March 25, drivers and pedestrians in the Military Reserve area will notice some traffic changes due to construction work near the intersection of Reserve Street and Mountain Cove Road. Crews will be connecting a sewer line to install a bathroom that will service the new dog park and new Bike Skills Park located in the basins. This project is being managed by Boise Parks and Recreation.   

Mountain Cove Road from Reserve Street to Scout Lane will be closed from March 25 through April 18 for equipment staging and construction. This stretch of road will be closed to cars and pedestrians throughout the duration of the project.   

In addition, Reserve Street will be reduced to one lane for about a week (expected March 25-29) during construction. There will be flaggers placed on either end of the one-lane section to keep traffic moving.   

Anyone who wants to access businesses in the Fort Boise area should plan to enter via E. Garrison Road. Detour signs will be in place re-routing drivers from Fort Street and State Street through the Fort Street roundabout.   

This signed detour will also guide drivers up Garrison to Scout Lane with the option to head north on Mountain Cove Road along Freestone Creek. 

The sewer line work will be completed before the Race to Robie Creek on April 20.   

If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please contact Boise Parks and Recreation by emailing 

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.

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.