Hulls Gulch Reserve is a 289-acre site north of downtown Boise at the base of the Foothills.
The initial parcel of land - 100 acres -- was purchased in 1992 from Orida Investment Corporation. Additional acres have been purchased with money raised from neighbors, Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars, and 2001 Foothills Serial Levy funds.
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 (Grove and Lower Hulls Gulch) that are the starting point to some of the 130 miles of Ridge to Rivers trails in the Boise 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 include: Great Horned Owls, Kestrel, Coyotes, Mule Deer, and Red Fox. There are specific rules and regulations regarding dogs in the foothills.
The reserve is also home to The Foothills Learning Center (FLC). Operated by Boise Parks & Recreation, the FLC focuses on education and information about the Boise foothills and the surrounding high-desert environment. It is a place for learning by direct experience with the outdoors. The heart of the FLC program is school-age education, which offers a wide range of lessons for kindergarten through sixth grade in their classrooms and at the Center.