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Idaho State University sits at the foot of the Portneuf and Bannock Mountain Ranges. It is home to more than 13,000 students who can choose from 24 undergraduate programs and 13 advanced degree programs offered within the College of Arts and Letters alone. Both Southeast Idaho and ISU take pride in their great educational opportunities as well as a plethora of outdoor experiences. ISU students can not only live and learn but play in their own backyard.

Pocatello, known as the "gateway to the northwest," contains more than 100 miles of hiking, biking and running trails for the adventurous individual. The spring, summer and fall months open up opportunities for camping, fishing, kayaking, rock climbing and disc golf. The winter months offer even more opportunities to explore the great outdoors through downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. Come see all that ISU has to offer you!


Average Low: 33 degrees

Average High: 60 degrees



Average Low: 17 degrees

Average High: 34 degrees

Average Snow Fall: 44 inches

Winter 2016-17 Snowfall: 86 inches


Average Low: 33 degrees

Average High: 59 degrees


Average Low: 50 degrees

Average High: 84 degrees

Places to See

West Yellowstone 2 hours, 29 minutes

Yellowstone National Park 2 hours, 33 minutes

Grand Teton National Park 2 hours, 35 minutes

Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve 3 hours 9 minutes

Jackson Hole, WY 2 hours, 37 minutes

Bear Lake 2 hours, 6 minutes

Lava Hot Springs 38 minutes

Shoshone Falls 1 hour, 46 minutes

Mesa Falls 1 hour, 59 minutes


Over 35 mountain biking trails

Mountain bike rental and repair shops

Spinderella (ladies-only bike race)


Massacre Rocks State Park

boating, canoe rentals, kayak rentals, fishing, hiking

Redfish Lake

lake, sandy beaches, hiking

Island Park

hiking, fishing, yellowstone national park is 15 min away

Scout Mountain

hiking, within 15 minutes of ISU campus


Blackfoot Disc Golf Course

Freeman Park (Idaho Falls)

Sister City Park (Pocatello)

Upper Ross Park


American Falls Reservoir

Blackfoot Reservoir

Franklin Reservoir

Chesterfield Reservoir

Snake River

Salmon River

Henry’s Lake


Highland Golf Course

Riverside Golf Course

Blackfoot Golf Course

Sand Creek Golf Course (Idaho Falls)

Pinecrest Golf Course (Idaho Falls)

Sage Lake Golf Cousre (Idaho Falls)

Rexburg Municipal Golf Course

Teton Lakes Golf Course (Rexburg)

Canyon Springs Golf Course (Twin Falls)

Twin Falls Golf Course


Portneuf Wellness Complex & Trails

City Creek Trail System

Edson Fichter Nature Area Greenway Trail

Mink Creek Nordic Center Trail System

Sacajawea Park Greenway Trail

Mount Borah

Grand Teton


Snowshoe trails

Sledding Hill

Cross-country skiing


Payette River Trip

Snake River

Salmon River

Bear Lake


Beginner and Intermediate classes

Ross park rock climbing close to ISU campus


Annual Fun-Run series

Half marathon


Pebble Creek Ski Area (Inkom) 20 Miles

Sun Valley Resort 165 Miles

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area (Boise) 257 Miles

Grand Targhee Resort (Driggs) 133 Miles

Magic Mountain Resort (Twin Falls) 133 Miles

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (Jackson, WY) 140 Miles

Kelly Canyon Ski Resort (Ririe, Idaho) 78 Miles

Pomerelle Mountain Resort (Albion) 94 Miles

Powder Mountain (UT) 142 Miles

Snow Basin (UT) 153 Miles

Park City (UT) 195 Miles

Deer Valley (UT) 197 Miles