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About Pocatello

Cheif Pocatello Statue

The Pocatello metropolitan area is home to approximately 85,000 people. With Idaho State University and several large industries, Pocatello serves as the educational and commercial center for Eastern Idaho.

Pocatello offers shopping, theater, movies, museums, parks, golf courses, and a zoo, as well as a hot springs resort and ski area within 1/2 hour drives. The Fort Hall Reservation, home to the Shoshone-Bannock tribes, houses a tribal museum. Pocatello is the annual host to numerous national events and touring performances.


Dry Mountain Climate


Pocatello is at an elevation of 4,450 feet in the moderately broad valley of the Portneuf River, a tributary of the Snake River. Rolling hills bordering Pocatello rise approximately 1,000 feet above the valley, while mountains within a few miles to the south reach elevations of 9,260 feet.

Pocatello has a dry climate, with the cool winters and mild summers that are typical of the Intermountain West. Average annual precipitation is 10-12 inches with 42.7 inches of snowfall.


Outdoor Recreation Paradise


Pocatello's setting among unspoiled mountains and streams is an outdoorsman's paradise. Abounding with mountains, cliffs, lakes, rivers, and natural hot springs, the Pocatello region offers endless recreational adventures such as hunting, rock climbing, water skiing, rafting, hot tubbing in natural springs, swimming, snow skiing, hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, and horse riding. Fishing opportunities abound among the dozens of reservoirs, ponds, lakes, streams, and rivers that cover SE Idaho.


What can I do on my day off?


Farm Market

  • Farmers Market
  • Art Walk
  • Revive @ 5 Wednesday concerts
  • Westside Players Dinner Theater
  • Zoo Events
  • Ross Water Park


Rock Climbing

  • Sagebrush Arts Fest
  • Wildflower Festival
  • Bannock County Bluegrass Festival
  • Shoshone-Bannock Festival Pow-Wow
  • Pocaroo Music Festival
  • Grapes & Hops on the Greenway
  • RiverFest
  • Pioneer Day Celebration
  • Oktoberfest at the Brewery

Stephens Arts Performing Center


  • Theater
  • Symphony
  • Concerts
  • Dance / Ballet


Idaho State University


  • Summer Concert Series
  • International Dinners & Festival
  • Sports Events
  • Natural History Museum
  • Craft Shop
  • Outdoor Adventure Center (outdoor info & gear rentals)
  • Movie theater
  • Game Center
  • Lectures

Immediate Area

A Place To Swim

  • Pebble Creek Ski Area: Pebble Creek has year-round activities. Ski or snowboard in the winter and then go again in the summer for the Wildflower Festival.
  • Mink Creek Area with Winter Nordic Center: The Mink Creek area has year-round access for camping, hiking, and off-roading in the summer. The Nordic Center has a full service rental center for cross-county skiing and snow shoeing.
  • Gate City Grays BaseBall Team: Our local semi-professional baseball team. Enjoy a great summer's evening!
  • Lava Hot Springs: Take a soothing plunge in Idaho's World Famous Hot Springs. These 110-degree natural hot water springs are sulfur-free, odor-free and chlorine-free. Enjoy the Olympic-size swimming and diving pool or rent some tubes and float down the Portneuf River through town.

What can I do on my weekend off?

Bear Lake

Bear Lake has some of the bluest water in Idaho with sandy beaches, campgrounds, fishing, swimming, scuba diving, sailing and wind surfing. Just west of the Bear Lake community of St. Charles is the incredible Minnetonka Cave.

Craters of the Moon National Park

Craters of the Moon is a volcanic wonderland that is fun to explore. An ocean of unearthly landscapes and lava tube cave exploration for almost everyone.

Sun Valley

Sun Valley is located in the Sawtooth Wilderness. The wilderness is home to more than 300 alpine lakes, which provide ample opportunities for fishing and hiking. It is a premier ski resort which draws people from around the world. Secluded guest ranches, motels, resorts and gift shops are plentiful.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson is a historic town that will simply amaze you. It includes two ski areas and several galleries, shops, theaters, motels and resorts. The nearby historic Elk refuge allows visitors to view winter feeding of migrating elk.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is America's oldest and largest national park. Camp, backpack, hike or bicycle while you enjoy the wildlife, hot springs, paint pots, geysers, canyons, rivers, waterfalls and, of course, Old Faithful.

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park encompasses some of the most spectacular scenery in all of North America. This park includes 10 mountain summits which tower more than a vertical mile above the flat valley floor. Glaciers cling to mountain faces and jewel-like lakes sparkle in the bright alpine sun. Elk, bison, moose, bald eagles, and trumpeter swans can be seen. Canoe rentals, mountain climbing classes, float trips and scenic walks are all offered at the park.