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Pocatello, ID, The Gateway to the Northwest, was founded in 1889. Getting its start as a trade center and transportation junction, Pocatello continues to fill those roles. With easy interstate access (I-15 and I-86 intersect here), a regional airport with multiple daily flights, and an active rail system, Pocatello is not only the Gate City, but is also one of Idaho’s best kept secrets!

Pocatello Facts

  • Forbes recognized Pocatello as a “Best Small Place for Business” six years in a row.
  • Glassdoor Research listed Pocatello in the top 30 cities in the nation for best economic recovery from the Great Recession.
  • Pocatello was ranked 2nd on Forbes Cost of Doing Business index.
  • NerdWallet calls Pocatello one of the Best Small Cities in America.
  • Primary Relocation and World ERC. Claim Pocatello as one of the top ten small places to move and raise a family.
  • AARP ranks Pocatello as one of the top cities in the U.S. to retire.

Other Places of Interest

  • Ross Park Aquatic Center
  • Ross Park Skate Park
  • The Outback Golf Park
  • 3 Golf Courses (1 private-2 public)
  • Pocatello Zoo
  • Fort Hall Replica
  • Idaho’s Museum of Natural History
  • Idaho State University
  • Kizuna Garden
  • Disc Golf Courses
  • Brooklyn’s Playground
  • Deleta Indoor Skating Rink
  • Old Town Pocatello

Living here has its perks, but so does a quick visit. With over 1,600 beds to rest in, from luxury hotels to themed suites to RV camping or yurts, there’s no reason to not stay an extra day or two as you enjoy all things Pocatello.

Outdoor enthusiasts are never bored here. With accommodating weather in every season, it’s easy to enjoy our local ski hill, Pebble Creek, and the hundreds of miles of groomed trails for Nordic Skiing just south of Pocatello. Our Mink Creek Nordic Ski Complex provides groomed trails and equipment rental. We also have over 250 miles of groomed snowmobile trails.

Pocatello isn’t just for winter enthusiasts. We’ve got world-class mountain biking trails and back country hiking. With more than 1,000 miles of recreational trails around Pocatello for biking, horseback riding, hiking, backpacking, and ATVs, there’s never time to be bored around here. The Portneuf Greenway includes 13+ miles of accessible walking and biking paths throughout our community. The new Portneuf Wellness Complex is an 80-acre multi-use world-class complex. Recently opened, this complex features several multi-use fields, outdoor volleyball and basketball courts, walkways, an urban fishing pond, swimming beach and an amphitheater to seat 11,000 for concerts and other outdoor events.

Our local university, Idaho State University, is home to the country’s first covered football stadium built on a college campus. Holt Arena, affectionately known as the mini-dome, seats close to 12,000. Tail gating fills the parking lot pre-game; fans fill the seats to cheer on our ISU Bengals! We also host the Simplot Games (the country’s largest indoor, high-school track meet), among many other events.

The University is also home to the L.E. & Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. This was ranked number four of the 25 most amazing university performing art centers by bestvalueschools.com. It includes the 1,149-seat, state-of-the-art, acoustically sound Jensen Grand Concert Hall; the 430-seat Bistline Thrust Theatre; the 200-seat flexible artistic Rogers Black Box Theatre; and the remarkable Marshall Family Rotunda.

Whether you call Pocatello your home, your destination or your resting stop, we know you’ll enjoy your time here.

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