About Pocatello

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The Pocatello metropolitan area is home to approximately 65,000 people. With Idaho State University and several large industries, Pocatello serves as the educational and commercial center for Eastern Idaho with its economy driven by research, food production and processing, semiconductor design, wafer fabrication, medical manufacturing, metal fabrication, data processing and telecommunications. As a University town the population shows a wide cultural diversity. There are active and welcoming congregations serving all the major religious denominations.

Pocatello offers shopping, theatre, 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.



Pocatello: Gate City

Downtown Scenery

Named for Chief Pocatello with a history rich in Native American culture, the area became popular with fur trappers and traders once Lewis and Clark sent back reports of the many riches in the region. In 1832 the Hudson Bay Company established a permanent settlement at nearby Fort Hall, which later became a supply point for immigrants traveling the Oregon Trail. Known as the "Gate City" due to its strategic location at a natural break in the mountains, Pocatello has long been a natural transportation center for Western settlement, for the railroad and as a highway crossroads.



Dry Mountain Climate


Pocatello is situated at an elevation of 4,450 feet above sea level 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


At an elevation of 4,450 feet, Pocatello's setting among unspoiled mountains and streams is an outdoorsman's paradise. Maybe that's why Pocatello ranked No. 2 in Outdoor Life's Best Towns 2010 for hunters and fishermen. 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 Southeast Idaho.


What can I do on my day off?


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Immediate Area

A Place To Swim


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.


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