There is a lot to do in Idaho’s “Gateway to the West” with numerous cultural, recreational and outdoor opportunities within the city, or just minutes away.
Pocatello is home to Idaho State University. ISU provides undergraduate and graduate educational services not only in Pocatello but also at outreach centers in Idaho Falls, Twin Falls and Boise and to outlying communities via sophisticated two-way audio-video technology. The University also is home to the Idaho Museum of Natural History, the ISU Business and Research Park and the Idaho Accelerator Center. University facilities offer venues for musical and theatrical performances that attract audiences from throughout the area. The ISU campus also houses the Holt Arena, one of Idaho’s two indoor sports arenas.
Pocatello is conveniently situated for easy access to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks for skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, and hunting.
A recreational opportunity in Pocatello is a 26 foot, 60,000 gallon swimmable aquarium stocked with fresh water tropical fish. It is open to the public, and is staffed with professionals trained in scuba instruction. A popular attraction is the Bannock County Museum, with displays which include railroad memorabilia, American Indian exhibits and pioneer artifacts. The museum is open year-round with limited winter hours.
The Cherry Springs Nature Trail site includes three self-guided nature trails with over 50 interpretive signs, two learning centers and an amphitheater. Enjoy 9.9 miles of moderate to strenuous loop riding on paved road, single and double track on the City Creek-Outlaw Springs Mountain Bike Trail. It is also popular with hikers, joggers, horseback riders and motorcyclists.
For skiing and snowmobile enthusiasts, there are nordic ski trails and 250 miles of snowmobile trails in Bannock, Power and Caribou counties.
Don’t miss visiting the Pocatello Zoo. All the animals are native to North America’s Intermountain West. The Pocatello Zoo may be the first, or only, place where many of our visitors could see a wild animal up close. Learning about these animals and their habitats, as well as watching their behavior, may connect visitors with the natural world.