Dubbed the “Gateway to the Northwest,” Pocatello was considered an important stop as gold miners traveled the Oregon Trail.
Pocatello has been welcoming visitors since its establishment in 1889. With outdoor trails, family-friendly attractions, and the Portneuf River all in Pocatello, it’s no surprise when those visitors choose to stay and become Pocatellians themselves.
A jet charter airport in Pocatello takes visitors to an eclectic city. Historians will savor the historic downtown, the Idaho Museum of Natural History, and the Fort Hall Replica and Museum. Those wanting a unique museum experience should consider a visit to the Museum of Clean Pocatello. Where else can you see an extensive vacuum collection, or 74,000 square feet dedicated to the art of cleaning?
For those looking to get outside, Pocatello offers paved trails as well as rough terrain to explore on bikes, horses or ATVs. Pocatello enjoys four seasons, so snowshoers and snowmobilers won’t leave disappointed in the winter months! Anglers will enjoy the thirty-one reservoirs and lakes in the area that offer great ice fishing. For those who prefer to bask in the summer sun as they fish, make sure to check out Edson Fichter Pond or Massacre Rocks State Park.
If visitors are still looking for things to do, the Idaho Zoo, Ross Park Aquatic Park and Lava Hot Springs Mineral Pools are all family-friendly ways to spend the day in Pocatello. Once the sun sets, the city is home to a vibrant nightlife with local bands rocking out at cozy bars and larger events at the Performing Arts Center.