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Pocatello, Idaho Travel Guide

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Pocatello, Idaho's second largest city (pop. 51,466), is located at one of the major interstate junctions in the American northwest, between I-15 and I-84. Always a hub for travelers, Pocatello was founded as a resupply point along the Oregon trail and later became an important stop on early western railroad lines. Named for a Shoshone Indian Chief, today Pocatello is largely populated by descendants of the Mormon settlers who came to this area in the 19th century.

With more than a fifth of its population made up of Idaho State University students and faculty, Pocatello has many of the trappings of a college town. A number of bars and restaurants with local flavor provide a little nightlife. Visitors also can visit museums, golf courses, a zoo, and a historic downtown district.

American Falls Reservoir, Idaho's largest body of water, is only a few miles from town, and boating, fishing, and other water recreation activities can be enjoyed both on the reservoir and the Snake River which forms it. The Pebble Creek ski area is a short drive from town, along with other outdoor recreation options in the Caribou National Forest.

Pocatello is located in southeastern Idaho, at the junction of I-15 and I-86. For more information about Pocatello, please select an area of interest from the buttons on the left.

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Challenging rock-climbing, world-class mountain bike trails, disc golf courses and an active Greenway are some of the outdoor offerings right in Pocatello. Learn to squeegee at the world’s only Museum of Clean, stand in awe of saber tooth cats and giant bison at the Idaho Museum of Natural History, float the lazy river at the aquatic center, shop charming Old Town, or see Grizzlies and the animals of Yellowstone up-close at the Pocatello Zoo. Between Salt Lake City and Yellowstone National Park on I-15, it’s an ideal place to spend the night. Visit Pocatello for fantastic dining, attractions, events and lodging.
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