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Why Live Near Pocatello?

Also known as the Gateway to the Northwest, Pocatello is known for its resources, connections to nature, and welcoming environment. The Pocatello and Chubbuck areas (along with surrounding communities,) have a great number of assets to offer to local families.  Pocatello is Idaho’s fifth largest city. The city boasts numerous resources for everyone, from singles to young couples to growing families to retirees. Pocatello is a welcoming home to a diverse population – everyone will feel at home here! Pocatello’s cost of living is in the 90th percentile for affordability, across the United States. It is not uncommon for singles or newly married couples to find an attractive, affordable home in the Pocatello/Chubbuck area. The Mai Team is especially knowledgeable, with over fifty years of combined marketing experience, in helping every customer find a home that suits their needs.

View of the Pocatello Skyline

View of the Pocatello Skyline. Idaho State University. Holt Arena. Museum of Clean.

Pocatello Lifestyle and Community

Education in Pocatello

Pocatello has a great number of excellent schools. The city has an excellent public school system, as well as charter school, Montessori school, and private school options.  The Mai Team are proud alumni of Idaho State University, a school known for its doctoral research and teaching programs. ISU is set in the southern part of Pocatello and has more than 280 programs on campus, as well as programs in surrounding cities such as Meridian, Idaho Falls, and Twin Falls. Idaho State University is home to various impressive buildings, including the Stephens Performing Arts Center, as well as the indoor Holt Arena, both of which are hosts to various events open to the community.

Idaho State University - Holt Arena

Holt Arena at Idaho State University in Pocatello

Things To Do Outdoors in Pocatello

W Buckskin Rd. in Pocatello, Idaho

W Buckskin Rd. in Pocatello, Idaho

Hiking & Biking
Pocatello is a wealth of resources for those who love being outdoors. During the summer, hikers and bikers alike can enjoy the numerous surrounding trails without having to go too far. City Creek Trail is an especially popular location that leads right to the top of Kinsport Peak. Need to take your horse for a ride? City Creek welcomes equestrian riders on its trails, as well.  Would you prefer a more leisurely walk? Pocatello has recently built a state-of-the-art, outdoor complex, complete with amphitheater, walking trail, beach access, and fishing venue. Check out the new Portnuef Wellness Complex for a day out with the family, or for a quiet, relaxing stroll to end your day.

Pocatello Cycling and Hiking Trails

Cycling and Hiking Trails in Pocatello.


Golfers will have no shortage of ranges in the Pocatello area. Pocatello is home to a driving range, a country club, 2 municipal golf courses, and an indoor driving range, when those cold winter months are getting to you! Disc golfers, you aren’t forgotten in the Pocatello community! The city has 3 disc golfing ranges, University, Sister City Park, and Ross Park.

Highland Golf Course in Pocatello, ID

Highland Golf Course in Pocatello, ID

Fishing & Hunting

Do you enjoy fishing? Pocatello has numerous options for you. The nearby fish hatchery in American Falls keeps a regular trout-stocking schedule throughout the southeast part of the state that will help you bring home your catch of the day! The Edson Fitcher Pond provides a nice walking path, as well as docks for you to cast off your line. The Portneuf River (close to the Inkom and Lava Hot Springs communities,) and the Snake River (close to the American Falls Reservoir,) are popular locations for fly fishers and anglers.  The areas surrounding Pocatello also hold great opportunities for hunters. The mountains are home to mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep, and moose, for big game options. Small game includes ducks, pheasants, and geese, just to name a few. Head over to Scout Mountain, Mink Creek, or the Sawtooth Mountain range for a hunting adventure!

Fly Fishing the Snake River

Fly Fishing the Snake River

Winter Sports

In the winter seasons, the nearby Pebble Creek ski area offers hills for a variety of levels, from beginner to advanced. Snowboarders are also welcome to enjoy the slopes here, just south of Pocatello, near Inkom. Go just a little further south, and you’ll find Cherry Creek Ski area in Utah where you can ski and snowboard, but also snow tube, ice skate, and enjoy a warm, welcoming lodge.

Pebble Creek Ski Area near Pocatello, ID

Pebble Creek Ski Area near Pocatello, ID

Places To Go Near Pocatello

Yellowstone National Park

Pocatello itself is an excellent location, but getting away is important, too! Pocatello is the “Gateway to the Northwest,” for a variety of reasons. When you head north, you are only a few hours away from the entrance into Yellowstone National Park. Not up for a long drive? It takes just two and a half hours to drive to the Grand Tetons, a beautiful national park adjacent to Yellowstone and filled with just as many opportunities.

Lower Falls at Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Lower Falls at Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Salt Lake City, UT

Two and a half hours south of Pocatello is Salt Lake City. Salt Lake is filled with numerous interests that attract adults and children alike. From the Salt Lake Temple to the Leonardo Science Museum to the Great Salt Lake itself, Salt Lake City has something for everyone. Feeling a shopping trip? Check out the high-quality, indoor/outdoor City Creek Center, set right in the middle of town. You could also hit one of the world-class ski slopes on the outskirts of the city. Salt Lake City has beautiful accommodation choices for a weekend getaway.

Salt Lake City, Utah - Skyline

Salt Lake City, Utah – Skyline

Jackson Hole, WY

Two and a half to three hours Northeast of Pocatello, you’ll find Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Jackson is a popular but quiet destination that has something for everyone in the family.  It’s old-west square downtown offers boutique shopping for everyone.   Visit during the winter and you can take a sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge, where you can get up close and personal with thousands of wild elk or big horn sheep that make their annual pilgrimage to the site.  Just outside of town you can explore Grand Teton National Park, where you may just see bison, elk, bears, wolves, coyotes and many more wild animal species.  Finally, if you’re into winter sports, Jackson offers world-class skiing on some of North America’s most decorated peaks.

Grand Teton National Park in Jackson, WY

Grand Teton National Park in Jackson, WY

Idaho Falls, ID

If those sound too far away for you, but you still need some time away, don’t forget to check out Idaho Falls! Located just forty-five minutes north of Pocatello, Idaho Falls is a great location to get a bigger-city feel without feeling overwhelmed. There is no shortage of shopping locations in Idaho Falls! Needing a fun family activity? The Museum of Idaho is home to several fun exhibits for the whole family to enjoy.

Lava Hot Springs, ID

If you’re just needing a relaxing night after a tough week, the Mai team suggests a quick drive to Lava Hot Springs for a dip in the world-famous, natural hot pools. The hot pools are open 363 days a year (closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas,) and have four different pools, all of varying temperatures, so that everyone can enjoy a relaxing evening. Lava also offers tubing on the Portneuf River, an outdoor Olympic pool, an indoor pool, numerous overnight accommodations, and a unique downtown experience, complete with dining and shopping choices.


Places To Live Near Pocatello

If Pocatello isn’t quite what you’re looking for, here are some nearby communities to consider:

Chubbuck, ID

Chubbuck, nestled right alongside Pocatello, has numerous resources and beautiful, quiet residential neighborhoods. Chubbuck is home to a mall, a movie theatre, a noted community theatre, and a significant portion of the community’s dining and shopping locations.

Blackfoot, ID

About twenty-five minutes north of Pocatello is the small town of Blackfoot. Blackfoot is home to the Bannock County and Eastern Idaho State Fair. It’s a small town with big-town resources within a half-hour drive in either direction. Blackfoot also has a great park, perfect for family and community gatherings, called Jensen’s Grove. Jensen’s Grove is a great place for an afternoon walk or an all-day outing when you want to go swimming, boating, jet skiing, or picnicking.

Inkom, ID

Inkom is about twenty minutes south of Pocatello, and though small, is a great community. Inkom is another small town that is surrounded by larger cities with numerous resources. Inkom is also just minutes away from the Pebble Ski area, a great location when winter comes around!

Whether you’re looking to relocate to Pocatello or just curious about what the area has to offer, The Mai Team has a wealth of information about Pocatello that only life-long residents can provide.  We understand the ins-and-outs of the local real estate market, and can help you to successfully put down roots in Southeast Idaho.  We would love the opportunity to help you buy the home of your dreams.  Please give us a call: 208-243-4051 or find Pocatello homes for sale here.

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