Introduction to Pocatello, Idaho
Pocatello, Idaho, in Bannock county, is located 443 miles NW of Denver, Colorado.
Pocatello was originally inhabited by the Shoshoni and Bannock Indians. In fact, the city was named after a Shoshoni chief. The area was first settled by the Europeans in the early 19th century. Fort Hall, which is located in the north of the present day city of Pocatello, was established 1834, by a U.S. fur trader called Nathaniel Jarvis Wyeth. Gold was discovered in Idaho in 1860, which brought a large wave of U.S. settlers in Pocatello. It is the county seat of Bannock County, which was founded on March 6, 1893.
Pocatello and nearby Attractions
- Bannock County Historical Museum
- Pocatello Zoo
- Idaho Museum of Natural History
- Fort Hall
- Westwood Mall
Things To Do In Pocatello
Pocatello is home to more than 30 parks including the Freckleton Park, Bonneville Park, Scardino Park, and Fairview Park. The Bannock County Historical Museum and Idaho Museum of Natural History are also nearby. At the Pocatello Zoo, one can see all the native species of animals and birds of the Rocky Mountains. Nordic Skiing and snowmobiling can be enjoyed at the Mink Creek Nordic Ski Complex, Scout Mountain - Mink Creek, and at the Pebble Creek Ski Area. The Pocatello Mall and Westwood Mall are the local shopping centers.
Pocatello Regional Airport offers facilities for air transportation.
Pocatello Higher Education
Idaho State University is located in the city. Ricks College, Weber State University, and Utah State University also offer opportunities for higher studies.