Pocatello was named after a Chief of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes who donated land the city now occupies to the Railroad. Pronouncing the name is easier than you think; try poke-uh-tello. Our neighbor to the North is Chubbuck and it’s easy too; Chub (as in a tiny bit overweight) uck (like a truck).                                          

How big is Pocatello and Chubbuck?

Pocatello has a population of approximately 54,000 and Chubbuck which is separated only by a city limits sign, has a population of approximately 14,000.

Does a river run through there?

Yes, a river runs through it. The Portneuf joins the far more famous Snake River at American Falls reservoir just north of  the city. Unlike most rivers in the United States, the Portneuf flows to the north.   

Are the nights cold?

We are both high and dry which means the temperature at night is commonly 30 or more degrees (F) below daytime highs. Bring something with long sleeves.    

How do I get there?

Driving will expose you to scenery, which runs from merely interesting to spectacular. Or book one of several daily flights to Pocatello Regional Airport through Delta Airlines.   

Do I need a car?

No. Several hotels offer shuttle service, taxis are available, and there is a bus service. However, if you want to explore, and we recommend it, you’ll want to get a rental. 

Can I bring my friends?

That depends on how many friends you have. We have 1200 rooms, so unless you are very, very popular we can handle it.