Pocatello – A Wonderful Place to Play
If your were a Pocatello resident, you could leave work at 5:00 pm today and be on the ski slopes, mountain bike trail, golf course or on your favorite trout stream in 15 minutes which makes Pocatello – A Wonderful Place to Play.
Year round recreation includes:
Recreation in Pocatello
The Pocatello Parks and Recreation Department strives to serve the community with quality recreation programs, well-maintained parks, trails, and beautiful open spaces. Our aim is to help provide opportunities, activities and the facilities to bring pleasure to people’s lives. Our parks serve as a source of great community pride, and we are firm believers in the benefits recreation brings to both the years in one’s life and the life in those years.
The city park of Pocatello is called Ross Park. It includes the Aquatic Complex, the Pocatello Zoo, the Fort Hall Replica & Pocatello Junction Town Site, a skate park, playground equipment at Pleasureland, a band shell, a sand volleyball court, and plenty of room for picnics and playing.
Pocatello has two 18 hole municipal golf courses and a country club golf course.
There are more than 1,000 miles of recreational trails around Pocatello for biking, horseback riding, hiking, backpacking, and ATVs.
The Portneuf Greenway has nature filled trails at either end of the community and islands of green for ordinary pedestrians in the Historic Old Town area. It includes 13+ miles of walking and biking paths along the river in town. It is open to bikers with a courtesy eye out for runners and walkers. The Greenway provides a place for visitors and resident to ride bikes, hike, walk, jog and rollerblade making it a pleasant place to relax for everyone. For physically challenged people the Greenway provides easy access for a place to exercise and experience the natural beauty of Pocatello.
The Portneuf Wellness Complex was built to enhance and improve the health of Southeast Idaho. Some of the active play elements the complex includes are 6 full size multi-use sports fields and one isolated championship field, 2 basketball courts and a sand volleyball pit. A mountain bike park was built in to the existing terrain and a large children’s playground provides something for the younger crowd. A state-of-the-art amphitheater houses local events as well as big concerts, festivals and community events. As many as 11,000 people can enjoy these events while lying out on the large grassy hillside overlooking our beautiful mountain scenery. The amphitheater also overlooks a 7-acre lake with a swimming beach and fishing access. The entire complex is looped by almost 2 miles of 10′ wide paved walking paths. There are multiple restrooms, pavilions, concession stands, and parking areas. The complex is designed for all economic levels, all ages, and all abilities. It is a world class, unique facility to serve the broader community. In conclusion, there is something for everyone in a beautifully landscaped area designed in an eco-friendly way to minimize water and maintenance requirements.