Summer Fun in Pocatello
May 30th, 2022
Summer is almost officially here, have you started planning how to spend it? Pocatello, Idaho has a lot to offer for summer activities and we are excited to share with you some ideas!
Take a Dive
Swimming is such a fun thing to do in the summer, Pocatello has a lot of options for taking the kids for a swim.
Ross Park Aquatic Complex has a children’s play area with lily pads, a lazy river, and a zero-depth play area for smaller children. There is also a water slide for the older kids and adults. The pool opens each day at noon and season passes are available. Ross Park Aquatic Complex is located at 2901 South 2nd Ave.
Bannock Reservoir at the Wellness Complex is a man-made lake free to use all summer long. There are no lifeguards on duty but there are a lot of shallow areas for the kids to play safely. Chubbuck Road and Olympus Drive is where you will find this beautiful lake for summer swims.
Stuart Park Splash Pad is a great option if you do not want to worry about deep water. This free splash pad is great for the little kiddos and is located at 5177 Stuart Ave.
If rock climbing is something you are interested in but are not quite sure how to get started, the Parks and Recreation Department offers classes for adults and children.
Idaho State University has climbing equipment available on Thursday evenings and if you have your own equipment you can climb any time.
The Lava Cliffs at Ross Park are the perfect height for bouldering or a quick climb.
Shady Side offers plenty of shade from huge trees on the trail and is located off of 4th Ave.
Walking, Hiking, or Bike Riding
The trails around Pocatello range in difficulty with some taking you up a mountain and others going through neighborhoods.
Portneuf Greenway Trails offer paved trails to walk or bike through and are a nice addition to the city. Several of the trails are shaded while others may be better in the morning or evening. City Creek Trails are a network of trails on the west side of the city in an area surrounding City Creek Canyon. There are over 50 miles of trails, and this is a popular area for biking and hiking. The main trail is near the water and if you venture off to the side trails you are rewarded with the feeling of almost being alone. It is difficult to believe you are in the city when you are on these trails.
Stairway to Heaven is a stone staircase and a way to get an amazing view of Old Town Pocatello. The staircase is located close to 400 South Lincoln Ave and is within a subdivision.
Cherry Springs Nature Trail is not very steep or long so this is a great place to bring younger children to introduce them to hiking. Plants are labeled along the way to learn a bit about nature as you hike. This trail is located south of the valley on Mink Creek Road.
Go to a Play
In the summer Idaho State University puts on a play in June and admission typically ranges from $10-$20. Old Town Actors Studio offers a play in June as well and is located at 427 North Main Street. Palace Playhouse is a dinner theater located at 158 East Chubbuck Road and depending on the night you are able to get dinner and a show!
Edson Fichter Nature Area is inside the city limits but has gorgeous views of the mountains. Just a short trail from the parking lot to the Portneuf River to fish in the community fishing pond.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game provides free fishing supplies even for those without gear and licenses. Just look for the Take Me Fishing Trailer as it makes many stops around the state of Idaho. In the summer months, it is usually in Southeast Idaho and you can check the website for the times and locations of the trailer.
These are just some of the fun activities that Pocatello, Idaho has to offer! Zoos, picnics, libraries, and museums are some other ideas to plan for this summer. Pocatello has a lot to offer and we hope you enjoy some of these ideas as much as we do!