Because it is located in a natural break in the mountains and because it has been a major transportation hub since the days of the Oregon/California Trail, Pocatello became known as the “Gate City.” Stage coaches and freight wagons, then passenger and freight trains, headed for destinations north, west and south of us. The city became one of the largest railway centers in the west and the Union Pacific Railroad was an active partner for commercial rail service. Pocatello and Chubbuck have a combined population of about 70,000. Pocatello is the county seat for Bannock County.
Pocatello is located in southeastern Idaho at the intersection of Interstate Highways 15 and 86. Because of its prime location with Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole, Bridger-Teton National Forest and a number of great ski areas such as Sun Valley within a three-hour drive from us, many travelers make Pocatello a centralized “home base” for their vacations. It is only 160 miles north of Salt Lake City.
There is direct air service to Salt Lake City from Pocatello Regional Airport. Two bus services offer transportation to Salt Lake City every few hours, day and night, and to Boise three times a day.
Pocatello Regional Transit provides routine city buses and a special low cost point-to-point service for the disabled and elderly.