Where to Eat in Pocatello
Tortilla chips and fresh salsa verde accompany tasty staples such as carnitas tacos, pork tamales, and cheese-draped enchiladas at this low-key Mexican cantina. 445 N. Arthur Ave.
Portneuf Valley Brewing
Slinging suds with names such as Twisted Stick Amber Ale and Ligertown Lager, the microbrewery also serves salads and handcrafted pizzas. Grab a pint and head upstairs for live music on Friday and Saturday nights. 615 S. First Ave.
Sumisu Asian Fusion and Sushi
Fans of raw fish will find a selection of sashimi and nigiri at this contemporary spot, along with bento boxes neatly packed with tonkatsu pork and teriyaki salmon. 309 E. Center St.
City Creek Management Area Trail System
During mild winters, mountain and wide-tire bike riders roam the 50-mile network of hiking and riding trails dotted with bridges, all within Pocatello’s city limits.
East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center
Along with classic and skate-style cross-country ski trails, the sports hub features separate snowshoe trails, a sledding hill, and a 30-foot warming yurt that doubles as an overnight rental. Wildlife lovers will enjoy touring the relatively flat Creekside Loop, where they’ll have chances to spot beavers, deer, and moose.
Lava Hot Springs
Outside of the city, escape winter’s chill in this resort town that’s home to outdoor rock- and gravel-bottomed geothermal pools connected by heated walkways.
Pebble Creek Ski Area
Twenty miles southeast of Pocatello atop Bonneville Peak, the highest point in the Portneuf Range, Pebble Creek attracts skiers and boarders with its 1,100 acres of steep terrain.