Each Labor Day weekend the Pocatello Marathon heralds the beginning of autumn. Celebrating its 18th year, the marathon remains popular because of its fast-pace and scenic route. As a Boston Marathon qualifier, it attracts participants from all over the U.S. and the world. Another fall tradition is the nation’s oldest rock-climbing competition, the “Pocatello Pump” held each September. Rock-climbers scale as many routes as they can on the “Shady” or “Sunny” side of the basalt lava cliffs of Ross Park during two days of laughter and comradery. Known for its copious swag and the community it brings together, climbers travel from all over to participate annually.

 The city nestles into a valley with easily accessible mountains on three sides that are laced with world-class mountain biking, ATV and hiking trails for outdoor enthusiasts of every level. To the south, the forests of Mink Creek and Scout Mountain are minutes away. The City Creek Trail System is 52-miles of maintained trails for hikers and bikers on the doorstep of the west bench. The Portneuf Greenway trails run through the city for thirteen miles along the Portneuf River and lead to public land trailheads that surround the city. To the South, catch a rainbow trout in the Edson Fichter Nature Area pond or stroll the trails along the river. To the North, the 80-acre Portneuf Wellness Complex offers trails, basketball courts, soccer fields, a large fishing pond with a beach for swimming as well as an amphitheater for summer concerts.

 Idaho has a reputation as a sportsman’s paradise, and Southeast Idahoans enjoy plentiful hunting and fishing in Pocatello’s surrounding backcountry and public lands. Whether fishing for trophy trout or hunting for waterfowl, upland or big game, the options and close proximity will be a pleasant surprise. Both sportsmen (and women) and athletes find that Pocatello & Chubbuck offer a healthy quality of life with large running, biking, hunting, fishing and skiing communities. Activities offered throughout the year include the city’s summer fun-run series, the Scout Mountain Ultra Trail–a 50-mile course, and competitions in archery, road and mountain biking, shooting, disc golf, as well as skiing and snowboarding at nearby Pebble Creek Ski Area and the Mink Creek Nordic Center. For more details go to VisitPocatello.com