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Southeast Idaho

Southeastern Idaho is a destination for outdoor lovers, and it’s no secret why. Hike to a hidden mountain lake, explore miles of hiking and biking trails, visit the Idaho Potato Museum and end the day with a hot spring soak. History seekers will find sites and museums connected to the Oregon Trail throughout this area as well as the Fort Hall Replica.

    Cities & Towns

  • Pocatello
  • Lava Hot Springs
  • Soda Springs
  • Montpelier
  • Downey
  • Blackfoot
  • Preston
  • Malad City

Take the Road Less Traveled

Southeast Idaho is brimming with unexpected discoveries … Start your journey in Pocatello, and venture off the beaten path to uncover a treasure trove of nearby adventures.

Learn About Idaho’s Native Nations

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are one of five federally recognized tribes in Idaho. Learn more about the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes at the Fort Hall Reservation or the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Museum.

Need Help Planning Your Next Adventure?

Here you’ll find frequently asked questions about southeastern Idaho.

Are there hot springs in southeastern Idaho?

Yes. Take a dip at Lava Hot Springs World Famous Hot Pools, Downata Hot Springs, Indian Springs Resort and RV Park, Bear River Hot Springs, Maple Grove Hot Springs.

Where can I find fall colors?

Try the City Creek Trail System or the Mink Creek Area.

What historic sites or museums can I explore?

National Oregon/California Trail Center, Historic Chesterfield, Butch Cassidy Museum, Fort Hall Replica & Museum, Paris Tabernacle, Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Museum, Massacre Rocks State Park, & Museum of Clean.

Are there good locations for birdwatching in southeastern Idaho?

Yes. A variety of terrain including marshes, lakes, sagebrush steppe, and mountain vistas makes this part of the state ideal for birdwatching. Check out this guide for location and bird information.

Where can I find unique geologic or natural attractions?

Explore Minnetonka Cave, Bear Lake, Formation Springs Preserve, Soda Springs Geyser, Hooper Springs, and Tin Cup Canyon.

What is there to do in the winter?

Explore 600 miles of ski and snowmobiling trails at Pebble Creek Ski Area, or try Nordic skiing and snowshoeing, and ice fishing for Bonneville Cisco which are found nowhere else on earth.

Can you off-road/ATV in southeastern Idaho?

There are more than 1,000 miles of motorized recreational trails available. Caribou Loop Trail, Birch Creek and Bloomington Canyon are just a few of the great locations to explore.

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The Scenic Route

Pack up the car and discover the magic of southeastern Idaho’s scenic byways:

Pioneer Historic Byway Oregon Trail–Bear Lake Scenic Byway
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Getting to
Southeast Idaho

Maps & Guides

Planning your Idaho getaway couldn’t be easier with our free travel guides and maps. Inspiration and information at your fingertips.

Head in the Clouds

Flying to Idaho? Check out Pocatello Regional Airport in Pocatello, Idaho Falls Regional Airport in Idaho Falls, Magic Valley Regional Airport in Twin Falls, or the Boise Airport in Boise for the most convenient access.

Places to Stay

From camping under the stars to cozy cabins, vacation rentals and hotels, find the accommodation that fits your every need.

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