Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Idaho Falls and Pocatello Ranked in the Top 5 of Outdoor Life's Top 200 Towns

Idaho towns were well represented in Outdoor Life's 2nd Annual Top 200 Towns for Sportsmen.

Lewiston was the top ranked town, followed by Idaho Falls at third and Pocatello at fifth for the most affordable, thriving, and "perfectly wild" towns in America. Outdoor Life considered factors such as cost of living, amenities, fishable and huntable species, trophy potential, and proximity to public access.

"According to Outdoor Life, "Idaho Falls straddles the Upper Snake River and is located in one of the most game-rich areas of the country....Legendary blue ribbon trout streams—including the Henry’s Fork, the South Fork of the Snake, the Beaverhead, the Madison, Silver Creek and the Big Hole—abound in the area, providing anglers with a different river to float or wade nearly every day of the week."

The magazine calls Pocatello, home to Idaho State University, "the rare college town with a true outdoors vibe." They say that "Pocatello’s location at the intersection of Interstates 15 and 86 gives residents easy access to the natural wonder of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, and the big-city offerings of Salt Lake City and Boise."

Other Idaho towns to make the list include Hailey, Couer d'Alene, Payette, Orofino, and Rexburg. Check out the article here.

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