Travel Info

Travel Information

How to Get Here: The Simplot Games are held in Pocatello, Idaho at Holt Arena on the campus of Idaho State University. Teams arrive by car, bus, van and airplane. Air travelers can fly directly to the Pocatello Regional Airport (PIH) or may consider flying into the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) 150 miles south or the Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA) 50 miles north or the Boise Airport (BOI) 232 miles west and arrange for a car, van or shuttle bus.

Luggage Restrictions: Athletes should check luggage weight restrictions with the airlines. The option of shipping athletic gear by freight carrier may be cheaper than the airlines’ luggage fees. All shipped athletic gear must be sent to the hotel where the athletes will be staying – NOT Idaho State University or the Simplot Games offices. Prior arrangements must be made with each hotel. Pole-vaulters should be aware that the planes that fly into Pocatello cannot accommodate poles.

Shuttle Service to Pocatello: Salt Lake Express, a daily transportation service in the Intermountain West region, is a convenient way for air travelers to travel in and out of Pocatello on new, modern buses. For pricing and schedule information, log onto their website at www.saltlakeexpress.com to purchase your ticket or for team shuttle service.

  • Salt Lake City Airport / Pocatello Route:  There are many departures daily between the Salt Lake City airport and Pocatello. Travel time is approximately 2 hours, 45 minutes.
  • Idaho Falls Airport / Pocatello Route:  There are nine daily runs from the Idaho Falls airport to Pocatello, a 50 minute trip.  
  • Boise Airport / Pocatello Route:  Currently there are 2 daily runs from the Boise airport to Pocatello, a 3 hour 30 minute trip.  
  • Telephone reservations will be slightly higher, and can be obtained by calling 1-800-356-9796. Please save this number as it is the same number travelers call if their flights are delayed and shuttle times need to be adjusted.
  • Be sure to check for information, restrictions, change/cancellation policy, etc., by clicking on the ‘Information’ block on their home page and then on ‘Terms and Conditions.’
  • All passengers arriving in Pocatello will be dropped at the Salt Lake Express normal drop points – either the Maverik Gas Station and Convenience Store, at the East Clark exit 60, which is within short walking distance to the hotels in the East Clark area near the Holt Arena (Townplace Suites, Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express) or the Transit Depot located at 5815 S. 5th Ave. in Pocatello (Thunderbird and Econolodge).  Please plan your shuttle services accordingly.

Once You Are Here – Free Shuttle Service in Pocatello: Simplot Games provides free shuttle service between the Pocatello and Idaho Falls airports, Salt Lake Express drop off locations, local hotels and Holt Arena Wednesday-Sunday the week of the Games. Please call the Simplot Games Transportation dispatch at 208-830-8614 at least 24 hours BEFORE needed pick up. This is especially important on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. We are happy to get you where you need to go but ask that you help out our drivers by scheduling in advance. 

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the Games, shuttle vans will be located on the south side of Holt Arena. Check in with the drivers and they will take you where you need to go.