Picabo, Idaho

Picabo, Idaho
Hills, mountains, and irrigated fields of Picabo
Country  United States
State  Idaho
County Blaine County
Physiographic region Snake River Plain
Elevation 1,475 m (4,839 ft) [1]
Coordinates 43°18′21″N 114°04′04″W / 43.30583°N 114.06778°W / 43.30583; -114.06778Coordinates: 43°18′21″N 114°04′04″W / 43.30583°N 114.06778°W / 43.30583; -114.06778
Area 103.5 km2 (40 sq mi)
Population 128 (2000)
Government unincorporated community
Timezone Mountain Standard Time (MST) (UTC-7)
 - summer (DST) Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) (UTC-6)
Postal code 83348
Area code 208

Picabo /ˈpkəb/ is an unincorporated community in Blaine County, Idaho, United States. Picabo is located along U.S. Highway 20, about 10 km (6 mi) west of Carey, 31 km (19 mi) southeast of Hailey, and 50 km (31 mi) northeast of Shoshone. It has a gas station, country store, post office, and a small airport. The community is surrounded by large ranches and irrigated fields. The 2000 US census for this zip code shows a population of 128 in 56 housing units in 40 square miles (104 km2).

Picabo is located about 56 miles (90 km) north of the Snake River along the northern edge of the Snake River Plain, a topographic depression that cuts across the Basin and Range Mountain structures of southern Idaho. The nearest flowing stream is Silver Creek, a scenic spring-fed tributary of the Little Wood River, a key source of irrigation water for eastern Blaine County. The pristine Silver Creek is renowned among fly fisherman and was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway, who enjoyed hunting and fishing along the stream with local rancher Bud Purdy.[2] The name "Picabo" supposedly derives from a Native American term translated as "silver water".[3] The name “Picabo” was made familiar by Picabo Street, an Olympic skier who grew up in nearby Triumph.[4]


  1. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Picabo
  2. Miller, M. "Hemingway Memorial: celebrating a Silver Creek Legacy". The Nature Conservancy. Retrieved 8 May 2010.
  3. Boone, L.P. 1988. Idaho place names: a geographical dictionary. Moscow, Idaho : University of Idaho Press, p. 293.
  4. Fanselow, J. 2006. Idaho Off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places, 6th Edition. Morris Book Publishing, p. 171.
Hemingway bird-hunting at Silver Creek near Picabo, with Gary Cooper and local Bobbie Peterson

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