Nestled between Moscow Mountain and the rolling hills of the Palouse, Moscow is located in beautiful northern Idaho. Small-town friendliness meets a great location for higher education, Moscow being home to the University of Idaho, with Washington State University just across the state line.

After settlers arrived in 1871, the town became know as “Paradise Valley”. In 1877, Samuel Neff filed for a postal permit under the name of Moscow because the area reminded him of his hometown of Moscow, Pennsylvania – not Moscow, Russia as some may be likely to presume!

In 1875, the city’s first store was opened on what is now Main Street. Like many western towns Moscow grew with the arrival of the railroad, in 1885. The town became incorporated two years later and was chosen as the site for a land-grant institution, the University of Idaho as Idaho achieved statehood in 1890.


Moscow Today

The current Moscow is a community of about 22,000 people and is the personification of “small-town” friendliness. What makes Moscow a gem is that in addition to its small-town charm, this college town also provides a rich assortment of cultural and recreational activities. A mild climate, clean air, a hub for higher education, Moscow attracts a diverse group of residents and visitors. We invite you to visit the “Palouse” and experience a true undiscovered paradise!


Not only a center for learning, Moscow is a great place for those who love the outdoors as well. Camping, mountain biking, snowmobiling, fishing and skiing abound, with some of the best big game and upland game hunting in the world located nearby. Moscow is also the “Heart of the Arts”– with the annual Jazz Festival, live music on the town, the Rendezvous in the Park, and summer theatre.


Camping, Fishing and More

Opportunities for camping, fishing and more abound right at hand in Moscow! “The Palouse” is a region covering approximately 16,000 square kilometers of land in northwestern Idaho, southeastern Washington and eastern Oregon. The Palouse region encompasses the rolling, fertile hills of the Palouse prairie, as well as the more southerly Camas Prairie and the forested hills and canyon lands of the area’s rivers. An area rich for nature experiences!

Moose Creek and Spring Valley Reservoirs are favorite fishing holes for local residents. Located just east of Moscow these small reservoirs are stocked with trout and bass. To preserve the environment, boats with electric motors only, please. Picnic tables, campsites, docks, and restrooms are available at both sites.


Palouse Falls State Park is a hidden oasis for the visitor! West of Pullman, Washington, a drive just off the beaten path takes you to an unbelievable view of the falls that cascade 198 feet into a round salt-rock canyon. The park features hiking trails, picnic tables, restrooms, sites for overnight camping, and ADA parking.

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