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Welcome to Bishop, California

Small Town with a Big Backyard

Welcome to Bishop, California

Small Town with a Big Backyard

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Bishop Hotel

Downtown Bishop Lodging

Whether on a relaxing fishing trip, outdoor adventure, or just passing through, Bishop is a wonderful place to stay. Find a room at a downtown Bishop Hotel, Hostel, Inn, Bed & Breakfast or venture up to Bishop Creek for a wonderful cabin experience.

Upcoming Events

Bob Bishop Trout Rodeo

Bishop Trout Rodeo

The Bishop Trout Rodeo is coming back to Bishop Feb. 4, 2023! This is a catch and release event brought to you by the Southwest Council Fly Fishers International. Check out the year-round California fishing opportunities in Bishop.

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Birding Hotspots of the Owens Valley

This brand new brochure presents several notable hotspots between Bishop and Olancha emphasizing a November through May season focusing on wintering species and spring migrants.

Pick your Path

IT’S TIME TO CHOOSE YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE: Travel Tips & Blog Stories

A Smorgasbord of Love on Valentine’s Day in Bishop

A Smorgasbord of Love on Valentine’s Day in Bishop

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love. Especially the love shared with a cherished partner. It’s a day to set aside time to spend with your partner and indulge a little, or a lot, in things that make you both happy. Bishop offers a unique experience for locals and visitors from near and far a chance to reconnect. It’s a wintertime playground for lovers of all ages and abilities to connect, not only with each other, but with nature. We’ve put together a Valentine’s Day itinerary for leisurely lovers and amorous adventurers of food, activity, relaxation, and gift giving. Take a look. You’ll love it!

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Climbing Conditions Weekly Report

Climbing Conditions Weekly Report

Updated 1/26/2023 It’s that time of week again! Here is the climbing conditions report for the coming weekend. As always, come down the PV Pit campground this Saturday for Climber’s Coffee from 8-10am.

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10 Perfect Places for Spring Camping around Bishop

10 Perfect Places for Spring Camping around Bishop

You’re getting the itch to go camping in the Eastern Sierra, but unless you’re the hardy winter camping sort it’s a little too early to head up into the high country. Perhaps you bought some new gear recently or you need to dust off the old stuff and get things...

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Only One Tank Away… Or None At All

Only One Tank Away… Or None At All

Maybe because it’s situated within a hundred miles of the highest AND lowest points in the contiguous points. Or that Bishop is in one of the least populated counties in the Golden State. For whatever reason, Bishop has one-of-a kind attractions that most zip by. Take a tour of the giant telescopes from the movie Arrival at the Owens Valley Radio Observatory. Learn about a chapter in the nation’s history unknown by many at the Manzanar National Historic Site. See the natural phenomena of the “sailing stones” in Death Valley that kept scientists baffled until 2014.

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Proudly Shout Our Middle Name On Your Next Vacation – This IS Bishop

Proudly Shout Our Middle Name On Your Next Vacation – This IS Bishop

Out of anywhere in the world, Bishop might be the epicenter of soaking up all the seasons’ offerings to the fullest. The changing of the seasons isn’t a short bang like most other places. Rather, it’s like a well-orchestrated symphony. Starting slowly and lasting for months with a crescendo. The spring wildflower bloom starts in February and lasts until July. Similar to spring’s slow opening, fall foliage begins in early September and finishes in November.

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Bishop Weekly Fly Fishing Report

Bishop Weekly Fly Fishing Report

Updated 1-27-2023 Wind has given way to warm days in the Owens Valley. Upper elevation waters are full of snow and fly fishers are snowmobiling, skiing, or snowshoeing to access the waters. Only the most diehard fly fishers are putting in the effort to fish upper elevation waters. Day light is getting longer by a little bit each day. Water temps are in the mid 40’s and the trout are not feeding aggressively. Working nymphs and thoroughly covering trout holding water is the most productive way of fly fishing right now.

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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Bishop is in Inyo County and Inyo County is following current guidance of CDPH. If you have hotel reservations, please take the time to check on Covid regulations, wildfire smoke conditions,highway conditions,fall colors, webcams, closures, business hours and safety guidelines. Feel free to give us a call if we can help in your planning process.

Transportation

Bishop is located in the very middle of California, where Highways 6 and 395 intersect and also offers public transportation and shuttle options. Whether you’re traveling from Southern or Northern California, or a major city in Nevada, you’ll drive 4 1/2 to 5 hours to reach Bishop. We hope you enjoy your journey!

Elevation

At 4,150 ft (1,260 m) above sea level, the natural environment of Bishop changes quickly from the high desert sage and arid climate of the wide open Owens Valley floor to an alpine wonderland of pine forest, rushing streams and gorgeous deep-blue lakes surrounded by the mighty mountain peaks of the Eastern Sierra.

Population

The “greater Bishop area,” which includes unincorporated nearby neighborhoods such as West Bishop, Meadow Creek-Dixon Lane, Wilkerson Ranch, Rocking K, Mustang Mesa and Round Valley includes an additional 11,000 residents.

Climate

If you need to warm your back, Bishop is a welcomed retreat with much (much) warmer weather than Mammoth. With 5.18″ average yearly precipitation and only 6 inches of snow, Bishop makes the perfect combo vacation – ski, golf, fish and bike year-round.