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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.

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During wildfire season, we get many inquiries about Bishop and the adjoining area’s wildfire status, air quality, and smoke conditions. Just zoom into Bishop, California to get a good idea of what fires are occurring in the immediate area, their size, suppression status, and more.

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Be sure to check current weather and road conditions.  In winter months, desert passes may be flooded, snowy roadways may be closed or require traction devices to travel north of Bishop. All motor vehicles, including AWD and 4WD must carry traction devices in winter. Tioga Pass (120 to Yosemite) is typically closed November – May.

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Upcoming Events

Relive history and take a ride on a 1920s Motor Car.

Train Rides at Laws

Relive History on the Death Valley Brill Car train rides at Laws Railroad Museum and Historical Site
Bishop California Hotel Lodging

Eastern Sierra Tour (E.S.T.)

The highest, lowest, hottest, oldest, saltiest, rockiest, earliest, purest, strangest, loneliest, and wildest 555-mile road trip in America.

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

Bishop Fly Fishing Report

Bishop Fly Fishing Report

Updated 7/5/2024 Bishop Creek Fishing Report Updated plus Sierra Bright Dot’s report of Owens River, Crowley, Hot Creek and more; hatching insects, warm days, mosquitoes and feeding fish makes fly fishing the Eastern Sierra the place to be. Summer time is the time to camp and fly fish on the waters of the Eastern Sierra. Hatching mayflies, caddis flies, stone flies and midges is fueling the trout’s ravaging appetite.

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Must Experience Festivals of Bishop

Must Experience Festivals of Bishop

While Bishop’s big backyard may attract you to visit, to really catch a glimpse of the soul of the Eastern Sierra and Bishop itself you need to set aside time and take in an event. Ranging from electrifying music festivals to the nation’s longest non-motorized parade, take a close look at some of the bigger annual events that you may not even know happen throughout the year.

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Summer

Summer

It’s true. Bishop can reach triple digits in the summer. However, unlike other areas burdened by urban heat islands or tropical climates, you’ll always find times or places to enjoy the outdoors comfortably. Tucked in a high desert valley between two imposing mountain ranges, Bishop offers an extensive list of summer activities as vast as the mountains themselves. Whether you’re eight or eighty, here are some adventures everyone can relish, ensuring your summer trip is filled with unforgettable memories.

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Bishop Home To California’s 14ers

Bishop Home To California’s 14ers

For those aspiring to conquer towering peaks like Mt Whitney, there’s no better starting point than White Mountain. Located approximately 50 miles from Bishop, it’s regarded as one of the “easiest” 14ers to hike in the lower 48. This makes it an ideal choice for first timers. Why? You can complete the hike in a single day without the need for overnight backpacking or camping. However, don’t be fooled— the trailhead starts at 12,000 feet and entails an elevation gain of over 2,500 feet! In other words, it’s a challenge worthy of anyone’s pride. It’s no wonder it’s considered one of the 8 best hikes near Bishop.

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How to Pet a Mule (or a burro or a horse)

How to Pet a Mule (or a burro or a horse)

Drive just about any backroad near Bishop, California during the winter months and you'll see herds of horses and mules out in pasture. Drive that same backroad during the summer and those pastures are likely to be empty, raising the question, "Where did they go?" The...

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Summer Camps

Summer Camps

As the school year comes to an end, summer offers your children the freedom to explore their interests. While freedom is good, why not give them something to look forward to this season? Enroll them in one of the many summer camps for kids taking place in the Eastern Sierra. They’ll forge new friendships, boost their confidence, and most importantly, return home with cherished memories. And while they’re enjoying themselves, seize the day by indulging in some “me” time by exploring Bishop and its expansive outdoor playground.

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Part Paved, Part Dirt – All Fun – Bishop Big Loop Auto Tour

Part Paved, Part Dirt – All Fun – Bishop Big Loop Auto Tour

Highway 395 is arguably one of the greatest strips of asphalt for a road trip. It provides you access to “The Land of -Est.” Such as the Tall-EST peak in the lower 48, the Low-EST point on the continent or even Old-EST trees on the planet, just to name a few. If you’ve seen these attractions or want to really experience the Eastern Sierra, take it a step further and hit the Bishop Big Loop Auto Tour.

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A Backpackers Paradise – Bishop In All Its Splendor 

A Backpackers Paradise – Bishop In All Its Splendor 

If there’s a place on Earth that’s perfectly suited for backpacking, it’s the Eastern Sierra. The Sierra Nevada receives nearly 300 days of sunshine. Wonderfully pleasant temps in the summer as well as into fall. And on top of it all, you’ll find serene lakes with nary a person round. Eye popping granite peaks to take in. And an adventure you’ll remember for the rest of your life. No matter your age, fitness level, or experience, there’s a way for you to enjoy backpacking in Bishop on your own terms. Don’t miss out on exploring deeper into Bishop’s expansive wilderness this summer. 

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Pedal Into A Bishop Gravel Ride

Pedal Into A Bishop Gravel Ride

Bishop is legendary for its road biking. The perfect basecamp for visitors and residents alike to get outside and ride pretty much year-round. You’ll also find that the roads are so lightly trafficked that you may not see another soul or encounter a traffic light or stop-sign for many miles. But if you really want to delve into the unknown, consider heading out on a gravel grinder. 

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Manzanar Pilgrimage 

Manzanar Pilgrimage 

Every year on the last Saturday of April, individuals from all walks of life set off from Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo and various parts of the country to reach the Manzanar historical site, just south of the town of Bishop. This pilgrimage, now known as the Manzanar...

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2024 Blake Jones Recap

2024 Blake Jones Recap

Lucky winners took home nice prizes including float tubes, Yeti coolers, rod & reel combos and tons of other great gear provided by the event’s ever-generous co-sponsors. The derby is an important tradition for visitors as well as locals. “We want to make sure that it’s sustainable so upcoming generations can enjoy the fishing fun. We’ve added a category for catch & release and a special raffle prize for those who pick up trash while they are out fishing. And we always purchase and plant far more fish than are usually caught at the derby

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Inyo Register
P.O. Box 787
Bishop, CA 93515
760-873-3535
www.inyoregister.com

KMMT/KRHV Radio 106.5 FM
PO Box 1284
94 Laurel Mountain Rd
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
760-934-8888
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Sierra Wave Media/KSRW
Radio Alt 92.5 FM /TV 3/ SierraWave.net
1280 N. Main Street
Bishop, CA 93514
760-873-5329
www.SierraWave.net