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Welcome to Bishop, California

Small Town with a Big Backyard

Welcome to Bishop, California

Small Town with a Big Backyard

Welcome to Bishop, California

Small Town with a Big Backyard

Welcome to Bishop, California

Small Town with a Big Backyard

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Your Neighbors In Bishop’s Big Backyard (Wildlife)

Your Neighbors In Bishop’s Big Backyard (Wildlife)

Alongside the serene beauty of the Sierra Nevada landscape, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter wildlife of some kind when visiting Bishop’s big backyard. In fact, the mountain range although only taking up a quarter up of the Golden State’s land, contains more...

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Journey to Manzanar

Journey to Manzanar

When talking about California’s history, the Gold Rush casts a mighty big shadow and rightly so. It caused the biggest migration and brought wealth to the Golden State. The topography also showcases our natural history. And yet one piece of tragic history is sadly...

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Bishop Fall Colors Report

Bishop Fall Colors Report

The colors are just starting here in the high country! The Bishop area is one of those places where fall colors spread over a couple of months as they start up at the upper elevations (above 10,000’) and move down into the Owens Valley (roughly 4,000’). We have...

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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.