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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.

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.

Eastern Sierra Tour in Winter

Eastern Sierra Tour in Winter

The Eastern Sierra Tour, affectionately known as E.S.T., is a captivating 555-mile route showcasing a blend of breathtaking scenery and rich historical landmarks. While many embark on this journey during summer, exploring it in the colder months unveils a one-of-a-kind experience that’s not to be overlooked. Here are compelling reasons why a winter tour of the E.S.T. should be at the top of your list.

Welcome Tips

Welcome Tips

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome Tips To All Our Foreign Visitors 

Small Town, Big Characters

Small Town, Big Characters

Bishop stands out as one of the few towns left to strike a perfect balance between tight-knit community yet easy access to the great outdoors. With 99% of the land in Inyo County being publicly owned, this gives Bishop an expansive backyard that’s beyond imagination. Craig London, owner of the Rock Creek Pack Station, shares his deep affection for Bishop and why you should enjoy the simple things in life.  

How To Use Webcams To Plan Your Winter Trip 

How To Use Webcams To Plan Your Winter Trip 

As winter blankets the High Sierra, direct routes like Sonora and Tioga Pass shut down for the season. But this isn’t a setback – it’s a chance for you to revel in our vast backyard with serene exclusivity. Due to our unique topography, you can start the...
Take A Tour Of Movie Road

Take A Tour Of Movie Road

As you embark on your Eastern Sierra Tour, don’t miss out on the wonders of the Alabama Hills. Of course, a must-see attraction among many. But before immersing yourself in the iconic filming location, take a detour to the charming town of Lone Pine. Explore the Museum of Western Film History, where a treasure trove of memorabilia, images, documents, and posters awaits. Beyond classic Western movie artifacts, discover props from modern hits like the head of the giant worm from Tremors and the dirt covered business suit Tony Stark wore in Ironman when he was stuck in the cave.

Sierra Wave

Sierra Wave

California’s heartbeat is intertwined with the Pacific Ocean. From its iconic surf culture to its climate, it weaves itself into everything. Despite Bishop and the Eastern Sierra being hundreds of miles from the coast, it too is affected by it. And you’ll see it in its weather and seasons including the “Sierra Wave.”

Come Again? What To Do If You’ve Been Here Before… Go Beyond

Come Again? What To Do If You’ve Been Here Before… Go Beyond

John Muir once wisely remarked, “between two pines is a doorway to a new world.” If you’ve been to Bishop and checked off the classic attractions, like witnessing the world’s oldest tree or enjoying the numerous alpine lakes filled with fish, we recommend going...
4 Experiences for History Buffs

4 Experiences for History Buffs

Bishop and the Owens Valley are overflowing with beauty. Surrounded by the towering, rugged peaks of the Sierra Mountains in the West. And the majestic ridgeline of the White Mountains to the East. The breathtaking scenery and the plethora of outdoor activities are...
Celebrate Eons Of Culture At The Bishop Pow Wow

Celebrate Eons Of Culture At The Bishop Pow Wow

The Pabanamanina Powwow is being held from September 22nd through the 24th at the powwow grounds across from Wanaaha Casino.  This event, hosted by the Bishop Paiute Tribe and its many volunteers, is held every California Indian Days weekend, starting with a parade at 10am on California Indian Day.  Throughout the weekend, you’ll find hundreds of dancers, singers, friends, and family from all over the U.S. and abroad as they come together to share their culture and traditions.

Roaming the Range of Light: Five Iconic Trails in the High Sierra

Roaming the Range of Light: Five Iconic Trails in the High Sierra

By: Jeff Kozak The author runs near the rounded summit of Mazourka Peak in the Inyo Mountains, looking west across the Owens Valley near Independence to the Sierra Crest and two 14’ers: Mt. Williamson and Mt. Tyndall. Howie Stern Rising abruptly on the western...
Millpond Recreation Area

Millpond Recreation Area

Just six miles northwest of town, this 120-acre park has a bit of everything for anyone just looking for some outdoor fun in a tranquil setting. Millpond Recreation Area is known by many for one thing – the Millpond Music Festival. Check it out this September!

Oldest Tree in the World

Oldest Tree in the World

The world’s oldest living tree is in the National Forest White Mountains in California, USA, just east of Bishop, California. 

Soft Adventures in Bishop

Soft Adventures in Bishop

Think of it as the opportunity to experience the Eastern Sierra in a new light without putting yourself at risk or having to learn an entire set of skills to do it. Explore somewhere new while feeling invigorated and transformed by memorable experiences. Here’s a small sampling of soft adventures to be had in Bishop. 

6 Things To Do In Bishop With Kids

6 Things To Do In Bishop With Kids

Family vacations are about relaxing as well as creating memories of fun times. When it comes to a destination to visit, there might be none more suited for an affordable outdoorsy family getaway than Bishop and its big backyard. To help plan your trip, here’s 6 things...
Sample The Eastern Sierra Summer In A Myriad Of Ways

Sample The Eastern Sierra Summer In A Myriad Of Ways

The heat is on in Bishop. But unlike other hot locales, there are many ways to still enjoy the great outdoors in the summer, if you have a plan. As the saying “it’s a dry heat” goes… due to our proximity to the High Sierra and the desert climate, you can escape by going out early, taking a dip in an alpine lake, or go up in elevation to play. Here’s a few ideas on how you can sample Bishop’s Big Backyard this summer during the day.

Beer Tour: Eastern Sierra Ale Trail

Beer Tour: Eastern Sierra Ale Trail

First stop on the Eastern Sierra Ale Trail from the south – Bishop and Mountain Rambler Brewing. Home to a vast array of award-winning beers from the California Craft Brewers Cup and the Great American Beer Festival.

Everyone Becomes an Artist when they meet the Sierra by Bishop

Everyone Becomes an Artist when they meet the Sierra by Bishop

Nearly four hundred miles long, the Sierra Nevada is bursting at the seams with scenery. Hundreds of shimmering alpine lakes. Razor-sharp ridgelines. Giant pines that seem to reach the sky. Some places will touch people’s souls more than others, but there is one...
July 4th in the Eastern Sierra

July 4th in the Eastern Sierra

From the city of Independence to the town of Mammoth Lakes, with Bishop midway between you’ll find pancake breakfasts, parades, free fishing, free swimming, train rides, a running race, baseball, volleyball, bocce, free watermelon, pie and ice cream, arts and crafts fairs, and of course fireworks – lots and lots of fireworks!

Eastern Sierra Reading List

Eastern Sierra Reading List

If you’re planning a trip to Bishop, there’s no better way to deepen your understanding of this special place than through reading.

Giddy Up To Adventure – Horseback Riding In The Sierra

Giddy Up To Adventure – Horseback Riding In The Sierra

Horseback riding in Bishop and its big backyard isn’t just a hobby. It’s a tradition. To this day, the only way to access many parts of the rugged Eastern Sierra is by foot or horseback. That’s why Bishop has earned the moniker the “Mule Capital of the World.” While...

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