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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. 

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. 

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...
Bishop Fly Fishing Report

Bishop Fly Fishing Report

Updated 4/10/2024 Spring in the Eastern Sierra is a lot of cold windy days with a few sunny windless days sprinkled in. Fly fishers need to take advantage of the warm windless day if they can. A big wind is expected to blow through right before the weekend. Dirt roads in the Long Valley area are drying out after the storms. Fly fishers should drive with caution as there are a few mud puddles that could cause you to get stuck. Getting stuck can ruin a day’s fly fishing. Hatches of mayflies, caddis flies and midges are feeding the trout. While there is some good dry fly activity most of the trout are feeding on the nymphs. Traditional opening weekend is three weeks away.

Angler Blake Jones was an icon of the Sierra

Angler Blake Jones was an icon of the Sierra

Imagine someone loading a mountain lion into a station wagon and taking it to a trade show, such as the Fred Hall Fishing Tackle Show.It would never happen today, of course, and not just because there are no more station wagons around.But that’s what Blake Jones did...
Uncommon Overnighters

Uncommon Overnighters

Everything about Bishop and its big backyard creates memories. Its list of attractions reads like the ultimate bucket list vacation – the oldest trees in the world to the tallest peak in the lower 48. It’s no wonder many affectionately call it the “Land Of -Est!” While there are plenty of places to get a good night’s sleep, for those wanting accommodations out of the ordinary, you’re in luck! Here’s some of our favorite “uncommon overnighters” in the region. 

Spring – A Hiker’s Paradise In Bishop 

Spring – A Hiker’s Paradise In Bishop 

The sound of water trickling over polished granite boulders. The warmth of the sun against your face. And as far as the eye can see, a meadow filled with blooming wildflowers. Spring isn’t just a great time to visit. It’s magical! Make sure you start off on the right...
Eastsider Spotlight: Mike McDermott

Eastsider Spotlight: Mike McDermott

Michael McDermott; a Cerro Gordo of psych and skill behind the lens. This collaboration has infused two synergistic aspects of the project – photography quality and stylistic diversity, and involvement of local runners – with an infectious energy. Read on.

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.  

Underrated Landmarks

Underrated Landmarks

Most Underrated Landmarks That Tell You That You’re In Bishop There’s a lot of “big” attractions in Bishop and its big backyard. The oldest living thing on Earth at the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. The hulking peaks of the Eastern Sierra. The land of -EST some...
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...
Fishing Derbies In The Eastern Sierra

Fishing Derbies In The Eastern Sierra

Each year, the Eastern Sierra’s lakes, streams, and various bodies of water receive a generous stocking of 650,000 pounds of trout. All courtesy of Bishop, Inyo County, Mono County, Mammoth Lakes and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. In fact, fishing is so intertwined with the community that opening day of fishing season is locally dubbed “Fishmas,” rivalling the anticipation of Christmas. Why not make this fishing season extend beyond those dates by entering a fishing derby in the High Sierra.

Foodie Tour: Kick Start Your Bishop Adventures The Right Way

Foodie Tour: Kick Start Your Bishop Adventures The Right Way

Bishop’s backyard is a playground catering to everyone, from little tikes to those young at heart with a few more years under their belt. Whether you’re gearing up for a day of bouldering or planning a leisurely auto-tour, it’s a good idea to fuel up in the morning. If big breakfasts aren’t your thing, these coffee shops and bakeries are here to boost your mood and get those adventure juices flowing. Get set to kickstart your day with these invigorating options.

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.”

Bouldering with Kids

Bouldering with Kids

Reach For The Sky And Stars – Bouldering With Kids In Bishop We affectionately refer to the area surrounding Bishop as “our Big Backyard” because much like your own backyard, it’s a place to have fun. An ideal destination for a family vacation, introducing...
Christmas Cheer

Christmas Cheer

This time of year, especially around the holidays, it can be stressful and even hectic as you prepare for Santa’s big day. Why not combine the joyful spirit of the holiday season with a short break to Bishop’s big backyard. Your family will come home with renewed...
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...
Find the Perfect Gift at Local Area Museums and Visitor Centers

Find the Perfect Gift at Local Area Museums and Visitor Centers

One of the best ways to find unique and thoughtful gifts while traveling is to visit museum gift shops. Museums are a great place to learn about the history and culture of a region, and the gift shops in the Museums of the Eastern Sierra carry a wide selection of items that are representative of our local area.

Bishop Is Home To The Longest Fall Colors In California

Bishop Is Home To The Longest Fall Colors In California

After a warm summer exploring Bishop’s big backyard, fall is like the cold refreshing pint of beer after a hike. Everything just tastes and feels better. The “bloom” of fall brings a sense of excitement. Mother Nature is letting you know that time is fleeting. That...
2023 Blake Jones Trout Derby Recap

2023 Blake Jones Trout Derby Recap

The 54th edition of the Blake Jones Trout Derby is now “in the books” and it was a good one! Despite rescheduling the event from March to May then to September, there was a good turnout, and everyone had a great time. There were 233 registered participants this year,...

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