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It’s A Bug’s Life – Microscopic View Of Bishop’s Tiniest Denizens

It’s A Bug’s Life – Microscopic View Of Bishop’s Tiniest Denizens

Bishop may be high desert, but its littlest residents are the reason why it’s home to world-class fly fishing. Artificial flies or fly lures used in angling are an imitation of the aquatic insects that are the natural food of trout and other species. So, let’s take a magnified look at the dragon flies and butterflies that you’ll see in our big backyard.

Nothing Beats Birds For A Wakeup Call  – Bishop Creek Camping

Nothing Beats Birds For A Wakeup Call – Bishop Creek Camping

The Eastern Sierra experience is about contrasts. Tall peaks that seem to pierce the sky. Deep valleys filled with alpine lakes teeming with trout. Impossibly blue horizons. Unspeakably beautiful sunrises and jaw-dropping sunsets. THE gateway to all this and more is...
Give The Gift Of Birding

Give The Gift Of Birding

When I was a kid, I still remember trips to my grandparents’ lakeside cabin. My grandfather would sit out on the porch looking at all the birds flying around their bird feeder. And next to him, a handy Smithsonian Handbooks: Birds of America. Suddenly a big smile...
Tips On What To Pack For A Highway 395 Road Trip

Tips On What To Pack For A Highway 395 Road Trip

Even if your destination is the same, road trips are like snowflakes. No two are alike. This is especially true when it includes exploring Highway 395. Located just east of the mighty Sierra, it follows these mighty peaks rewarding you with vistas and views you won’t...
Hiking To Conness Lakes With Fannie the Corgi

Hiking To Conness Lakes With Fannie the Corgi

White puffy clouds danced across the blue sky, casting their reflections in turquoise glacial-fed lakes. And those wildflowers were putting on a show along the trail that miners of yesterday utilized as they searched for their lucky strike! Where: Harvey Monroe Hall...
Life Is Better At Sierra Lakes – 5 You Must Hike To This Summer

Life Is Better At Sierra Lakes – 5 You Must Hike To This Summer

When you go out for a hike, it’s nice to have a goal and one of the easiest is to visit a lake. There’s something about an alpine lake with no road access that makes them enchanting. Maybe it’s the price of admission that you need to walk to see them. Or that...
Fire Restrictions to Increase in the Eastern Sierra

Fire Restrictions to Increase in the Eastern Sierra

On Monday, June 6, Fire Restrictions to Increase in the Eastern Sierra The Inyo National Forest and Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office will be implementing fire restrictions effective on all Federal lands under their jurisdiction starting Monday, June 6....
Best Father’s Day Ever – Big Backyard Fun

Best Father’s Day Ever – Big Backyard Fun

What do fathers want more than anything? It’s not another tool or a golf club. And definitely not a tie. Who wears those anymore? Every mountain man dad wants the same thing. To spend time with their family outdoors. So, instead of getting a gift that creates another...
Bishop And Its Big Backyard Are For Everyone

Bishop And Its Big Backyard Are For Everyone

Spending time in the great outdoors is good for you. Scientifically proven. In fact, it’s noted to have healing powers. Not some magical potion but real-life benefits for the mind and body. Your mood will improve. Immune system boosted and even increase...
A Guide to Mule Days – FOR KIDS!

A Guide to Mule Days – FOR KIDS!

When you bring up Mule Days, most visitors beeline towards the legendary parade. Being the largest non-motorized variety in North America, it’s no wonder that it’s the main attraction. We agree everyone should see the parade at least once, but if you have kids, we...
Celebrate Mother’s Day In Bishop’s Big Backyard

Celebrate Mother’s Day In Bishop’s Big Backyard

Don’t buy another box of chocolates and skip the flowers. So, what should you get Mom on Mother’s Day that she’ll cherish more than anything? Spending time with her family! Make it a full day of fun or better yet a weekend of activities that she’ll remember forever....
A Few Fun Ways to Celebrate Fishmas – besides Fishing!

A Few Fun Ways to Celebrate Fishmas – besides Fishing!

Fishmas is fabulous! We know you love fishing in the Eastern Sierra. So do we. We also know that we love to do lots of other fun, fantastic things out here and perhaps you do too. If you’re a member of a fishing family, but you don’t fish OR you find that you need a...
Blake Jones Trout Derby Recap

Blake Jones Trout Derby Recap

The 53rd edition of the Blake Jones Trout Derby is now “in the books” and it was a good one! Nearly 400 registered participants weighed in 527 fish on Saturday, March 12th. The largest was 5 pounds and most were in the 1 pound range. The weather was picture perfect...
For What It’s “Earth” – Happy Earth Day To Our Planet!

For What It’s “Earth” – Happy Earth Day To Our Planet!

Back on April 22nd, 1970, the very first Earth Day was celebrated as “May Day.” For those around back then, you’ll remember the environment wasn’t even a talking point. A senator from Wisconsin by the name of Gaylord Nelson was so disturbed by this that he...
Tip Toe Through The Lupine In Bishop This Spring

Tip Toe Through The Lupine In Bishop This Spring

The fresh and fragrant smell of wildflowers. The warmth of the sun against your skin. Even though every season has its merits, spring in Bishop’s big backyard is our favorite… or until the next season arrives. Like a well-orchestrated symphony, wildflowers start slowly typically in February and climax with blooming fireworks in the high country around early July. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect and where to find the best wildflower displays in the Owens Valley and Death Valley.

Start Summer Off Right With Memorial Day Fun In Bishop

Start Summer Off Right With Memorial Day Fun In Bishop

Although the meteorological start of summer is June 21st, we all know the official start is Memorial Day. Let’s start the season off right. To help, we’ve put together a list of fun and exciting things to do in Bishop over the long weekend. Combined with our big...
Connection

Connection

We’re driving home. The hills roll out before me, Mono Lake glistens in the distance, a light dusting of snow splatters the tops of the mountains that define the landscape. This drive, this view, is always a little different, but today it feels like something entirely new. I’ve just learned more about the landscape and begun to understand the science behind it. What I used to look at and think of as hills, are now the lateral and terminal moraines of massive glaciers that stretched from Yosemite into Mono Lake. The sudden rise of the Sierra comes from faulting, the erratic boulders are from ancient massive glaciers, the Bishop Tuft is from one of the most immense recorded volcanic explosions. All the little pieces of a view I see so often, come into focus with entire histories behind them. 

Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go

Visitors are encouraged to view the Recreate Responsibly Winter Toolkit, which provides resources on weather conditions, avalanche awareness, and Leave No Trace principles. If you’re renting a car, or taking a shuttle, make sure you have reservations.

Things To Do In Bishop CA In January AKA Juneuary

Things To Do In Bishop CA In January AKA Juneuary

The best things to do in Bishop CA in January translates to ALL season fun. Or as we like to call it, “Juneuary” is your chance to have your cake and eat it too in a mountain getaway. Be it snow-free or an all-weather variety vacation, Bishop’s big backyard is THE place to visit in winter.

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