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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...
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...
Bishop Weekly Fly Fishing Report

Bishop Weekly Fly Fishing Report

Updated 9-16-2022 We are starting to have fall like weather in the Eastern Sierra. It will not be long when the trees will be turning colors. Experienced the first cool morning when I came back from my southern California PowerPoint presentation tour. Fall spawning trout are starting to show up in some of the creeks and rivers of the Eastern Sierra. Mayflies and caddis are providing most of the action in the area. I’m still checking water temperatures in a few Eastern Sierra waters like Crowley Lake, lower and upper Owens River, and Bishop Creek Canal. Water temperatures over 70 degrees, fly fishers should not be catch and release fly fishing.

Finish The Summer Off Right With The Tri-County Fair

Finish The Summer Off Right With The Tri-County Fair

While summer may feel endless, the sad reality is by the end of August its coming to an end. The start of school is approaching or already here. Days are getting shorter. Nights have a bit of a coolness to them. Instead of dwelling on it, let’s celebrate a...
Owens River Gorge Closed for Public Access August 29-September 6

Owens River Gorge Closed for Public Access August 29-September 6

PUBLIC ADVISED OF HIGH WATER LEVELS AND POTENTIAL SAFETY HAZARD Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will release higher-than-normal water down the Owens River Gorge from August 29-September 6, 2022, in cooperation with the California Department of Fish...
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...
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...
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...
Relax And Unwind… You’re On Al Fresco Time

Relax And Unwind… You’re On Al Fresco Time

Enjoy outdoor dining in Bishop, CA. Here are some breakfast, lunch and dinner suggestions. Bishop’s motto is a “small town with a big backyard.” And what do you need to go along with a fun backyard? A patio to celebrate your day of adventuring with a cold pint of local brew!

Wähle deinen Pfad in Bishop, Kalifornien

Wähle deinen Pfad in Bishop, Kalifornien

Da es in den Lower 48 so viel zu entdecken gibt, kehren wir nur selten immer wieder an dasselbe Ziel zurück. Aber wenn es in einer Gegend so viel zu entdecken gibt wie in Bishop, Kalifornien, dann fällt es leicht, eine erneute Reise zu buchen. Diese kleine Stadt mit...
Waterfalls of the Eastern Sierra

Waterfalls of the Eastern Sierra

The sound and scene of flowing water, particularly when it’s falling over a rocky cliff or cascading down a rocky chute, instills a sense of wonder and peace. We’ve created an extensive guide to show where each of the noteworthy falls is located and how best to see, photograph, and get near them. Some of our beautiful falls can be seen from vista points along mountain roads that will take you well into the alpine and sub-alpine regions of the Sierra Nevada. Many more can only be seen from hiking trails within our national forest and wilderness areas. A visit to a wild and scenic waterfall in the Sierra Nevada is an extraordinary experience.

2 Days. 2 Nights. 20 Iconic Images.

2 Days. 2 Nights. 20 Iconic Images.

The Eastern Sierra is one of the most photographed regions in California. It’s a land of contrasts and opportunity. There are obvious and well-known scenes and settings, and there are hidden gems. If a photograph is worth a thousand words, here’s a challenge to create a visual story worth 20,000 words.

The challenge is #2days20photos

Boating Safety Guide

Boating Safety Guide

Safe boating messages prior to the busy Memorial Day holiday and the unofficial launch of the summer boating season.

Horsing around in Bishop – Rodeo season is here!

Horsing around in Bishop – Rodeo season is here!

Mark your calendar for the second week in June. California High School State Championships are in Bishop, California highlighting Barrel Racing, Polebending, Goat Tying, Breakaway, Queen, Team Roping, Cutting and Reined Cow Horse for girls. Boys compete in Tie Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Cutting, Reined Cow Horse, Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding and Bareback Riding.

Up and Down California in 1860-1864

Up and Down California in 1860-1864

The Sierra Nevada catches all the rains and clouds from the west—to the east are deserts—so, of course, this valley sees but little rain, but where streams come down from the Sierra they spread out and great meadows of green grass occur. Tens of thousands of the starving cattle of the state have been driven in here this year, and there is feed for twice as many more. Yet these meadows comprise not over one-tenth of the valley—the rest is desert. At the base of the mountains, on either side, the land slopes gradually up as if to meet them. This slope is desert, sand, covered with boulders, and supporting a growth of desert shrub

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