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Bishop Weekly Fly Fishing Report

Bishop Weekly Fly Fishing Report

Updated 05-25-2022 It’s shaping up to be a hot, windy spring especially in the Owens Valley. In between spring storms we are getting temperatures in the high 80’s and low 90’s. Insect activity in Owens Valley waters are getting active. Insects in the upper elevations are just starting to get active. Lakes in the backcountry and still iced over and will be for a few weeks to a month depending on the altitude. Rainbows and cutthroats are showing up in the rivers that access major water impoundments and lakes. Crowley Lake tributaries open to fishing on Saturday May 28, 2022.

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....
Rossi Hill Run

Rossi Hill Run

Less than five minutes from downtown, Rossi Hill is the quickest access to trails through Bishop’s sage and granite boulders. This 5.75 mile run serves as an ideal introduction to the Bishop winter landscape. Close to town, but within a warm-up jog, you’ll feel somewhere much further away.

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...
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. 

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.

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!

A World of Good Food in the Eastern Sierra

A World of Good Food in the Eastern Sierra

Good food prepares us, recharges us, and connects us with our family, friends and a community. Bishop is the “small town with a big backyard” and it also has a pretty impressive kitchen. Actually, we have lots of kitchens and they belong to the many excellent restaurants in and around town. Whether you’re a connoisseur or just plain hungry there’s a world of good food here with a variety and quality that’s a delicious complement to our beautiful backyard.

The Weird and Wonderful Side of California

The Weird and Wonderful Side of California

Road Trip! Pick your path along US Highway 395, from Los Angeles to Bishop and little beyond, where you will see some of the most curious, grotesque, mysterious and awe-inspiring features of nature and feats of humankind. The Eastern Sierra is often referred to as “the other side of California,” and these places might also make it “the weird side of California.”

Activities During Inyo National Forest Closure

Activities During Inyo National Forest Closure

The following represents options to give guests when the Inyo National Forest is closed to visitor use.   The list below describes alternative outdoor opportunities which and indoor use when the wind shifts and is too smoky to be outdoors due to wildfire activity.  In...
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.

How a Small Town Survives a Pandemic

How a Small Town Survives a Pandemic

On a windy February evening, Lauren Robinson and I donned our winter hats and took a walk on the canals. Lauren is the owner of Sierra Shanti, Bishop’s very own yoga and wellness studio. I’ve been taking classes at Sierra Shanti since it opened in 2013. When classes went online at the start of the first shutdown, I found solace in a familiar ritual. While the cows milled around us and the sun set behind the Sierra, Lauren told me what it’s been like keeping her business afloat, and what the future holds for Sierra Shanti.

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

Dispatch from a Clear Day

Dispatch from a Clear Day

Read local writer, Kendra Atleework’s recent writing about living in 2020 in the Eastern Sierra, where smoke and COVID-19 bring challenges, but also inspiration.

Natural (Virtual) History tour of the Eastern Sierra

Natural (Virtual) History tour of the Eastern Sierra

Our world is a world of wonder. Our big backyard is especially wonderful.

There are few places in the world where evidence of the natural history of a region is more obvious and interesting than in the Eastern Sierra. The forces that have shaped our world have produced an astonishing assortment of observable characteristics that give us insight into the creation of this part of our planet. Visit us virtually. Our Natural History page is an exploration into many of the most fascinating features of the Eastern Sierra landscape.

Choose Your Own Adventure

Choose Your Own Adventure

Somewhere in a season or on the cusp between two seasons is that special moment in time that stirs weather patterns deep inside and fulfills your inner awe. It is unique to you. In Bishop, we call it the 5th Season. Take a virtual tour through pages of unique adventures and find a trail, or stream, a waterfall, a vista, or a road to ride that takes you to the essence of you.

Cycling the Eastern Sierra

Cycling the Eastern Sierra

We believe there is no other place on earth that offers as much opportunity to cycle year-round in one of the most topographically diverse and beautiful regions in our country. Our paved roads are lightly trafficked and a road cyclist can ride for many, many miles without encountering a traffic light or a stop sign. The abundance of dirt trails and tracks is almost endless with access to mountain biking rides ranging from super easy and leisurely, to highly technical and challenging — and everything in between.

Here’s why!

The 7 Wonders of the High Sierra

The 7 Wonders of the High Sierra

California’s High Sierra has some spectacular natural wonders and this article highlights jus a few: Emerald Bay, Yosemite Valley, the Giant Sequoias, KIng’s Canyon, Mono Lake, the Moaning Cavern, and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. If you haven’t visited, these might have to go on your bucket list!

Art Matters in Bishop

Art Matters in Bishop

Art is inherent in everything we do during the holidays. Better yet, it is also part of our daily lives throughout the year and shapes us individuals and a community. Bishop is one of the many small towns across the USA that has come to epitomize cultural coolness with a sense of family values.

There’s always something artistic, creative, and inspiring to enjoy in Bishop. Read the blog and check out our comprehensive Art Guide.

Nature! The Natural Healer.

Nature! The Natural Healer.

It’s proven. Nature is flat out good medicine!

Each time we visit a natural environment we benefit as individuals. We have fun. We learn. We relax and de-stress. We get exercise. We get solitude and we can make positive social connections.

We have a wonderful, wild, big backyard here in the Eastern Sierra and we’re committed to caring for it. Please join us! Be part of protecting and preserving our public lands.

Take Bishop’s Big Backyard Pledge…

California’s Biggest Playground Also Has a Great Downtown

California’s Biggest Playground Also Has a Great Downtown

If you’re outdoorsy like myself, then Bishop, California is one of those fairytale destinations. You might be rock climbing in the morning and mountain biking by the afternoon. The trail options are limitless, and I bet that even the multi-generational locals...
3 Things Pet-Parents Must Do In Bishop

3 Things Pet-Parents Must Do In Bishop

If you’re a pet parent, one of the first things you’ll want to know about an area before you pay it a visit, is whether it is pet friendly or not. We know that your dog is a part of your family, and when you travel to new places you want to bring him with you to...

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