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Bishop Visitor's Center

Everything you ever wanted to know about Bishop and were willing to ask!

Thank you for asking! Here’s what you need to know about planning a future trip to Bishop and play in our big backyard.

If you requested a printed copy of our FREE Bishop Area Visitor Guide, it will arrive in the mail in 7-10 days. (Note that we are currently only able to mail the Bishop Visitor Guide to addresses within the United States and Canada.) If you want to flip through the new Visitor Guide Online, or download the free PDF version to your computer or device, click on the image below.

Bishop Visitor Guide

Our visitor center is open to walk-in visitors, we also welcome phone calls and emails with questions you may have about our area. We’re happy to help you plan a future trip and supply more detailed information about specific places to visit and things to do here. 

We’re delighted that you’re interested in finding out about Bishop and our big backyard. This is a great time to learn about and plan for future trips to the many great destinations around the world. Bishop, nestled in the heart of the Eastern Sierra, is certainly one of the most beautiful outdoor recreation areas in California and the USA. We are also a gateway community to Death Valley National Park and Yosemite National Park, two of the most magnificent destinations in the world. Our regular guests tell us that they visit as often as possible. Sometimes they return to favorite places and other times they explore new spots. Our local residents are pleased and proud that we have so much space and beauty to share.

In addition to the above brochure, which is available in print and digital formats, we have a number of other great digital maps and guides that can be downloaded at your convenience. Click on each of these images to access a PDF download.

Eastern High Sierra Fall Color Guide (PDF)

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Please Plan Ahead Take the time to check on current weather and road conditions.  In winter months, desert passes may be flooded, snowy roadways may be closed or require traction devices to travel north of Bishop. All motor vehicles, including AWD and 4WD must carry traction devices in winter. Tioga Pass (120 to Yosemite) is typically closed November – May.

Check California Road Conditions (Hwy 395) | Check Nevada Road Conditions If you have hotel reservations, please take the time to check wildfire smoke conditions, webcamsEastern Sierra avalanche forecastingBishop climbing ranger reportsFred’s fly fishing report, closures, business hours and safety guidelines. Feel free to give us a call if we can help in your planning process. 

But wait there’s more!

We’ve created some great comprehensive guide pages and articles on our website about adventures and activities in our area. If you’re interested in the night sky or cycling, or you’d like to go trekking and find waterfalls, or you want to visit the world’s oldest living things then check out these pages. Find out about hand crafted local products on our art page or explore fall colors and spring wildflowers on the pages dedicated to these miracles of nature. Get a taste of our local gastronomy and celebrate culture and our western heritage. This information will keep you busy and enthralled until it’s time to come and visit us.  Choose your  next adventure!
Pick your Path

And don’t forget to check out all our great lodging options

Read and study these pages, download the brochures and maps, and plan a future trip to Bishop and the Eastern Sierra. Our big backyard has been here for a very long time and it will be here when it’s safe to travel again. Until then, call us: (760) 873-8405, or email us: and let us help you choose your future adventure. Until our paths cross again…



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