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Welcome to Bishop, California

Small Town with a Big Backyard

Welcome to Bishop, California

Small Town with a Big Backyard

Welcome to Bishop, California

Small Town with a Big Backyard

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Downtown Bishop Lodging

Whether on a relaxing fishing trip, outdoor adventure, or just passing through, Bishop is a wonderful place to stay. Find a room at a downtown Bishop Hotel, Hostel, Inn, Bed & Breakfast or venture up to Bishop Creek for a wonderful cabin experience.

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Mule days parade

July 4th

4th in the Park – Don’t Miss Out – July 4, 2022! Find out why they call Bishop the Small town with the Big Backyard! Fireworks Show and more…

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Birding Hotspots of the Owens Valley

This brand new brochure presents several notable hotspots between Bishop and Olancha emphasizing a November through May season focusing on wintering species and spring migrants.

Pick your Path

IT’S TIME TO CHOOSE YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE: Travel Tips & Blog Stories

Top 5 Lakes You Can Drive To From Bishop

Top 5 Lakes You Can Drive To From Bishop

Shimmering panes of glass reflecting giant peaks. The brisk feel of coolness as you take a dip on a hot summer’s day. Nothing is more energizing than an alpine lake. While there are many that take hours or even days by foot to experience, here are five lakes you can...

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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...

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More Fish Stocking – Summer 2022

More Fish Stocking – Summer 2022

INYO COUNTY TO AUGMENT 2022 SEASON STOCKING EFFORTS BY CDFW, BISHOP CHAMBER Some of anglers’ favorite fishing holes along U.S. Highway 395 should be extra enticing this season thanks to supplemental stocking events sponsored by the County of Inyo. Throughout the 2022...

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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....

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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...

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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.

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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Bishop is in Inyo County and Inyo County is following current guidance of CDPH. If you have hotel reservations, please take the time to check on Covid regulations, highway conditions, webcams, closures, business hours and safety guidelines. Feel free to give us a call if we can help in your planning process.

Transportation

Bishop is located in the very middle of California, where Highways 6 and 395 intersect and also offers public transportation and shuttle options. Whether you’re traveling from Southern or Northern California, or a major city in Nevada, you’ll drive 4 1/2 to 5 hours to reach Bishop. We hope you enjoy your journey!

Elevation

At 4,150 ft (1,260 m) above sea level, the natural environment of Bishop changes quickly from the high desert sage and arid climate of the wide open Owens Valley floor to an alpine wonderland of pine forest, rushing streams and gorgeous deep-blue lakes surrounded by the mighty mountain peaks of the Eastern Sierra.

Population

The “greater Bishop area,” which includes unincorporated nearby neighborhoods such as West Bishop, Meadow Creek-Dixon Lane, Wilkerson Ranch, Rocking K, Mustang Mesa and Round Valley includes an additional 11,000 residents.

Climate

If you need to warm your back, Bishop is a welcomed retreat with much (much) warmer weather than Mammoth. With 5.18″ average yearly precipitation and only 6 inches of snow, Bishop makes the perfect combo vacation – ski, golf, fish and bike year-round.