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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.


Be sure to check 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 on Covid regulations, wildfire smoke conditions,highway conditionswebcams, Eastern Sierra avalanche forecasting, Bishop climbing ranger reports, Fred’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.

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Upcoming Events

Bishop Blake Jones Trout Derby Catch 2022


The 2023 Blake Jones Trout Derby registration is now open for May 13th.

Bishop California Hotel Lodging

Where to Find Wildflowers?

We have prepared some easy and quick directions for you to find great wildflowers in Southern California’s deserts and mountains.

Pick your Path


Proudly Shout Our Middle Name On Your Next Vacation – This IS Bishop

Proudly Shout Our Middle Name On Your Next Vacation – This IS Bishop

Out of anywhere in the world, Bishop might be the epicenter of soaking up all the seasons’ offerings to the fullest. The changing of the seasons isn’t a short bang like most other places. Rather, it’s like a well-orchestrated symphony. Starting slowly and lasting for months with a crescendo. The spring wildflower bloom starts in February and lasts until July. Similar to spring’s slow opening, fall foliage begins in early September and finishes in November.

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Bishop, California Has the Full Vacation Spectrum 

Bishop, California Has the Full Vacation Spectrum 

From the peak of Mount Whitney to the depths of Death Valley—that’s how many options there are for things to do near Bishop, California. If that’s a bit extreme, here are a few more ideas: birding and fishing, cool rocks and hot springs, 4-wheel drive and all-star skies. Written by Visit USA Parks. Story also available in French and German.

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Bishop. The Warm Winter Wonderland.

Bishop. The Warm Winter Wonderland.

Bishop is an all-season wonderland. Each season has its own special look and feel that brings joy and offers experiences like nowhere else on earth. And winter … winter is a true, classic wonderland! Our town is warm and welcoming and our big backyard is wild and exciting.

Stop in Bishop. Stay in Bishop. Play in Bishop and in our big backyard.

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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!


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.


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.


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.