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Bishop Mule Days is right around the corner

We’ve got some tips for navigating the biggest, brightest and best Mule Show in the country. Grab your boots and come on in.

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Number 1. Go Early, Go Often

Mule Days stretches over almost a week, and many of the most beloved events happen during the days before the big weekend shows. We recommend getting a copy of the program (check at the Mule Days office; open year round) and looking for the type of event you like best – jumping, dressage, packing (there are so many) – and dropping by the preliminaries during the week. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the amateur riders, the novice mules, the seasoned performers, the trainers and the coaches/parents. You’ll feel the disappointment of the ones who don’t make the cut, and the elation of the ones who advance to the next round. Return the next day, and watch as the top riders and mules emerge. Enjoy being backstage and walk around a lot… you’ll never forget it.

image: two women on a mule and a horse

Number 2. Embrace Your Inner Cowboy (or Girl)

Western style is fun, functional, and all-American. Don’t knock it, try it! Western style goes with mules like bacon goes with eggs. The jeans are tough enough to wipe your hands on after a messy taco, the boots are made to slide out of stirrups and around on a dance floor, and your hat style will declare what part of the country you call home. If you didn’t bring any western wear, no worries, this is Bishop! You can get a great pair of Wrangler jeans at The Toggery in town,  pair them with a western shirt from one of the local feed stores, add a comfortable pair of boots, and, of course, a hat. The hat is essential for its shade – and if you don’t find one you like in town, make sure one of your first stops is the vendor’s area at Mule Days … several vendors sell both felt and straw hats of all styles.  Try a few on, you’ll find one you love. Even if you aren’t normally a hat person, beware – western hats are addicting. Dress the part and heck, you might even be tempted to ride a mule.

image: sign saying mules for sale

Number 3. Tour the Barns

The barns are where you’ll get your mule education. You’ll see all colors, sizes, ages, and breeding. From fine-boned mules bred for showing, to draft mules with thick bones for pulling and driving, and athletic mules built for trails. It’s hard no fall in love with the babies, laugh at the prankster mules (there’s one in every row), and drool over the beautiful ones. The barns are free to walk through and a great place to take your kids. Mules will be eating, sleeping, playing over the rails, getting washed, groomed, saddled, and schooled. If you are in the market, the barns are where you’ll find that perfect mule. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, either, as most mule people are happy to talk about mules and what makes them special.

image: mule days buckle from 1979

Number 4. Visit the Vendors

Looking for a perfect cast iron dutch oven? The vintage piece of turquoise you’ve been craving? The painting to fill the that empty spot over the sofa? Make time to visit the vendors…. selling everything from clothing to conchos, furniture to fine art, saddles to sectionals. Mule Days brings in quality vendors from all over the west and they are here for five full days but, speaking from experience, if you find something you like DO NOT PROCRASTINATE. These treasures go fast.

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Number 5. Bring Your Appetite

Name your favorite food and you can probably find it. Frybread and Indian tacos, carnitas, pizza, sushi, hot dogs, fresh-squeezed lemonade, kettle corn, noodle bowls, ice cream and smoothies…. just about anything you can imagine you might want to eat is at Bishop Mule Days. Look for local non-profits serving up tri tip, and beloved local restaurants putting in overtime doing what they do so well. Look for the special events, too, like the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast. Why eat boring fast food when you can have fair food?

Bishop Mule Days is here May 25 – 30th this year. For more information and to purchase your tickets, go to the website: http://muledays.org

We’ll see you there!

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3 days ago

Heading into the weekend dreaming of backcountry lakes... which is your favorite?
#DreamNowVisitLater #KeepBishopSafe
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Heading into the weekend dreaming of backcountry lakes... which is your favorite? 
#DreamNowVisitLater #KeepBishopSafe
Thank you Instagram user @kimonlhi for this spectacular shot!!

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Would have guessed Split Mtn, but have only flown over these mountains twice.

Too many to choose, the higher and more remote the better

Saddle Bag Lake. ❤️

Blue lake! The best, at least I know of~!!!

I need a good-looking tour guide(male) to show me around on my next visit. 😉🐈😷

So beautiful. I miss being up there.

Mt. Aggasisz? I probably butchered that spelling.

Blue Lake

Blue lake❣

Sabrina

Dorothy Lake

Horton Lake

Dorothy and Mildred

Beautiful

Beautiful

Upper Lamarck

Beautiful

That’s beautiful.

Nice 👍

Ruwau Lake, Tyee Lakes, upper Lamark lake, Blue lake, & Little Lakes Valley.

Terra Rankin

Lake.

Any part of Bishop is fine, I JUST WANT TO BE THERE TO ENJOY THIS BEAUTIFUL PLACE! 😀❤️😄💙

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4 days ago

Our friends at Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association welcome everyone to stop by for in-person visitor service plus a great selection of area maps, books and more. They do a great job of helping our guests recreate responsibly!Thanks ESIA for providing helpful information and advice to visitors on responsible recreation in our region! ... See MoreSee Less

Our friends at Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association welcome everyone to stop by for in-person visitor service plus a great selection of area maps, books and more.  They do a great job of helping our guests recreate responsibly!

5 days ago

Community: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals (Oxford Dictionary)
We are grateful to our COMMUNITY locally and afar, for loving and supporting BISHOP and Inyo County. ❤️

Here is a little glimpse of how our community has pulled together over the past few months:
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Community: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals (Oxford Dictionary)
We are grateful to our COMMUNITY locally and afar, for loving and supporting BISHOP and Inyo County.  ❤️

Here is a little glimpse of how our community has pulled together over the past few months:
https://www.bishopvisitor.com/eastern-sierra-covid-stories/

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The community stories are wonderful

The big deal when I was growing up was going to the Tri-County Fair rodeo, taking in a movie, and having dinner...all over Labor Day. Then there were the trips from Mammoth to Bishop to go to the grocery store, topped off by a stop at Schatz for sandwiches and to buy bread. What a wonderful place!!!

Used to watch movies at this theater back in the early 70's. Great memories wonderful town. I visit just about every year and enjoy the old school vibe. My parents started AYSO soccer in Bishop. I used to bicycle down the street as a kid, drop a fishing line and pull out lots of trout.

No Bishop does not need a Walmart mart or another supposed better grocery store. We do not have the people to work them. Plus we have new buildings that weren't supposed to be built and a whole mess of empty buildings. We want to keep it a small town feel.

I was sorry to hear that the JC Penny store closed there. I used to work there when I lived in Cali. I had the most wonderful coworkers and the best boss ever!!! Bishop will live on in my heart forever.

Remember Jill Kenmont👍👍

Great little town Bishop is, leave it alone. My mom graduated from Bishop High school, we went to Bishop many years for Christmas with my Grandparents

I was born in Bishop and moved out around 1990. I've moved all over California since then, and no matter where I moved to I always wanted to go back. Some day... Maybe when my kids are all grown and out of the house I'll take my wife and dogs and move back...

Great town. can't wait to come visit when things calm down. Missed Mule days and our family reunion at the lodge but we will be back

Looking forward to visiting as soon and we can! We love Bishop!

Love Bishop! Just passed thru Monday on the way back from Yosemite!

Bishop is in one of the most beautiful settings on Earth. The eastern Sierra and the Owens Valley will persevere.

I love that Bishop is a smaller town. It part id it s charm for visitors. Needed some items last trip , found them in town and what friendly people !! And you should fit your town , not always for the town to fit you.

3 yrs ago we just started driving , landed in Bishop, stayed several days, just loved that trip, no fish but who cares .... 😍🎣🚗💨💨

best town in California

We believe in Bishop. Stay well. <3

Between 1934 and 1939, I spent some Saturday afternoons watching movies at the theatre in Bishop - think the Hollands owned it then - one of the Holland boys was in my elementary school grade. Best wishes to all.

Bishop is fine the way it is.

Please don't change! I love you the way you are!!

We would like to keep it that way, but there are a lot of people coming into the area now who are leaving their trash on the ground & putting graffiti on any available surface. Do that S... at home, not in our town.

You have no idea how badly I need to visit You Bishop.

Saw it has been 100 degrees up there.

Play my brother Danny scene Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at that theater years and years ago

Lived here in the early 80’s

Soon as possible.

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Love Bishop been there a couple times I can’t wait till I go back to visit 😊👍

love bishop

Was there many times.

Live there and love it

Love Bishop!

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wish I still lived there

I’m a Hoosier that loves to visit Bishop!

Love Bishop too!

Gateway to heaven or as close as you can get

Been in bishop twice. ❤️ both times

It's beautiful, clean, but, to darn hot 😎😎😎😎

Love Bishop. Born and raise there

My home town

Does anyone know if they are having the car show in October this year?

we just move out here and we need a store to buy home stuff like target or even walmart 😤😫

Be there on 22sd for a week of camping and fishing creekside RV park

Is the KMart there out of business?

Make this a sticker for purchase.

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1 week ago

Bishop’s beauty continues to amaze us. 😍

#keepbishopsafe!! Thank you!!

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Bishop’s beauty continues to amaze us. 😍

#keepbishopsafe!! Thank you!!

Photo by Sean B Plunkett

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So beautiful. Love Bishop and miss it so much.

Gorgeous photo! Stay safe my friends! We hope to see you in 2021!

So beautiful, love your site 🙂🙂❤❤

So beautiful. A field of Lupins.

Beautiful only 108 degrees

So Gorgeous! 😍

Beautiful!

Gorgeous!

Beautiful

Beautiful

Absolutely beautiful

Love the flowers...but need to get rid tourists...we have followed all the rules..NO TRAVELING..NOT YET...but are counties get more C-19..please leave and take your 🗑 with you

Awesome!!! Sean plunkett

Very beautiful picture

Pretty Hot right now but Beautiful ❣️

Beautiful

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Beautiful.

What plant is this?

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So beautiful

Beautiful picture

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