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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.

image: competitors on mules

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.

image: cotton candy on a stick

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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2 weeks ago

We are buried in smoke again today, so we thought it would be fun to share a little about how the names of some of the towns in the Eastern Sierra came about. Thank you, California High Sierra for the article!
californiahighsierra.com/trips/california-high-sierra-towns-the-origin-of-their-names/
Photo by Amy Leist
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We are buried in smoke again today, so we thought it would be fun to share a little about how the names of some of the towns in the Eastern Sierra came about. Thank you, California High Sierra for the article!
https://californiahighsierra.com/trips/california-high-sierra-towns-the-origin-of-their-names/
Photo by Amy Leist

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Wow... been a good long while since I’ve been to Bishop. Their high school team was in our league (I went to Tehachapi High) and we traveled there for some football games — something like a 5-6 hour drive each way if I recall correctly. A tough team to beat also. I’m betting it hasn’t changed all that much over all these years (circa late ‘60s).

I'm so sorry the smoke is bad there still. I missed my annual visit this year. It's on my to do list for next year.

We can see it over the Spring Mountains to the West/NW here in Las Vegas. Fortunately, not much of it made it into the LV valley.

Would LOVE to move there if my hubby can find a job nearby!

We left this morning. Not only is it very smokey the smell of smoke is incredible. I don't smoke and I was ready to light up.

Nice photo. That's the real West.

Miss Bishop, Lone Pine, Big Pine, Tinnamaha campground!!!!

No, that is where the theater and Joseph’s used to be. Joseph’s has been gone for some time now. Penny’s is now Dollar General. Unfortunately a lot of vacant stores. Hi Kent!❤️

Hello and good morning. I am planning to drive up to Bishop from Southern California. The main purpose is to see fall colors. May I know if the fall colors are still at peak this coming next two weeks or is it past peak? Thank you for your advice/suggestions.

We were just there.😔

We have to leave too, I almost threw up it was so bad, got to Lee Vining and blue fresh air..take care of yourselves

so sorry for the smoke crazy time for all this year.

I spent a week here and didn't get to see the beauty through the smoke 😏

When was this picture taken, Sunday at 6 am ? never seen it this quiet.

Awesome pic! I wish a Main Street business had a rooftop deck so you can eat with that exact same view!

No smoke in the photo. ??

Is this an old photo? Joseph’s market was the only market back when we lived in Bishop in 1969.

It’s still Smokey? Where is the smoke coming from ?

Beautiful town

I always love to go threw Bishop.

Went thru Bishop yesterday, it was terribly Smokey 😪💚

I wish it was still small !

Does bishop still have a jack in the box

My favorite place ❤️

Isnt that the Old JC Penney store?

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2 weeks ago

Wonder if this little sheep was as grateful as we were for a view of the mountains this morning??!! Happy Friday! From Bishop, with love ❤️
#keepbishopsafe #mttom
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Wonder if this little sheep was as grateful as we were for a view of the mountains this morning??!! Happy Friday! From Bishop, with love ❤️
#keepbishopsafe #mttom

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Wonderful vacation destination

And a free thinker! This is Good!

🙏praying that it stays like this 💖

I miss Bishop so much and living there too 😢😉❤️

This is one of my favorite places to take pictures when I lived in Bishop. There’s many more.

Sigh. Bishop. Love it.

See you next week little sheep

We loved our visit to Bishop

Miss bishop fun times there

Nice!!!

Oh how I love that view

It was beautiful

Love Bishop

👍

Need snow on them things!

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2 weeks ago

In case you are wondering what roads and campgrounds are open, here is the latest, as of yesterday, October 14th:
www.sierrawave.net/state-of-inyo-roads-and-campgrounds-whats-open-closed-oct-14
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In case you are wondering what roads and campgrounds are open, here is the latest, as of yesterday, October 14th:
https://www.sierrawave.net/state-of-inyo-roads-and-campgrounds-whats-open-closed-oct-14

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I've been on that same road every year at this time...

It sure was smoky today.

Still hazy there.😥

I love the West.

Beautiful picture thanks for sharing 🙂🙂❤❤

We always used to stay at Brown’s Millpond Campground just north of Bishop. Very nice private campground with a stream running through it. So many wonderful memories from Mule Days!

Up her for 4 day little smoke but really nice trees turning colors

It's the hunting and fishing Road 🏞️🎣🏕️🌌🤠🥰

Love Bishop and the surrounding mountains !!!

Hwy 168 going to Lake Sabrina, North and South lakes?

With I was there.

maybe next weekend any hotel suggestions?

Johanna Atwell

GOD HOW I WISH I WAS ON THAT ROAD... CAREFREE HIWAY...

Lots of nice smoke.....

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2 weeks ago

The Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance is hosting a virtual 5K walk and fun run this year!!! Going on NOW!! You can do it from WHEREVER you are!!!Hello Friends!☺️
💥 ESCA 20th Annual 5K Walk & Fun Run! 💥October 11-17th! Virtual Edition!
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Thank you for your continued support! ☺️
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The Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance is hosting a virtual 5K walk and fun run this year!!! Going on NOW!! You can do it from WHEREVER you are!!!

2 weeks ago

Dog days of summer or fall??!!
Last weekend we had warm temps and blue skies again. Fingers crossed we get some more blue skies this weekend!

Photo by Amanda Zhang
#NorthLake #fallcolors #keepbishopsafe
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Dog days of summer or fall??!! 
Last weekend we had warm temps and blue skies again. Fingers crossed we get some more blue skies this weekend!

Photo by Amanda Zhang
#NorthLake #fallcolors #keepbishopsafe

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I heard the colors have peaked in this area. Is it still worth visiting or are there other good spots to hit up?

Beautiful picture.

Wonderful vacation destination

Beautiful

Beautiful picture! Cute dog!

North Lake?

Looking good

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