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Keough’s Hot Springs Celebrates 100 Years!!

Keough’s Hot Springs Celebrates 100 Years!!

Locals and visitors have flocked to Keough’s Hot Springs for one hundred years to enjoy the relaxing, healing waters. In August 1919, Phillip Keough, an Eastern Sierra pioneer, leader in civic affairs, and owner of the City Market in Bishop, purchased the...

Hot Springs

Hot Springs Hot Springs The Eastern Sierra is very interesting place geologically speaking. We have obivous fault lines that you can see in the Owens River Gorge, as well as the Tablelands plateau. We are in a vallley in between the Sierra Nevada range and the White...

Historic Benton Hot Springs 2019 Events

Dine in rarely-opened historic buildings and enjoy a fun and fascinating presentation on prehistory or history in Mono County’s oldest living town.  The cost for each catered dinner and presentation is $50.00 per person with all proceeds going to Historic Benton...
10 Perfect Places for Spring Camping around Bishop

10 Perfect Places for Spring Camping around Bishop

You’re getting the itch to go camping in the Eastern Sierra, but unless you’re the hardy winter camping sort it’s a little too early to head up into the high country. Perhaps you bought some new gear recently or you need to dust off the old stuff and get things...
Super Spring Hikes around Bishop

Super Spring Hikes around Bishop

A springtime hike in the Owens Valley is pure joy. Daytime temperatures are pleasantly warm and the hours of daylight increase with each day. The trees and bushes are blossoming and wildflowers can be seen in the fields and alongside streams. There is a sense of...
Bishop Hot Springs

Bishop Hot Springs

Baby, it’s cold outside! But at Keoughs Hot Springs the water is warm and the sun is shining! Keoughs was established in 1919 and is the largest natural hot springs pool in the Eastern Sierra. Amenities include lounge chairs for sun bathing, snack bar for...
Up and Down California in 1860-1864

Up and Down California in 1860-1864

The Sierra Nevada catches all the rains and clouds from the west—to the east are deserts—so, of course, this valley sees but little rain, but where streams come down from the Sierra they spread out and great meadows of green grass occur. Tens of thousands of the starving cattle of the state have been driven in here this year, and there is feed for twice as many more. Yet these meadows comprise not over one-tenth of the valley—the rest is desert. At the base of the mountains, on either side, the land slopes gradually up as if to meet them. This slope is desert, sand, covered with boulders, and supporting a growth of desert shrub

History of Owens Valley

Hidden Pioneer History of the Owens Valley Hidden Pioneer History of the Owens Valley By Joe Pollini – Bishop Chamber of Commerce So you want to experience the early pioneer life of the Owens Valley?  Want to fascinate yourself with unique characters, stories and...

Big Pine Creek

Big Pine Creek North Fork of Big Pine Creek You’ve arrived. Well done! This page will guide you on when, where, and how to see the last glacier in California. Following the north fork of Big Pine Creek, a runner’s ideal trail steadily climbs through pine and birch...
Natural History

Natural History

Natural History Natural History of the Eastern Sierra “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” ~ Vincent van Gogh. Welcome to our Natural History page, where you can take a quick virtual visit to the many intriguing places in our beautiful big...
The 5th Season

The 5th Season

Somewhere in a season or on the cusp between two seasons is that special moment in time that stirs weather patterns deep inside and fulfills your inner awe. It is unique to you. In Bishop, we call it the 5th Season. Take a virtual tour through pages of unique adventures and find a trail, or stream, a waterfall, a vista, or a road to ride that takes you to the essence of you.

An hour or four in Bishop’s Big Backyard

An hour or four in Bishop's Big Backyard “Listen to the wind, it talks. Listen to the silence, it speaks. Listen to your heart, it knows.” ~ Native American Proverb Itinerary ideas for a quick outdoor adventure break in the Eastern Sierra On the east side of the...
Blake Jones Raffle Winners

Blake Jones Raffle Winners

Winners Announced for 2020 Blake Jones Trout Derby – Bishop Chamber Thankful for Community Support! The 52nd annual Blake Jones Trout Derby is “in the books” and considering the challenging circumstances presented by Coronavirus, organizers have deemed it a success! In order to reduce risk to derby attendees, staff and volunteers, the Chamber cancelled the weigh-in and prize party and put all entries into one big raffle. “The fish had been stocked and prizes had been gathered,” explains Chamber Event Coordinator April Leeson. “We knew people wanted to fish and they love a chance to win prizes. We’re grateful we were able to modify this year’s event at the last minute.” 339 people entered this year’s contest.

Cycling the Eastern Sierra

Cycling the Eastern Sierra

We believe there is no other place on earth that offers as much opportunity to cycle year-round in one of the most topographically diverse and beautiful regions in our country. Our paved roads are lightly trafficked and a road cyclist can ride for many, many miles without encountering a traffic light or a stop sign. The abundance of dirt trails and tracks is almost endless with access to mountain biking rides ranging from super easy and leisurely, to highly technical and challenging — and everything in between.

Here’s why!

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking Mountain Biking in the Eastern Sierra Do you love mountain biking? We bet you do. That’s why you’re on this page. Welcome! We think that there are few other places on earth that offer as much opportunity for year-round mountain biking than the Eastern...

Road Biking

Road Biking Road Biking Road Biking in the Eastern Sierra We believe there is no other place on earth that offers as much opportunity for year-round road cycling as the Eastern Sierra. It is one of the most topographically diverse and beautiful landscapes in our...
The 7 Wonders of the High Sierra

The 7 Wonders of the High Sierra

California’s High Sierra has some spectacular natural wonders and this article highlights jus a few: Emerald Bay, Yosemite Valley, the Giant Sequoias, KIng’s Canyon, Mono Lake, the Moaning Cavern, and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. If you haven’t visited, these might have to go on your bucket list!

Learn All About Sage Grouse

Join ESIA and friends to hear Noppadol Paothong highlight spring courtship behaviors of sage-grouse, which he has been documenting for 17 years for his books Save the Last Dance and Sage Grouse, Icon of the West. His talk will include the extraordinary story of the...
Ghost Mine in the Sky

Ghost Mine in the Sky

A look into the Pine Creek Tungsten Mine in Bishop, CA. Once, four hundred miners pulled tungsten from these mountains, working in three shifts, the Pine Creek Mine churning away twenty-four hours a day. It was known as the Mine in the Sky.