More Bishop Attractions
More Bishop Attractions
Here are more ideas for fun and exciting things to do in the Bishop area!
This steep, rocky, dirt road is for high clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles, ATVs, and mountain bikes only. This ultimately scenic area, just southwest of Bishop, offers an “off-the-beaten-path” place for your day-long excursion 10,000 feet into a remote mountain region. Primitive camping is available here. It also offers easy access to park and hike to Thunder & Lightening Lake in the John Muir Wilderness. To get there, take Barlow Lane south from Line St. (SR 168), then right on Underwood Lane to where it begins to curve right to become Reata Rd. Head northwest at the dirt road, take the first major dirt road heading west. Due to snow, the road is mostly impassable until late spring or early summer. On a mountain bike, you may find the road extremely difficult, very steep and rocky with no water for the first 9 miles. Please stay on the road and tread lightly, and use discretion when entering the Coyote Flat region.
The beautiful and calm waters of the Owens River has a mystique all its own. From the quietest sunrise to the sound filled wildlife abounding sunsets the Owens River brings you the splendor of the valley plus year-round fishing! The river is planted with big trophy trout by the Bishop Chamber and stocked by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. To get to the Owens River, take any number of roads east out of Bishop for two miles or so on average and find yourself among the wildlife and wild lands of the Owens Valley. Fishing, biking, photography, and birding are the short list of activities and exciting discoveries awaiting you. Follow the dirt roads that parallel the river and pick your own great fishing spot! For those interested in floating the river please stop by the Bishop Visitor Center.
Bishop Creek Recreational Area
A striking example of Sierra scenery and a fisherman’s paradise, Bishop Creek Canyon is located just 16 miles west of downtown Bishop, offering you a wide array of fantastic adventures. Take SR 168 (West Line St. ) from downtown Bishop and be prepared with camera in hand for hiking, biking and simply great camping opportunities. Take a day or take the week, there is enough adventure for the entire family. Be sure to visit this area during late September through early October to enjoy the spectacular changing of the fall colors. Bright golden yellows and crimson will fill your camera and heart with the sunshine only nature brings. We hope you find your way to Bishop Creek today!
Chalk Bluff and Volcanic Tablelands
Head North out of Bishop and in just a few minutes you will find yourself in the Volcanic Tablelands that formed 750,000 years ago by enormous eruptions of glowing volcanic ash. Today the tablelands and the area knows as Chalk Bluff at their southern edge, is an outdoor enthusiast’s delight. Exploring, hiking, birding, photography, and bouldering – you’ll find all that and more in this area. The Happy and Sad Boulders have become popular with climbers. The Owens River running along the base of the tablelands at Chalk Bluff, is open year-round to fishing. A portion of this section of the rivers is designated as a Wild Tout area with special regulations. The Volcanic Tablelands and Fish Slough area offer vast vistas and ancient Indian Petroglyphs (rock carvings). From Bishop, Take Highway 6 North for one mile then turn left on Five Bridges Road. Pass through the gravel plant then turn right on Fish Slough Road where the road forks at the dead trees.
The link below is a short description of the Fish Slough Petroglyphs North of Bishop on the Petroglyph Loop. It is narrated by an outstanding archaeologist by the name of Kirk Halford. Did you know that the Fish Slough Brochure Map we distribute in the visitor center was originally recorded by anthropologists in 1882 and is over 5,000 years old?
Laws Railroad Museum
In the 1880’s the Carson and Colorado Railroad Company built a railroad from Mound House, Nevada to Keeler, California. One of its stops was Laws. In 1961 the railroad ceased operation. Of the many buildings that had sprung up around the railroad, only the depot, agent’s house, oil and water tanks, and the turntable survived. Today those artifacts stand with other buildings and exhibits on the grounds of this 11-acre museum. Open 10 am to 4 p.m. No admission fee. From Bishop, take Highway 6 north for 4.5 miles. Turn Right onto Silver Canyon Road and Museum is on the right. Visit www.lawsmuseum.org for more information.
Owens River Gorge
Climbers will find routes of all description in the Owens River Gorge. In the spring the rim of the Gorge is teeming with wildflowers. And Fishermen will find feisty trout in the Owens River – open all year in this section, in the bottom of the gorge. From Bishop, drive approximately 14 miles north on Highway 395. Take the Gorge Road East, turn left (north) on the Gorge Parallel Road.
Take the High road or take the Low road, just get to Rock Creek Canyon. Year round adventure and outdoor excitement await everyone. Fishing, camping and winter time snow adventure. Cross country skiing and amusing snow park will delight the young and young at heart.