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One of the best parts of being in the travel and tourism industry is getting introduced to great travel writers and photographers. We’ve been inspired by many, and recently were lucky enough to run across Katherine and Romeo Belarmino’s travel blog, Travel the World. One of the posts that hit home with us was this one on traveling with their dogs. The Belarminos were kind enough to allow us to share part of it with you and add our own tips for those of you bringing Fido or Fancy to Bishop.

For some of us, our pets are like our family and we don’t like to be separated from them for too long.  When we travel, the only thing that really makes us want to come home is being able to see our two tiny dogs again.  So, while we don’t always travel with our pets, we are always looking for travel opportunities like weekend getaways where we can bring our dogs along.  However, traveling with pets is no walk in the park. Go here for our 10 tips for traveling with dogs to make your pet-friendly vacations as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.

We love traveling with our pets, but sometimes it is better to leave them at home.  While our dogs love to be with us, traveling can be stressful for them.  Staying in an unfamiliar room is stressful.  Being left alone in the room or the car is stressful.  Not being on their regular day-to-day schedule is stressful.  As pets get older, walking long distances becomes more difficult and can be painful.  Traveling with dogs can also be stressful on the humans, which can make for a less enjoyable trip.  We stress that they are going to bark at an inappropriate moment.  We stress that we’ll get a call from the hotel about bad behavior when leaving them alone.  We stress they might have an accident.  If the trip will be enjoyable for both the humans and pets, by all means, bring them along.  But if traveling with dogs will be more stress than fun, leave them at home.

Traveling with your canine best friend can be super rewarding, and all the outdoor spaces around Bishop make it an ideal place to bring your dog.  As you’re planning your trip to Bishop, we want you to have all the information you need for keeping your pet happy and healthy throughout your journey. Visit our Dog-Friendly City page, designed just for those of you traveling with your pets. You might also visit the Bishop Dog Park and City of Bishop Recreation pages for more information on the dog park.

Remember, summers in the Owens Valley can be very hot, and winters very chilly. Planning a vacation with your dog means factoring in canine comfort – whether it be a shady campsite near water, or a cozy hotel room with heat. We’ve got both here, and you can find pet-friendly hotels using sites like and Be sure to call ahead to check for specifics when booking your rooms. Most USFS and BLM campsites in the eastern Sierra are dog-friendly, but National Parks are a little stricter. Check on pet rules when reserving your campsites and make sure you bring a sturdy leash and plenty of bags for picking up and disposing of your doggie’s doo.

Most restaurants are prohibited from allowing dogs inside, but many of Bishop’s coffee shops and eateries have dog-friendly outside patios, where both you and your pet can enjoy a break from activities, or fuel up for the day. We have a short list here, but a call ahead to the establishment never hurts. Bishop and Mammoth host several pet supply and grooming businesses, and most likely you can find just what you need for Fido right here in town, including excellent veterinary care (which we hope you don’t need!). We’ve got links to other useful services for pets on our website, Bishop Visitor Information.

Public transportation in the eastern Sierra is easy and inexpensive. Dogs are allowed on the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority buses if muzzled or crated. Check the ESTA website for times, rates, and routes.

We love seeing our visitors enjoying the eastern Sierra with their dogs, and hope that you’ll share your photos with us over on our Facebook page, Visit Bishop or tag us on Instagram using @visitbishop. See you at the dog park!


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4 days ago

Love these historic photos from Tales Along El Camino Sierra.Two great photos from the tallest peak in the lower 48. 1-Visitors enjoying trip to the Alabama Hills with majestic Mt. Whitney looming behind them. Photo 2-A group on horseback back when horses were allowed to go all the way to the summit. This Frasher photo postcard is from the 1930s. ... See MoreSee Less

Love these historic photos from Tales Along El Camino Sierra.


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We miss the inyo county! So much to see and experience!

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4 days ago

We really like this concept - why limit yourself to just summer vacations? Bishop is a great destination year-round! Thanks for the shout-out, Visit USA Parks .Let's dismiss the idea of a "summer vacation", shall we? How about a "winter vacation"?! Bishop, California has so much to offer the off-season traveler: from great outdoor recreation, mild weather, unique shops and restaurants, and interesting attractions. Visit Bishop in the off-season and enjoy an inexpensive vacation, away from the crowds and packed with great experiences! #visitbishop #ThisIsMyRoute #VisitUSAParks ... See MoreSee Less

We really like this concept - why limit yourself to just summer vacations? Bishop is a great destination year-round! Thanks for the shout-out, Visit USA Parks .


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Having lived there for 10 years, totally agree! So much to do and explore!

I'm thinking of getting away in Bishop starting Christmas Day (Creekside Inn, of course!) but wondering what restaurants would be open Christmas Day in Bishop.

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6 days ago

Railroad Express is fun for the whole family! The annual Railroad Express has come and gone - we wait all year for this event and POOF! Over for another year. Tag us in your photos - you'll find us at @visitbishop here, on Instagram, and on Twitter. ... See MoreSee Less

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