Bishop Visitor Logo

Bishop Visitor's Center

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!

Coronavirus Special Message

Check out the Digital Bishop Visitor Guide!

Archived Stories

Tell us:

Follow Us on Instagram

Join Us on Facebook!

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

2 days ago

Happy Friday! It doesn’t get much nicer than this. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
❤️ Bishop

#visitbishop #RecreateResponsibly #whitemountains #canalwalk
... See MoreSee Less

Happy Friday! It doesn’t get much nicer than this. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. 
❤️ Bishop 

#visitbishop #RecreateResponsibly #whitemountains #canalwalk

Comment on Facebook

What a beautiful spot! I just love that town...💐

My dream for retirement!

Wish I was there's now...

Thanks for sharing this!! So beautiful 😍

just got home from spending four days there

So beautiful and amazing picture thanks for sharing 🙂🙂❤❤

Beautiful.

See you next week bishop 🤗🤗

Pretty picture!

where is this? Mill Pond?

see you next week.

Buckley ponds?

Beautiful

How much snow does bishop have in winter time?

View more comments

3 days ago

Laaaaaabor Day Weekend plans? How about the fair?Oh hey there! 👋 Happy days from a friendly local 🐐 - Looking forward to more interaction with humans. Hope to see you at the Fair! Laaaaabor Day Weekend.

Photo credit: Jeff Simpson
#inyocounty #tricountyfairgrounds
... See MoreSee Less

Laaaaaabor Day Weekend plans? How about the fair?

Comment on Facebook

Wish I could be there! 🤗💞good times

Labor day? Go home goat, you're drunk.

Christina Flores-Hinojosa

View more comments

4 days ago

Who’s been up here? The trailhead and campground are clear of snow, the aspen are preparing to grow leaves, and it is BEAUTIFUL!! 🍃😍
(The trail undoubtedly has snow on it, so please be prepared and be EXTREMELY cautious crossing streams this time of the year!)

📷 by Betsy Forsyth
#visitbishop #RecreateResponsibly #mindfultraveler
... See MoreSee Less

Who’s been up here? The trailhead and campground are clear of snow, the aspen are preparing to grow leaves, and it is BEAUTIFUL!! 🍃😍 
(The trail undoubtedly has snow on it, so please be prepared and be EXTREMELY cautious crossing streams this time of the year!)

📷 by Betsy Forsyth
#visitbishop #RecreateResponsibly #mindfultraveler

Comment on Facebook

Yay. Me, me but, oh yeah, not for 45 years.

Yes I’ve been there!

2003, I did this loop, Lamarck Lakes to Evolution Valley to Piute Lake to Trailhead.

Hike to Lamark lake is lagit, straight up the mountain, takes about 3 hours

I’ve been there years ago

Sara Kvaas

Ben to Paiute pass and beyond many times, no bears there!

Been going to Bishop for years on are way now to Mule Days

View more comments

5 days ago

Thank you to the Fairgrounds!!Let's give it up for our local Fairgrounds to step into a summer full of safe outdoor fun; featuring more space for RV and tent camping, plus big events like Mule Days, California High School Rodeo, a Drive-In and Tailgate Concert series - all at the Tri County Fairgrounds, in Bishop! They're planning for a bigger and better year, bigger stage, better sound, bigger acts, and better seats! 🎥🍿--

#inyocounty #tricountyfairgrounds #driveinmovie
... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to the Fairgrounds!!

Comment on Facebook

Be there soon

That sounds so fun.

View more comments

6 days ago

Look at this sweet foal that was born yesterday!! 😍 Quite a Mother’s Day gift!

Photo by Julie Faber
#visitbishop
... See MoreSee Less

Look at this sweet foal that was born yesterday!! 😍 Quite a Mother’s Day gift! 

Photo by Julie Faber
#visitbishop

Comment on Facebook

How cute!

Awww. Congratulations momma

Hi sweet baby.❤️

Sweet baby horse.

Aww adorable

Truly beautiful ....well done Mummy ❤

Beautiful!!!

Beautiful horses!

Que belleza 😊 me encanta todo lo que tenga que ver con los caballos, lindo y hermoso día

Beautiful

Sara Kvaas ... not sure if you follow this page, given how we love Aspendell!

💞

Sweetheart.

So pretty.

So cute

Ohhhh cute!

Awww 🥰

❤️🐎❤️❗️

View more comments

Load more