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Exploring Bishop on Foot

Bishop is a walking town – on any day or evening you’ll find people out on our downtown streets and wide sidewalks, dropping into a neighborhood shop for coffee or a meal, browsing the shops for gifts or treats, meeting up with friends for a visit. Within just a few square miles you’ll find art galleries, a public library, dog park, numerous eateries and places to quench your thirst, and of course, shopping.

panorama image of downtown Bishop

What makes a community walkable?

Destinational walking is walking to complete regular activities that take place in everyday life, with a specific end destination in mind; walking 10-15 minutes to a restaurant for dinner with friends, to school with your children, or to the grocery store to pick up fresh produce (Find more about this here).

Consider doing a little banking on your way to dinner, shop for a hostess gift while getting your daily steps in on the way to meeting a friend for coffee, or grab some freshly baked bread for dinner.

Bishop presents opportunities for high-quality, comfortable, and interesting walks. With our great weather, and the relative flatness of the city’s geography laced with wide sidewalks; Bishop really fits the walkabilty index. A typical walk to grab a cup of coffee will take you not only past several murals on Main Street, but also give you an incredible view of the crest of the Sierra Nevada. You’ll most likely pass the ducks swimming at Bishop City Park, and catch what is playing at the downtown Twin Bishop Theaters.  Make sure you check out the Bishop Mural Society for photos and information on the many downtown murals, and to link to a Google map of the mural locations before setting out.

photograph of a portion of a mural in downtown Bishop, CA

10 Reasons to Walk Bishop

  • Beautiful weather and scenery.

image of dirt road with mountains and cloudsBishop boasts almost 300 days of sunshine a year, and, except for the three hot months of summer, average daytime temperatures range from the low 50s to the mid 80s (Farenheit). In the summer, we just switch out walks to the evenings, when average temps cool off to the mid to high 50s.

You may be treated to spectacular clouds, fresh snow on the Sierra, crazy-beautiful sunsets, or the alpenglow as the sun rises over the White Mountains to the east. Late fall brings brilliant color to the valley floor, and many of the trees around Bishop will be flaunting autumn hues.

  • Locally owned restaurants, cafes and coffee shops (eat and drink from sunup past sundown).

image of downtown Bishop, CAYou will find a mixture of chain restaurants and local eateries along with a range of beverage choices from freshly pressed juices to locally roasted coffee to locally brewed beer. Whether you are looking for a sit-down dining experience or just grabbing something to go from one of the beloved bakeries your breakfast and lunch options are sure to please. Dinner options  also range from Mexican to Japanese to California fresh – fine dining to brew pub. Find options here: https://www.bishopvisitor.com/places/dining/#all

  • Public art.

image of a woman gazing at a mural

The Bishop Mural Society maintains the history-telling murals that are scattered through downtown Bishop. Although you can see many of them from your car there is nothing like getting up close and personal with a few (or all!) so that you can read the backstory and appreciate the stories they illustrate.

You won’t want to miss the gorgeous sidewalks on Warren Street and around the Courthouse along with the ceramic tile mural at the library. In the spring, summer and fall the City of Bishop maintains beautiful blooming flower pots and hanging baskets all along Main Street that are a delight to the eye.

  • Bishop City Park and the Bishop Visitor Center

image of the front of the Bishop Visitor Center

The Bishop City Park is a wonderful place to take a sack lunch and spend some time watching the ducks or surfing the web on the complimentary city WiFi. There’s plenty of shade and picnic tables, grassy areas for spreading a blanket and taking a quick snooze, open areas for tossing a frisbee.

Don’t forget to pop into the Bishop Visitor Center and meet a few of us. Our space may be small, but we are packed with information on the eastern Sierra and like nothing more than to help you with your vacation plans. Pick up maps, local lore, souvenirs and make a couple of new friends.

  • Bishop is a dog-friendly town.

photo of fenced dog park

The goal of the Bishop Dog Park is to create a well maintained, fenced, off-leash area where well-behaved canines and their owners can exercise and play. Located behind the Bishop City Park, there is are two areas, one for larger dogs and one for the smaller pooches. The dog park is open from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. You’ll find water for your dog and a safe place to run off-leash.

More information: http://www.cityofbishop.com/departments/parks-and-recreation/dog-park/

  • History.

image of a historic home in Bishop CA

Bishop has been around a long time and many of the buildings in and around downtown reflect its history. You’ll find stately bank buildings, gorgeous Victorian homes, and everything in between.

In 1862, Samuel A Bishop established a town near the Saint Francis Ranch he founded . That town was called Bishop Creek. It grew, and in April 1903 was incorporated as the City of Bishop. You can read more about the history of Bishop here: http://www.cityofbishop.com/about-bishop/city-history/

  • Clean air and exercise.

image of children feeding the ducks at Bishop City Park

In our opinion, the best exercise is the kind you don’t even really know you are doing. Walking to the park with the dog and the kids, walking to the market, walking and window-shopping… sure, we’re moving, but it isn’t like we’re climbing into sweaty gym clothes and staring at a wall of mirrors!

Kids are natural exercisers, all you have to do is separate them from their phones and they’ll be jumping, climbing, running and squatting. Think of all the energy they are burning of fwhile you get your steps in!

 

  • Shopping – from art supplies to jewelry, books to kitchen ware, outdoor gear to craft supplies.

image of storefront in Bishop, CA

You won’t see the usual cookie-cutter assortment of businesses found in many larger towns, but you will find a wide variety of locally owned shops offering clothing, gear, supplies, gifts, and souvenirs sure to please the most discerning shopper.

Take your time and pop into every store that catches your fancy. There’s everything from locally made handicrafts and jewelry, imported treasures and furnishings, and brands both big and small. From hunting and fishing to reading and artist supplies, Bishop’s local shopping has what you need. Find a list of local merchants on the Bishop Chamber of Commerce’s website: https://bishopchamberofcommerce.com/businesses/

  • Flat – wheelchair friendly and wide sidewalks.

close-up image of decorative sidewalk detail

Enjoy the ease of navigating a town built on the flats of the Owens Valley. Bishop’s sidewalks include wheelchair ramps and are wide enough to negotiate easily. Stoplights and crosswalks make crossing Main Street safer (although be sure to look both ways before stepping out into the street!), and most drivers are already alert to the many pedestrians.

Take a walk, stretch your legs, and find a treasure to take away, whether it be something in hand, a memory or a view.
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13 hours 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! 🎥🍿--

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Thank you to the Fairgrounds!!

2 days ago

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

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

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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

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

Beautiful

💞

Sweetheart.

So pretty.

So cute

Ohhhh cute!

Awww 🥰

❤️🐎❤️❗️

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5 days ago

Wishing you and your littles a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend!! ❤️

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Wishing you and your littles a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend!! ❤️

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Always enjoyed fishing the canal.

Love Bishop and the Sierras

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

My favorite place 😍🤗

We went a couple of years ago maybe 3 yrs ago what fun times we had there🤗

Beautiful

I think the big Brownies got a few of those

That's so cute.

Love that canal

Beautiful

Thank you 😊

Put any campfire completely out!

Sweet .

Be there soon

❤️😍

So many wonderful memories there!

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6 days ago

Last year... Please #RecreateResponsibly!!!Remember this from last year? The smoke was horrific, and most of the fires weren’t even right here. Please remind ANYONE that is going camping, be it here in Inyo County, or elsewhere, to PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH FIRE!!

Earlier this week Mammoth Lakes Fire Department responded to TWO different fires that started because campfires were not extinguished properly (one was a dispersed camping fire, and the other was in an area where fires are prohibited)!! It is going to be a tough year with the dry conditions, so we need to act accordingly!! Extreme fire conditions already exist. If you make a fire, please do it in a campground where there are fire pits, and make sure it is COMPLETELY out.

Please #RecreateResponsibly !!!
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Last year... Please #RecreateResponsibly!!!

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We need to stop the lightening and get rid of the power lines. No more electricity 🥰

Just everybody use common sense. And don't forget to pick up after yourselves. Leave no trace. <3

It gripes my ass when people just don't care. It doesn't take rocket science to put out a camp fire and to know how dry it is and we have international signs where people around the world know what they mean even when they can't read. They have no heart or respect for life animal's or human. I pray we don't have a repeat of last year.

It was awful, be careful out there. Be mindful of nature.

Its sound like it will be a dry summer across the west.....be careful....barb

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7 days ago

If you are wondering what it's looking like up Big Pine Creek, here is a shot from a couple of days ago. It is the view up the South Fork of Big Pine Creek from the North Fork trail. Thank you to Alan Haight for this stunning shot!!

We welcome you to send your beautiful photos to us in Messenger, or on Facebook or Instagram make sure to tag us #VisitBishop! Thank you!

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If you are wondering what its looking like up Big Pine Creek, here is a shot from a couple of days ago. It is the view up the South Fork of Big Pine Creek from the North Fork trail. Thank you to Alan Haight for this stunning shot!! 

We welcome you to send your beautiful photos to us in Messenger, or on Facebook or Instagram make sure to tag us #VisitBishop! Thank you! 

#visitbishop #RecreateResponsibly #mindfultraveler #bigpinecreek

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Gosh this is beautiful!

Some of the most rugged terrain I've ever seen is up that canyon! Truly an amazing part of the Sierras.

Have hiked in this region. So beautiful

I highly recommend visiting Bishop. So much to see and do. 🤠

My old stomping grounds!💕

I LOVE BISHOP! ❤

Love the picture

Went as far as june lake

Gorgeous!

Love it there!

Beautiful

Beautiful

Beautiful!🏔

Beautiful!

Nice

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