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Notes on Home: A Villain in a Hero

Notes on Home: A Villain in a Hero

On Main Street in Bishop, California, listen to the clatter of two lanes of traffic busy with horse trailers, RVs, biker gangs, and highway patrol racing after sports cars from the city. A clutch of teenagers saunters, Wrangler-ed and Stetson-ed, in town for the rodeo...
LAWS RAILROAD MUSEUM AND HISTORIC SITE – QUICK GUIDE

LAWS RAILROAD MUSEUM AND HISTORIC SITE – QUICK GUIDE

A visit to the Laws Railroad Museum and Historic Site is a trip back in time to experience the daily life of the early settlers of the Owens Valley. Close to 50 authentic structures on eleven acres are filled with artifacts and original objects. Take a train ride on the old Death Valley car. Enjoy colorful, period-themed events and have a happy holiday with carol singing, storytelling and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Open daily – except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Bishop Twin Movie Theater – Then and Now

Bishop Twin Movie Theater – Then and Now

Intro Now The historic Bishop Twin Movie Theater, as it stands today, has been an entertainment venue for Bishop and Eastern Sierra audiences for almost 100 years. On the outside it appears to be little changed from its beginnings in 1925, but the two theaters have...
California’s Bristlecone Pines, The Oldest Living Things on Earth

California’s Bristlecone Pines, The Oldest Living Things on Earth

By Lee Foster What are the oldest living things on earth? The current consensus is that they are trees, the bristlecone pines, which grow in the White Mountains of California, east from Bishop. You can easily make their acquaintance and wander amidst a group of them....
8 Great Family Adventures in the Eastern Sierra

8 Great Family Adventures in the Eastern Sierra

Photo: @autumnpaizley “I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream.” ~ Song Lyrics, 1927, by Howard Johnson, Billy Moll, and Robert King. When I was a child I was highly amused by this saying. I would run around saying it loudly – especially in the hopes that I...
Idols of American Music at Mule Days

Idols of American Music at Mule Days

It’s true that here in the Eastern Sierra we idolize the steadfast and sturdy mule. This magnificent pack animal is, almost literally, the backbone of our western American heritage. We celebrate ‘the legacy, heritage and talents of the mule’ every Memorial Day weekend...
Taking Care of Business in Bishop

Taking Care of Business in Bishop

Even on vacation you may have a few things to take care of, and even in a small town it can take a while to find the services you need. We’ve put together a handy list of businesses and services you may be looking for in Bishop, and how to get to them. Visitors...
Extreme Sierra. Extreme Events.

Extreme Sierra. Extreme Events.

“On top of Mt. Whitney” Photo: Emiliano Reyna Extreme Sierra The Eastern Sierra is a land of extremes. There are extremes in temperature and climate, of topography and geology, about features of the fauna and flora, and in feats of human endeavor in the...
THE RAILROAD EXPRESS

THE RAILROAD EXPRESS

Intro This is the train ride of the year. In fact it’s a magical train ride into yesteryear and it only happens once every year. Do you believe in holiday magic and that wishes really do come true? Well then get your Golden Ticket and receive a happy holiday bell when...
Laws Poleta Area

Laws Poleta Area

Intro At the base of the White Mountains, 5 miles east of the center of Bishop, is an exceptional off-road motorcycling and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) area. The Poleta Open Area, covering 2,500 acres, consists of about 50 miles of single-track and ATV trails...
The Alabama Hills – A Quick Guide

The Alabama Hills – A Quick Guide

Intro The Alabama Hills, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada just west of Lone Pine, is one of Hollywood’s favorite filming locations. This monumental landscape provides a myriad of settings for movie backgrounds and evocative scenes. The beautiful rock...
OWENS RIVER GORGE

OWENS RIVER GORGE

Intro The Owens River Gorge is a deep, steep-sided canyon about 10 miles long located northwest of Bishop. It is a world-class destination for rock climbing and a favorite fishing area. The gorge offers fun and adventure all year long for climbers, anglers and hikers....
10 Weird and Wonderful Things to See in the Eastern Sierra

10 Weird and Wonderful Things to See in the Eastern Sierra

Oddities of nature and the stuff of human ingenuity and absurdity exist here in the Eastern Sierra just as they do the world over. The fascinating history of these weird and wonderful things is as incredible as the objects and attractions themselves. We find ourselves...
6½ Reasons Why Bishop Rocks

6½ Reasons Why Bishop Rocks

I could list a thousand reasons why Bishop rocks. It’s stunningly beautiful. The mountains are majestic. The high desert is surreal. The climate is wonderful. There are scores of world-class outdoor activities to be enjoyed. The city is small and attractive. The...
Local Lingo and Colloquialisms of the Eastern Sierra

Local Lingo and Colloquialisms of the Eastern Sierra

The Eastern Sierra is a lovely and unique place. Like other lovely and unique places, it has a certain language of its own. There are words and names, phrases and pronunciations that are particular and perhaps even peculiar to our part of the world. Some things have a...
Half Way Between Heaven and Well … Heaven!

Half Way Between Heaven and Well … Heaven!

The National Park Service is 100 years old this year. President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill 100 years ago directing the Department of the Interior “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of...
6 Super Spots to See Wildflowers near Bishop

6 Super Spots to See Wildflowers near Bishop

The Eastside has had a much wetter winter than previous years, during which time we too suffered from the widespread drought that affected much of California and the western US. The accumulation of snow at the higher elevations on both the Sierra Nevada and White...
4 Fabulous Photography Features

4 Fabulous Photography Features

Photography is a passion for many in the Eastern Sierra For those who live here or visit regularly photography is often a daily activity. Sometimes it’s just a momentary opportunity to snap a quick image. Other times it’s a commitment to time and place to capture a...
Road Trip: The Land of Est!

Road Trip: The Land of Est!

This is the land of est … the highest, the lowest, the largest, the saddest, the oldest, the greatest, the longest and perhaps other ests you may discover for yourself along the way. US Highway 395 from Lone Pine to Bishop – 60 miles US Highway 395 runs for 557 miles...
Motor Touring Round Valley

Motor Touring Round Valley

Read on for a motor tour of the Round Valley, Bishop area you can easily do in the morning or an afternoon. We recommend stopping by one of our friendly coffee houses for you favorite beverage before heading out on this pleasant loop, and it never hurts to throw a pair of sturdy shoes in the car in case you decide to explore a little more on foot.

I-Main Street Free Wifi

Bishop has free wifi

Stay connected while in downtown Bishop with free WiFi available on Main Street and in Bishop City Park. Thanks ICSOS & City of Bishop!

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