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BUTTERMILK COUNTRY – Year Round Playground

BUTTERMILK COUNTRY – Year Round Playground

Intro Buttermilk Country is a well-known, world-class bouldering destination. The massive boulders provide some of the most accessible and diverse bouldering in the country with routes that offer everything from fun scrambling to highly technical ‘problems’ that...
Owens River Gorge – Climbing

Owens River Gorge – Climbing

Intro The Owens River Gorge is a massive collection of some of the finest sport climbing that California has to offer. With over 300 routes ranging from 5.6 to 5.13, this crag has something for everyone. The rock in the Owens River Gorge is a type of volcanic tuff...
Bishop to Rock Creek – Cycling

Bishop to Rock Creek – Cycling

Intro This bucket list climb is one of the most challenging, but rewarding efforts, a serious cyclist can tackle—there’s a reason this ride is considered one of the best in the area. The major steep, sharp climb takes place on the second half of the route, but the...
Grass Lake Loop – Trail Running

Grass Lake Loop – Trail Running

Intro In the Inyo National Forest, one trail is quietly becoming a great training run for trail runners in the greater Bishop Area. Known as the Grass Lake Loop, this 5k running route is the ideal loop for training, or just a relaxing jaunt into the gorgeous John Muir...
4 Wonderful Winter Road Bike Rides Around Bishop

4 Wonderful Winter Road Bike Rides Around Bishop

Thanksgiving weekend is a wonderful time to start a winter road biking regimen. After the helpings of good food and time indoors with family and friends the first ride of the holidays will begin to work off the excess and exhilarate the body and mind. Research has...
Winter Fly Fishing – the lower Owens River

Winter Fly Fishing – the lower Owens River

November 15 is a sad day in the life of an Eastern Sierra trout angler. It is the last day of the general fishing season. Fortunately, there are a handful of special regulated waters that offer winter fishing opportunities in the off season. They’re the West and East...
Lower Owens River – Fishing

Lower Owens River – Fishing

Intro Located below Pleasant Valley Reservoir and just north of Bishop, the Lower Owens River parallels Highway 395, making it easily accessible and a perfect spot for winter fly fishing. The river makes its way through a valley surrounded by the striking peaks of the...
Bishop Adds Up To More Fun This Winter

Bishop Adds Up To More Fun This Winter

Where do crisp, snowy mountain mornings and sunny, warm high desert afternoons add up to the perfect winter experience? In Bishop, of course! Follow freshies at Mammoth Mountain with afternoon fishing on the Lower Owens River. Add a vertical component to your morning...
Whip it, Strip it, Fly it, Tie it.

Whip it, Strip it, Fly it, Tie it.

How could I resist? Scrolling down the list of workshops, clinics and seminars for the Southwest Council of International Fly Fishers annual Fly Fishing Faire last October, the name of one clinic stopped me in my tracks. A whole day of fly fishing for women, by women,...
London. Paris. New York. Bishop.

London. Paris. New York. Bishop.

During the last century the major urban centers of the world were traditionally hubs for creativity where low-cost urban living and compact communities were places where artists could live inexpensively and create art. The lifestyle was such that artists could gather...
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...
Awesome Autumn Fishing in the Bishop Creek Canyon

Awesome Autumn Fishing in the Bishop Creek Canyon

Every September after Labor Day, a sense of stillness descends on the Bishop Creek Canyon.  The kids are back in school, the family vacationers have come and gone, and the hustle and bustle of the summertime gives way to the relative peace and quiet of fall. It is...
The Season for Gold in Bishop

The Season for Gold in Bishop

The Olympic Games have ended and will happen again in 2020, but here in the Eastern Sierra gold is far more easily attained and is awarded to us every year. When the air cools and summer turns to autumn the leaves begin to change color and an abundance of yellow,...
Bishop is a dog-friendly destination

Bishop is a dog-friendly destination

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...
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...
Finding Solitude – An Essential Guide

Finding Solitude – An Essential Guide

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir. The annals of history are full of the reminiscences of women and men who have sought and found solitude in the mountains. Many of these individuals also found inspiration there and much of our cultural heritage...
Lake Sabrina – Hiking

Lake Sabrina – Hiking

Intro Lake Sabrina leads to several trails that reveal a series of alpine lakes in glacial basins and several 13,000-foot peaks along the way. High in the Sierra Nevadas not far from Bishop, California, hikers can embark on strenuous day hikes or multi-day backpacking...
Independence Day in the Eastern Sierra

Independence Day in the Eastern Sierra

Celebrating Independence Day in the Eastern Sierra is a whole weekend full of fun. From Friday, July 1st to Monday, July 4th there are exciting activities available for the whole family. From the city of Independence to the town of Mammoth Lakes, with Bishop midway...
Fun 4×4 Adventures near Bishop

Fun 4×4 Adventures near Bishop

The valley is wide, the mountains high, and exhilarating 4×4 adventures are almost limitless. The Inyo National Forest is home to some of the nation’s most spectacular alpine scenery. A legal system of roads and trails for motorized vehicles was designated here...
Field Guide to Aquatic Stream Insects of the Sierra Nevada

Field Guide to Aquatic Stream Insects of the Sierra Nevada

… and why they’re so important! June in the Eastern Sierra is “take a kid or friend fishing” month. Our big backyard is the perfect place to teach your youngsters and friends about fishing. Besides the fresh mountain air, wide open spaces, crystal clear streams and...
Night Photography: Beautiful Bishop After Dark

Night Photography: Beautiful Bishop After Dark

It is with great pleasure we offer you this guest post (with a link to the entire blog post and more photos) by Katherine Belarmino. Katherine and Romeo Belarmino are the authors of Travel the World, a travel blog for the everyday working stiff. They work full-time in...
All the Ins & Outs of Camping in Bishop Creek Canyon

All the Ins & Outs of Camping in Bishop Creek Canyon

It’s not a secret, but it certainly is a best-kept area – especially for camping. Bishop Creek Canyon is a large area of about 30 square miles where the North, Middle, and South Forks of Bishop Creek drain down toward the Owens Valley. At the head of each fork...
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