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Nature! The Natural Healer.

Nature! The Natural Healer.

It’s proven. Nature is flat out good medicine!

Each time we visit a natural environment we benefit as individuals. We have fun. We learn. We relax and de-stress. We get exercise. We get solitude and we can make positive social connections.

We have a wonderful, wild, big backyard here in the Eastern Sierra and we’re committed to caring for it. Please join us! Be part of protecting and preserving our public lands.

Take Bishop’s Big Backyard Pledge…

California’s Biggest Playground Also Has a Great Downtown

California’s Biggest Playground Also Has a Great Downtown

If you’re outdoorsy like myself, then Bishop, California is one of those fairytale destinations. You might be rock climbing in the morning and mountain biking by the afternoon. The trail options are limitless, and I bet that even the multi-generational locals...
3 Things Pet-Parents Must Do In Bishop

3 Things Pet-Parents Must Do In Bishop

If you’re a pet parent, one of the first things you’ll want to know about an area before you pay it a visit, is whether it is pet friendly or not. We know that your dog is a part of your family, and when you travel to new places you want to bring him with you to...
Keough’s Hot Springs Celebrates 100 Years!!

Keough’s Hot Springs Celebrates 100 Years!!

Locals and visitors have flocked to Keough’s Hot Springs for one hundred years to enjoy the relaxing, healing waters. In August 1919, Phillip Keough, an Eastern Sierra pioneer, leader in civic affairs, and owner of the City Market in Bishop, purchased the...
Waterfalls of the Eastern Sierra

Waterfalls of the Eastern Sierra

The sound and scene of flowing water, particularly when it’s falling over a rocky cliff or cascading down a rocky chute, instills a sense of wonder and peace. We’ve created an extensive guide to show where each of the noteworthy falls is located and how best to see, photograph, and get near them. Some of our beautiful falls can be seen from vista points along mountain roads that will take you well into the alpine and sub-alpine regions of the Sierra Nevada. Many more can only be seen from hiking trails within our national forest and wilderness areas. A visit to a wild and scenic waterfall in the Sierra Nevada is an extraordinary experience.

Create Your Special Event in Bishop

Create Your Special Event in Bishop

If you are planning a special event take a look at Bishop. We have incredible venues where you can create your dream event. Bishop is in one of the most beautiful parts of our country and our region has an incredibly diverse range of settings and seasonal options.

Bishop is where wishes come true and beautiful memories are made.

Stargazing in the Eastern Sierra

Stargazing in the Eastern Sierra

Did you know that there are countless children and adults who have never seen the Milky Way? Experts say that 80% of North Americans can no longer see the Milky Way from where they live due to light pollution.

We believe everyone should have the opportunity to see, at least once in a lifetime, the amazing spectacle of the Milky Way and an intensely sparkling, starry night sky.

The heart of the Eastern Sierra is perfectly situated for a brilliant night sky experience. Take a look at our interactive night sky page and plan your trip now.

Another Woman’s Treasure: Amy Wicks’ Climbing Rope Art

Another Woman’s Treasure: Amy Wicks’ Climbing Rope Art

Check it out in the park, Saturday April 20! By Kendra Atleework When I first met Amy Wicks, we were mostly upside down. There was a good reason for this—we’d both enrolled in an aerial silks class, which involves tying yourself in knots and swinging around in the...
A Morning or Afternoon in Bishop’s Big Backyard

A Morning or Afternoon in Bishop’s Big Backyard

Whether you’re a regular visitor or a traveler, you might find yourself in Bishop with a morning or an afternoon to yourself and wonder, “What should I do?”

Maybe you’d like to find something new or maybe you need to find out what you can do. We’ve created four short adventure possibilities – one for each season. So you get to try four fantastic experiences that could be the start a beautiful relationship with our big backyard.

The Most Isolated Place in the World

The Most Isolated Place in the World

First Place in the Mary Austin Prize for Writing contest Naiya Luna Warren Bishop High School Death Valley – full of gyrating heat waves, dusty landscapes that last an eternity contrasted with intermittent blips of apricot mallow and occasional swaths of desert...
Why I keep coming back to Bishop, California

Why I keep coming back to Bishop, California

I’m not going to lie, I was stoked to return to Bishop, California. As in, I threw my arms around and did a little victory dance at my desk. Some places–like Bishop–just grab a hold of you, and though you’re traveling, they make you feel at...
Fish Stocking by the Bucket

Fish Stocking by the Bucket

A 2007 survey by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife counted 12,000 fish per mile in Hot Creek — one of the highest densities of wild trout in California. A follow-up in 2016 indicated the number had plummeted by a staggering 92 percent. Read more about the efforts to save this terrific fishery.

Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center

Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center

The Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center is both a museum and cultural center that serves the community and safeguards its history. It is a place to preserve and tell the story of the old ways and a place for the community to come together to learn, teach and continue the traditional ways. The exhibits in the museum are beautifully illustrated snapshots of the lives…

Owens Valley Radio Observatory

Owens Valley Radio Observatory

2018 marks 60 years of observation at the Owens Valley Radio Observatory.
This is a truly awesome facility to visit for aspiring and current scientists, astronomers, and anyone who has a keen interest in learning about our world – especially our extra-terrestrial world.

A Guide to Cardinal Mine in Bishop Creek Canyon

A Guide to Cardinal Mine in Bishop Creek Canyon

The history of mining in California is long and legendary. The Cardinal Mine, located on the North Fork of Bishop Creek just above the settlement of Aspendell, is a fascinating relic of gold mining in the Eastern Sierra. This is the perfect place for families, anglers, and nature lovers to explore.

Matching the Hatch

Matching the Hatch

I got into the fly-fishing industry as a fly tier. I’ve gotten good at tying exact imitations of other fly fishers fly patterns and imitating the insects found in the waters of the Eastern Sierra. I’ve also fished the major hatches in the Sierra with reliable success. Read more…

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...
Bishop by the Water (Part 3)

Bishop by the Water (Part 3)

Photo: @lanedumm on Instagram “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water,” — Loren Eiseley. Payahǖǖnadǖ. “Place of flowing water.” (Numic) The place of flowing water is the Owens Valley, as it is now more commonly known. It was once a wet, flood...

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