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It’s not unusual for temperatures to climb to and over the 100-degree mark during the summer months in Bishop. And, yes, there’s that wonderful and oft repeated phrase, “But it’s a dry heat.” Well, that’s true and it does make it a little more bearable, but for those who really need an escape, there are a great many options.

Swim

Water is the essence of life. Here in the Bishop it’s also a way to keep cool during the hot high-desert summers. In fact, there’s plenty of water. It cascades down the mountains and flows along in cool, clear streams and spreads out into ponds and lakes.

One wonderful pond situated just few miles from Bishop is Millpond Recreation Area. This is a perfect place to bring the whole family for a fun day of wading and swimming, picnicking and playing, and lying on the soft green grass under a shady tree. There are gazebos with tables and barbeques, a kids’ playground and it’s an awesome place for a big ol’ family bash. Gazebos may be reserved for special events.

Bishop City Park Pool

A sparkling blue pool with water slide and diving board is located in the heart of Bishop Park. The Bishop City Park Pool is a convenient, fun and safe place for kids of all ages to splash about or swim some laps. Public swim times are Tues – Fri: 1:00 – 4:45, and Sat & Sun: 1:00 – 5:00. General admission for public swim is $4 for children and $6 for adults. Download the 2017 pool schedule here.

Situated at a little higher elevation, precisely 5,000’ higher, is the lovely Lake Sabrina (locals pronounce it “Suh-bry-na” – no one really knows why) where you can swim, paddleboard, or rent a boat or pontoon for a day on and in the water. By the time you reach this gorgeous lake you’ll already be much cooler. Temperatures here are 20-30 degrees lower than in the valley and it’s only the incredible view that will take your breath away.

“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” ~W. H. Auden, First Things First (1956)

Fish

Lake Sabrina

Where there’s water there’s fishing, and none so wonderful as the streams and lakes of the Eastern High Sierra.

Bishop Creek Canyon is the jewel in the crown of Bishop’s outdoor activities. It is the nearest gateway to the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails. It offers world-class fishing with one of the most accessible and handicap accessible fishing spots in the area – Intake II. This is a small lake on the road up to Lake Sabrina where the fishing is ridiculous (ridiculously easy) and the setting is sublime.

Besides Intake II, Bishop Creek Canyon has more opportunities for lake fishing and stream fishing than you can shake a fishing rod at. There’s fishing in Lake Sabrina, at South Lake, in North Lake, in the ponds between the lakes, and in the dozens of lakes just a few miles from the trailheads that begin at these lakes. There’s a latticework of creeks and streams between the lakes and … well, you get the picture.

Chill out, go fishing and be rewarded with a bounty of beautiful fish – or just cool your jets. It’ll be worth it.

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” ~Henry David Thoreau

Hike

Summer hike in the Eastern Sierra – way cool!

So the cool water in the high sierra is just a little too chilly for you, and the fishing just isn’t your thing. Then take a hike! Hike the magnificent trails of the Eastern High Sierra. Within less than a mile from many of the trailheads in Bishop Creek Canyon you can be in the John Muir Wilderness. Isn’t that cool?

Or, you can take a drive to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest and go commune with the old ones. High above Bishop in the White Mountains is the Schulman Grove Visitor Center where you can see and learn about the world’s oldest living non-clonal organisms. Hike the 4.5-mile trail through the Methuselah Grove where, unmarked to protect its identity, lives Methuselah which is 4,847 years old. Just two years ago an older tree, unnamed and also unmarked, was determined to be 5,065 years old. It sprang to life in the year 3051BC and for over 5,000 years it has lived on this cold, rocky mountaintop. This really is one of the coolest things you can do.

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” ~John Muir

Eat

Bishop Burger Barn

Early in the morning and later in the evening is when it’s especially wonderful in town. The beauty of a hot Bishop summer is being able to wear your shorts and t-shirt and a pair of flip-flops for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy a meal in one of Bishop’s excellent eateries – particularly those with outdoor seating and watch the sunrise or sunset in your most comfy, casual clothes.

“First we eat, then we do everything else.” ~M.F.K. Fisher

Sleep

Big Trees Campground – Bishop Creek Canyon

Nights are coolest in every sense of the word in Bishop. Camp out under the stars in a bivvy bag, or pitch a tent by a burbling stream. There is free dispersed camping available in many locations around town and there are more than 20 campgrounds in our big backyard.

Take your pick of one of 21 great lodging facilities for a night in a bed with indoor climate control to get you refreshed and ready for another day of exploration in the Eastern High Sierra.

“There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.” ~Homer, The Odyssey

Repeat

Swim. Fish. Hike. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.

Eastern Sierra Transit services all these great places, including a twice-daily shuttle up Bishop Creek Canyon, so you can run around town and up to the mountains without breaking a sweat. Find out more about Dial-a-Ride and the shuttle at estransit.com.

Call or stop in at the Bishop Visitor Center at 690 N. Main St., (760) 873-8405 to get all the coolest information on what to do and where to go. The friendly, knowledgeable staff can supply maps, give you directions, and get you set up for a super cool vacation in the Eastern Sierra.

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” ~Confucius

 

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1 day ago

We appreciate our local businesses as they are working to #KeepBishopSafe. The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Inyo County continue to climb, so we ask you to please do your part to keep our community safe as well!! Thank you. ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

We appreciate our local businesses as they are working to #KeepBishopSafe. The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Inyo County continue to climb, so we ask you to please do your part to keep our community safe as well!! Thank you. ❤️

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Stay safe! I want to visit this fall!

I'm going to keep telling you Bishop just how much I miss you. 💜💜💜😷🐈

Maybe next summer I can come, and I will wear a mask if still needed. Love the High Sierras.

Great job

I'm GOING to visit this fall! I promise myself!

Where is the truck located?

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3 days ago

It’s official...WE LOVE THE FAIR, BUT WE LOVE YOU MORE.

Sad news to our friends and families and riders and destruction derby drivers: The Tri County Fair has officially been cancelled for 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic rages on..... Fortunately, it looks like we are planning a major comeback in 2021 and for many years to come.
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It’s official...

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Darn, I was thinking about going there for your fair since ours was cancelled here.😏

Ok, but it will be missed!

. Not in Bollings it is going on this week

Sad, but necessary..

This year sucks!!

It will be back bigger and better, than ever. Stay well. <3

It's the Dems again!

Do sorry,. next year.

What ! Ran out of jobs !

Me too.

A couple more months of stuff like this and there will be Prime real estate in Bishop selling cheap!

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6 days ago

Heading into the weekend dreaming of backcountry lakes... which is your favorite?
#DreamNowVisitLater #KeepBishopSafe
Thank you Instagram user @kimonlhi for this spectacular shot!!
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Heading into the weekend dreaming of backcountry lakes... which is your favorite? 
#DreamNowVisitLater #KeepBishopSafe
Thank you Instagram user @kimonlhi for this spectacular shot!!

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Would have guessed Split Mtn, but have only flown over these mountains twice.

Too many to choose, the higher and more remote the better

Saddle Bag Lake. ❤️

Blue lake! The best, at least I know of~!!!

I need a good-looking tour guide(male) to show me around on my next visit. 😉🐈😷

So beautiful. I miss being up there.

Mt. Aggasisz? I probably butchered that spelling.

Blue Lake

Blue lake❣

Sabrina

Dorothy Lake

Horton Lake

Dorothy and Mildred

Beautiful

I'm guessing the trail to Bishop Pass at Bishop Lakes. :)

Beautiful

Upper Lamarck

Beautiful

That’s beautiful.

Nice 👍

Ruwau Lake, Tyee Lakes, upper Lamark lake, Blue lake, & Little Lakes Valley.

Terra Rankin

Lake.

Johanna Atwell

Any part of Bishop is fine, I JUST WANT TO BE THERE TO ENJOY THIS BEAUTIFUL PLACE! 😀❤️😄💙

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1 week ago

Our friends at Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association welcome everyone to stop by for in-person visitor service plus a great selection of area maps, books and more. They do a great job of helping our guests recreate responsibly!Thanks ESIA for providing helpful information and advice to visitors on responsible recreation in our region! ... See MoreSee Less

Our friends at Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association welcome everyone to stop by for in-person visitor service plus a great selection of area maps, books and more.  They do a great job of helping our guests recreate responsibly!

1 week ago

Community: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals (Oxford Dictionary)
We are grateful to our COMMUNITY locally and afar, for loving and supporting BISHOP and Inyo County. ❤️

Here is a little glimpse of how our community has pulled together over the past few months:
www.bishopvisitor.com/eastern-sierra-covid-stories/
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Community: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals (Oxford Dictionary)
We are grateful to our COMMUNITY locally and afar, for loving and supporting BISHOP and Inyo County.  ❤️

Here is a little glimpse of how our community has pulled together over the past few months:
https://www.bishopvisitor.com/eastern-sierra-covid-stories/

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The community stories are wonderful

The big deal when I was growing up was going to the Tri-County Fair rodeo, taking in a movie, and having dinner...all over Labor Day. Then there were the trips from Mammoth to Bishop to go to the grocery store, topped off by a stop at Schatz for sandwiches and to buy bread. What a wonderful place!!!

Used to watch movies at this theater back in the early 70's. Great memories wonderful town. I visit just about every year and enjoy the old school vibe. My parents started AYSO soccer in Bishop. I used to bicycle down the street as a kid, drop a fishing line and pull out lots of trout.

No Bishop does not need a Walmart mart or another supposed better grocery store. We do not have the people to work them. Plus we have new buildings that weren't supposed to be built and a whole mess of empty buildings. We want to keep it a small town feel.

I was sorry to hear that the JC Penny store closed there. I used to work there when I lived in Cali. I had the most wonderful coworkers and the best boss ever!!! Bishop will live on in my heart forever.

Remember Jill Kenmont👍👍

Great little town Bishop is, leave it alone. My mom graduated from Bishop High school, we went to Bishop many years for Christmas with my Grandparents

I was born in Bishop and moved out around 1990. I've moved all over California since then, and no matter where I moved to I always wanted to go back. Some day... Maybe when my kids are all grown and out of the house I'll take my wife and dogs and move back...

Great town. can't wait to come visit when things calm down. Missed Mule days and our family reunion at the lodge but we will be back

Looking forward to visiting as soon and we can! We love Bishop!

Love Bishop! Just passed thru Monday on the way back from Yosemite!

Bishop is in one of the most beautiful settings on Earth. The eastern Sierra and the Owens Valley will persevere.

I love that Bishop is a smaller town. It part id it s charm for visitors. Needed some items last trip , found them in town and what friendly people !! And you should fit your town , not always for the town to fit you.

3 yrs ago we just started driving , landed in Bishop, stayed several days, just loved that trip, no fish but who cares .... 😍🎣🚗💨💨

best town in California

We believe in Bishop. Stay well. <3

Between 1934 and 1939, I spent some Saturday afternoons watching movies at the theatre in Bishop - think the Hollands owned it then - one of the Holland boys was in my elementary school grade. Best wishes to all.

Bishop is fine the way it is.

Please don't change! I love you the way you are!!

We would like to keep it that way, but there are a lot of people coming into the area now who are leaving their trash on the ground & putting graffiti on any available surface. Do that S... at home, not in our town.

You have no idea how badly I need to visit You Bishop.

Saw it has been 100 degrees up there.

Play my brother Danny scene Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at that theater years and years ago

Lived here in the early 80’s

Soon as possible.

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