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Bishop Visitor's Center

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 Center

image of the entrance to the Bishop Visitor CenterWe are located at the north end of Bishop City Park. We are packed to the ceiling with information, souvenirs, maps, and more! We’re here to help and we’d love to meet you. If there are any questions not clearly addressed below, come in and ask us in person at 690 N. Main Street. Or feel free to call (760) 873-8405.

Bishop City Park (and free WiFi)

Located centrally downtown on Main Street, the park is a popular attraction for community members and visitors alike. Enjoy free WiFi while relaxing under the shade trees and watching the ducks swim in the stream. Picnic tables and barbecues are available for family time. The rear pavilion allows picnicking in the shade while being close for the young ones to enjoy the playground. The sounds of Bishop Creek provide serenity as it flows along the length of the park. Seasonal pool, skateboard park and ball fields are also draws for visitors and community members alike. The park is located at 688 N. Main Street.

Bishop Dog Park

Adjacent to the Bishop City Park, the dog park is a safe place to run your dogs off leash. Located at 218 E. Yaney Street, the park is fully fenced, and includes grass, shade, water, and benches for getting off your feet while your dog(s) burn off some energy. The park is open one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. Whether you are staying in Bishop, or passing through, this is an easy-to-find welcome pit stop for your canine companions. http://www.cityofbishop.com/departments/parks-and-recreation/dog-park/


Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Located at 1115 West Line Street, the DMV is open 8 am – 5 pm weekdays except for holidays and closed on the weekends. The following services are offered:

  • Driver License and ID Card Processing
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Commercial Driving Test

For more information, check out the website. There is ample parking near the DMV, and the DMV building is adjacent to the administrative offices of the Bureau of Land Management and the Inyo National Forest.

City Administration, including Police Department, Fire Department, & Courthouse

You’ll find most of the City Administration offices in a two block area on West Line Street. The Fire Department is located at 209 W. Line, the Police headquarters at 207 W. Line St. and City Hall at 377 W. Line Street. The City of Bishop covers slightly less than two square miles and is governed by a five member City Council, including a mayor and mayor pro-tem. It accomplishes its duties through five main departments: police, fire, administration, community services, and public works. Find out more on the very informative City of Bishop website.


Grocery Shopping

Joseph’s Bi-Rite Market

image of a grocery store aisle.Located in the heart of downtown at 211 N. Main St., Joseph’s is an easy walk from most of the hotels and motels in Bishop. You’ll be surprised at how much this local market carries, and the variety of fresh veggies and meats available. Joseph’s also stocks a good variety of grab-and-go foods for picnics and road trips.

Manor Market

On the west end of town, perfect for a stop on your way up to Bishop Creek Canyon, is locally owned Manor Market. The incredible selection of beer and wine, a good variety of natural foods, locally grown produce (when available), grab-and-go sandwiches and more, and much more keep locals and visitors coming back to Manor Market time after time. You can find Manor Market at 3100 West Line Street, next to Ace Hardware (with the big red and white rooster on the roof).

Smart & Final

One of the two big grocery chains in town, Smart & Final recently expanded and offers a good variety of groceries for families and small businesses. It offers the closest thing you’ll find to warehouse shopping in the eastern Sierra! Shop Smart & Final at 1180 N. Main Street.

Vons

Find everything you need for your visit at Vons, 1190 N. Main Street. Classic California grocery shopping, with a wide variety of foods, staples, produce, sundries, beer, wine, and spirits.


Hardware

There are two good choices, both located on the south end of Bishop. Manor True Value is located next to Manor Market on W. Line St., on the way to Bishop Creek Canyon, while High Country Lumber is located on Main St.

High Country Lumber (Ace Hardware)

444 S. Main Street. Convenient, friendly, full service lumber and hardware store.

Manor True Value Hardware

3100 W. Line Street. Everything you want in a small town hardware store; meaning more than you ever thought possible in one small space! Friendly service.


Inyo National Forest (USFS) / BLM Information

The White Mountain Ranger Station, located at 798 N. Main St. (also known as U.S. 395), is The White Mountain Public Lands Information Center and is a one stop shop for accessing your public lands. Pick up wilderness permits, and find out road, trail, campground, and weather conditions. This facility is your gateway to recreation and wilderness exploration. Hours of Operation: May 1– Nov 1: Daily, 8AM – 5PM, Closed for Lunch, 12 – 1 PM except on weekends. Nov 2 – Apr 30 Mon – Fri, 8AM – 4PM, Closed for Lunch, 12 – 1 PM..Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr, Washington’s Birthday, and Veteran’s Day Open: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day. Check out their website for more info: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recarea/
image of some of the ceramic tiles in the Bishop library mural


Library

Go there not only for the books and WiFi, but for the ceramic mural outside! 210 Academy Street.


Northern Inyo Hospital

Located at 150 Pioneer Lane, Northern Inyo Healthcare District operates a 25-bed critical access hospital, Rural Health Clinic for primary care, Rural Health Clinic Women’s Health Center for OB/GYN services, Northern Inyo Associates for General Surgery, Breast Health, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine and Orthopedics.

Pharmacies

Bishop has three options for prescription drug refills, over-the-counter medicines, and more.

image of part of a mural atop a local business in BishopDwayne’s Friendly Pharmacy

Located at 644 W. Line Street; Dwayne’s is your small town pharmacy & gift store located closest to downtown Bishop. Dwayne’s also boasts several of Bishop’s hand-painted murals, worth stopping for!

Rite-Aid

1375 Rocking W. Drive, right off U.S. 395 on the north end of town. Find everything you need, including cosmetics, bottled water, beer, wine and spirits, and seasonal items.

Vons

The pharmacy is located inside the Vons grocery store at 1190 Main Street.


USPS Post Office

image of the outside of the Bishop, CA post office. The Bishop branch of the United States Postal Service is located at 585 West Line Street (about 5 blocks from U.S. 395), and is open 9 am – 4pm Monday – Friday except for holidays, and 9 am – 1 pm on Saturdays. Closed Sundays. There is a parking lot located just east of the building, and a website for more information: https://tools.usps.com/

UPS (United Parcel Service)

2915 N. Sierra Hwy or 3175 Rocking W. Drive

Fed Ex (the FedUp Store)

FedEx Authorized ShipCenter, also a UPS store, notary public and small business supply.
1335 Rocking W Dr. (in the Rite-Aid shopping center)

We hope this helps you find your way around and take care of those last minute needs while getting to know the town of Bishop just a little bit better. Let us know if we missed anything!

 

 

About the Author: Vickie Taton

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Since taking a chance summer job in 1980, I've lived in and loved the eastern Sierra. Sometimes home is a place you've never been before, and that is how I felt driving north into Inyo and Mono Counties so many years ago. It really doesn't matter the activity; fishing, hiking, skiing, riding my horse or mountain biking, I love the clean air, the cobalt blue sky, the constantly changing weather. Welcome! I'm happy to share a little piece of this place with you.

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