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Exploring Bishop on Foot

Bishop is a walking town – on any day or evening you’ll find people out on our downtown streets and wide sidewalks, dropping into a neighborhood shop for coffee or a meal, browsing the shops for gifts or treats, meeting up with friends for a visit. Within just a few square miles you’ll find art galleries, a public library, dog park, numerous eateries and places to quench your thirst, and of course, shopping.

panorama image of downtown Bishop

What makes a community walkable?

Destinational walking is walking to complete regular activities that take place in everyday life, with a specific end destination in mind; walking 10-15 minutes to a restaurant for dinner with friends, to school with your children, or to the grocery store to pick up fresh produce (Find more about this here).

Consider doing a little banking on your way to dinner, shop for a hostess gift while getting your daily steps in on the way to meeting a friend for coffee, or grab some freshly baked bread for dinner.

Bishop presents opportunities for high-quality, comfortable, and interesting walks. With our great weather, and the relative flatness of the city’s geography laced with wide sidewalks; Bishop really fits the walkabilty index. A typical walk to grab a cup of coffee will take you not only past several murals on Main Street, but also give you an incredible view of the crest of the Sierra Nevada. You’ll most likely pass the ducks swimming at Bishop City Park, and catch what is playing at the downtown Twin Bishop Theaters.  Make sure you check out the Bishop Mural Society for photos and information on the many downtown murals, and to link to a Google map of the mural locations before setting out.

photograph of a portion of a mural in downtown Bishop, CA

10 Reasons to Walk Bishop

  • Beautiful weather and scenery.

image of dirt road with mountains and cloudsBishop boasts almost 300 days of sunshine a year, and, except for the three hot months of summer, average daytime temperatures range from the low 50s to the mid 80s (Farenheit). In the summer, we just switch out walks to the evenings, when average temps cool off to the mid to high 50s.

You may be treated to spectacular clouds, fresh snow on the Sierra, crazy-beautiful sunsets, or the alpenglow as the sun rises over the White Mountains to the east. Late fall brings brilliant color to the valley floor, and many of the trees around Bishop will be flaunting autumn hues.

  • Locally owned restaurants, cafes and coffee shops (eat and drink from sunup past sundown).

image of downtown Bishop, CAYou will find a mixture of chain restaurants and local eateries along with a range of beverage choices from freshly pressed juices to locally roasted coffee to locally brewed beer. Whether you are looking for a sit-down dining experience or just grabbing something to go from one of the beloved bakeries your breakfast and lunch options are sure to please. Dinner options  also range from Mexican to Japanese to California fresh – fine dining to brew pub. Find options here: https://www.bishopvisitor.com/places/dining/#all

  • Public art.

image of a woman gazing at a mural

The Bishop Mural Society maintains the history-telling murals that are scattered through downtown Bishop. Although you can see many of them from your car there is nothing like getting up close and personal with a few (or all!) so that you can read the backstory and appreciate the stories they illustrate.

You won’t want to miss the gorgeous sidewalks on Warren Street and around the Courthouse along with the ceramic tile mural at the library. In the spring, summer and fall the City of Bishop maintains beautiful blooming flower pots and hanging baskets all along Main Street that are a delight to the eye.

  • Bishop City Park and the Bishop Visitor Center

image of the front of the Bishop Visitor Center

The Bishop City Park is a wonderful place to take a sack lunch and spend some time watching the ducks or surfing the web on the complimentary city WiFi. There’s plenty of shade and picnic tables, grassy areas for spreading a blanket and taking a quick snooze, open areas for tossing a frisbee.

Don’t forget to pop into the Bishop Visitor Center and meet a few of us. Our space may be small, but we are packed with information on the eastern Sierra and like nothing more than to help you with your vacation plans. Pick up maps, local lore, souvenirs and make a couple of new friends.

  • Bishop is a dog-friendly town.

photo of fenced dog park

The goal of the Bishop Dog Park is to create a well maintained, fenced, off-leash area where well-behaved canines and their owners can exercise and play. Located behind the Bishop City Park, there is are two areas, one for larger dogs and one for the smaller pooches. The dog park is open from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. You’ll find water for your dog and a safe place to run off-leash.

More information: http://www.cityofbishop.com/departments/parks-and-recreation/dog-park/

  • History.

image of a historic home in Bishop CA

Bishop has been around a long time and many of the buildings in and around downtown reflect its history. You’ll find stately bank buildings, gorgeous Victorian homes, and everything in between.

In 1862, Samuel A Bishop established a town near the Saint Francis Ranch he founded . That town was called Bishop Creek. It grew, and in April 1903 was incorporated as the City of Bishop. You can read more about the history of Bishop here: http://www.cityofbishop.com/about-bishop/city-history/

  • Clean air and exercise.

image of children feeding the ducks at Bishop City Park

In our opinion, the best exercise is the kind you don’t even really know you are doing. Walking to the park with the dog and the kids, walking to the market, walking and window-shopping… sure, we’re moving, but it isn’t like we’re climbing into sweaty gym clothes and staring at a wall of mirrors!

Kids are natural exercisers, all you have to do is separate them from their phones and they’ll be jumping, climbing, running and squatting. Think of all the energy they are burning of fwhile you get your steps in!

 

  • Shopping – from art supplies to jewelry, books to kitchen ware, outdoor gear to craft supplies.

image of storefront in Bishop, CA

You won’t see the usual cookie-cutter assortment of businesses found in many larger towns, but you will find a wide variety of locally owned shops offering clothing, gear, supplies, gifts, and souvenirs sure to please the most discerning shopper.

Take your time and pop into every store that catches your fancy. There’s everything from locally made handicrafts and jewelry, imported treasures and furnishings, and brands both big and small. From hunting and fishing to reading and artist supplies, Bishop’s local shopping has what you need. Find a list of local merchants on the Bishop Chamber of Commerce’s website: https://bishopchamberofcommerce.com/businesses/

  • Flat – wheelchair friendly and wide sidewalks.

close-up image of decorative sidewalk detail

Enjoy the ease of navigating a town built on the flats of the Owens Valley. Bishop’s sidewalks include wheelchair ramps and are wide enough to negotiate easily. Stoplights and crosswalks make crossing Main Street safer (although be sure to look both ways before stepping out into the street!), and most drivers are already alert to the many pedestrians.

Take a walk, stretch your legs, and find a treasure to take away, whether it be something in hand, a memory or a view.
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3 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

Beautiful

Upper Lamarck

Beautiful

That’s beautiful.

Nice 👍

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

Terra Rankin

Lake.

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

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4 days 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!

5 days 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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Love Bishop been there a couple times I can’t wait till I go back to visit 😊👍

love bishop

Was there many times.

Live there and love it

Love Bishop!

Love Bishop.

wish I still lived there

I’m a Hoosier that loves to visit Bishop!

Love Bishop too!

Gateway to heaven or as close as you can get

Been in bishop twice. ❤️ both times

It's beautiful, clean, but, to darn hot 😎😎😎😎

Love Bishop. Born and raise there

My home town

Does anyone know if they are having the car show in October this year?

we just move out here and we need a store to buy home stuff like target or even walmart 😤😫

Be there on 22sd for a week of camping and fishing creekside RV park

Is the KMart there out of business?

Make this a sticker for purchase.

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1 week ago

Bishop’s beauty continues to amaze us. 😍

#keepbishopsafe!! Thank you!!

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Bishop’s beauty continues to amaze us. 😍

#keepbishopsafe!! Thank you!!

Photo by Sean B Plunkett

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So beautiful. Love Bishop and miss it so much.

Gorgeous photo! Stay safe my friends! We hope to see you in 2021!

So beautiful, love your site 🙂🙂❤❤

So beautiful. A field of Lupins.

Beautiful only 108 degrees

So Gorgeous! 😍

Beautiful!

Gorgeous!

Beautiful

Beautiful

Absolutely beautiful

Love the flowers...but need to get rid tourists...we have followed all the rules..NO TRAVELING..NOT YET...but are counties get more C-19..please leave and take your 🗑 with you

Awesome!!! Sean plunkett

Very beautiful picture

Pretty Hot right now but Beautiful ❣️

Beautiful

Beautiful

Beautiful.

What plant is this?

Andrew Peterson

Eileen Stephens

So beautiful

Beautiful picture

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