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Bishop Travel Guide: 80 reviews and 131 photos

Bishop is a pleasant town, the largest in the Eastern Sierra region except for winter weekend's when Mammoth Lakes rushes to grab the honors. The town, to the traveller, is full of gas stations, motels and restaurants - both fast and otherwise. It lies at the terminus of US Route 6, but most traffic is north-south on US 395. There is a small native Indian reservation on the western edge of town with its obligatory gambling casino. The town is set deep in the Owens Valley, surrounded by the high Sierran eastern wall on the west and the dry, but equally high, White Mountain range to the east. There is a little train museum just outside of town, but most people are heading to the wilds high in the surrounding mountains. The majority head up California route 168 to the lakes and trails emanating from North, South and Sabrina Lake roadends. Others will drive up into the White Mountains, in search of the oldest trees in the world, the bristlecone pine - over 4000 years old. Note that when driving up to the Whites you are starting from 4000 feet and going to over 11000 feet at the farthest bristlecone grove.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:World class outdoor region
  • Cons:Busy in August; don't try and order from Sheperd's Bakery after the tour bus has stopped!
  • In a nutshell:A portal to some of California's Best Nature
  • Intro Updated May 6, 2003
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  • tomatohead's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2006 at 4:35 PM

    Nice picture of Drunken Sailor Lake. My husband's granddad and g. uncle named it back in the '30s

  • RedEaredPanda's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2004 at 7:07 PM

    Great photos and tips on Bishop.. Fished owens river many many times.. Have great memories of the area in general even the one time I gambled and lost over $300 drunk in the Indian Casino LOLL Beautiful captures of the area on film.. Rafi

  • Aug 30, 2004 at 8:04 AM

    I grew up in Bishop.... I really enjoyed your photos! I sure do miss the Owens Valley and the mountains in general. Thanks for sharing your photos!

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2004 at 10:12 PM

    I used to think the best thing that could happen to Owens Valley was to put a bullet train through it to shorten the trip from LA to Mammoth. Your photos tell me I failed to look beyond the asphalt. GREAT pics of the place that inspired "Chinatown!"

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