"Bishop - Confluence of Rednecks and Mountain Folk" Top 5 Page for this destination Bishop by tomatohead

Bishop Travel Guide: 80 reviews and 131 photos

In the Beautiful Owens Valley

The Owens Valley is one of the deepest valleys in the world. It gets an average of 6 inches of rain a year which is why it is so brown.

Its mountain ranges, the Sierra Nevadas and the Whites, are among the highest in N. America. They both have 14,000 ft./4,200m. peaks!

Bishop, the largest town in the Owens Valley, has great peakbagging, hiking, rock climbing, fishing, hang and paragliding juxtaposed with Western and "redneck" experiences like Mule Days, the tri-county fair, and fellas smokin' outside Rusty's - the local bar.

If you see some freaks driving around town in a 1975 Cadillac El Dorado converitble wearing day-glo wigs, say "Hi" ..that'll be us.

A friend of mine told me that the Valley looks JUST LIKE parts of Afghanistan.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Two impressive mountain ranges, a gorgeous desert floor, small town feel- it's so far from "anywhere", a great place to live
  • Cons:Hot as Hades in Summer, dearth of good ethnic food and good jobs, small town feel- it's so far from "anywhere"
  • In a nutshell:I'm always happy to come home.
  • Intro Updated Oct 9, 2003
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  • MATIM's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2009 at 9:04 AM

    Thanks for the info!

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2009 at 3:26 AM

    Interesting tips from an insider!

  • Feb 17, 2004 at 9:39 AM

    What a great page. I grew up in Bishop and lived there for 13 years. I miss it so much. I can't wait to visit soon. There is no place else like it. Your lucky you live there. Thank you for the great photos!

  • Braveheart.southafrr's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2003 at 3:49 PM

    thats a beautifull sun set photo , good tips tricia.................kenneth

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