Where stars shine not street lamps. Home to world-class fishing and bouldering.
Bishop is the largest community in Inyo County offering hotel accommodations, restaurants, wilderness outfitters, shopping, casino gaming, and exciting annual events such as Bishop Mule Days and the Blake Jones Trout Derby. For more info, visit Bishop Chamber of Commerce.
City of Bishop
377 West Line Street
Bishop, CA 93514
The City of Bishop is located at the northern end of Inyo County in the beautiful Owens Valley where Highway 395 meets U.S. Route 6. While Bishop has the largest population and is the only incorporated city in Inyo County, it definitely maintains a friendly home-town atmosphere. Just under 4,000 people reside within the 1.8 square miles of the city limits and another 5,000 or so live in the outlying areas.
In 2008, well known author Tom Stienstra surveyed fellow members of the Outdoor Writers Association of California and determined that Bishop is California’s #1 City to live for Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts. “Bishop was No. 1 on most ballots and in the top 10 of most writers taking the survey,” writes Stienstra. “They highlighted trout fishing at lakes and streams, great hiking, horseback riding and exploring near Bishop Pass, backpacking into the John Muir Wilderness, tracking Sierra bighorn sheep and mule deer, and four-season mountain weather, complete with sensational fall colors from aspens, yet without much snow.”
“A beautiful small-town atmosphere surrounded by public lands,” stated Bill Karr, editor of Western Outdoor News. Columnist and senior research editor Kathie Morgan is quoted as simply remarking, “Breathtaking scenery.” Bishop is a terrific place to call “home” while exploring the Eastern Sierra. Lodging establishments abound, with about 800 rooms ranging from quite luxurious to rustic cabins. Campgrounds operated by USFS, Inyo County and private owners are also abundant in the area.
In Bishop, you’ll find great restaurants to suit any taste, including American Fare, Mexican Cuisine, plus Chinese and Japanese delicacies. Highway 395 is Bishop’s Main Street, featuring several art galleries and unique retail shops. To truly enjoy Bishop, you really must take a side trip off Main Street. Try Line Street (aka High – way 168). To the East on Line Street, you’ll cross the Owens River and to the West, you’ll find the glorious mountains, lakes and streams of Bishop Creek Canyon.
In the summer months, Lake Sabrina, South Lake and North Lake offer world-class trout fishing. In the fall, the Aspens and Cottonwoods turn fiery colors of yellow, orange and red. Photography buffs from around the world visit the can – yon in hopes of capturing just a shot or two of the splendor. In the center of town, be sure to visit the Bishop City Park with several acres of beautifully maintained grass, shade trees and flowers – a great place to picnic!
The Bishop City Park features a public swimming pool, skate & bike park, tennis courts, baseball fields, and a picture-perfect duck pond. The Millpond Recreation Area is just a few miles north-west of town and offers camping, baseball fields, playgrounds and much, much more. Pleasant Valley Reservoir and the Lower Owens River offer fantastic year-round trout fishing.
The Bishop Country Club is a challenging 18-hole course with breathtaking views, plus full service pro shop, restaurant & bar. If you’re feeling lucky, be sure to visit the Paiute Palace Casino, just a few miles north-west of downtown on Highway 395. Other Bishop “must sees” include Laws Railroad Museum & Historical Site, Downtown Murals, Keoughs Hot Springs, and the Buttermilks.
Bishop is home to several big annual events including: Blake Jones Trout Derby (March), Mule Days Celebration (Memorial Day), California High School Rodeo State Finals Championship (June), Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair (Labor Day), Millpond Music Festival (September), Fall Colors Car Show (October) and more.
The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is conveniently located at the City Park in the funny looking A-frame Building. The visitor center is open daily, year- round and staffed by friendly & knowledgeable folks. Whether you are in the area for just an hour, a day or a week, be sure to stop in for free maps & brochures to help you make the most of your Eastern Sierra adventure. Visit online at www.bishopvisitor.com or call toll free 1-888-395-3952