Surrounded by the Sierra Nevada and White Mountains, Bishop is often called “California’s Hidden Treasure” and is teeming with trout, wildflower meadows and red fir forests. The area hosts a renowned trout derby and week-long mule festival every year and is also blessed with hiking trails, rock climbing, hot springs and an enthralling Native American cultural centre.
Things to do in Bishop
Bishop Creek offers fishing, kayaking and rafting, while the larger Owen’s River hosts the annual Blake Jones Trout Derby. Stake out a spot on the riverbanks for trout fishing or rent a boat to float down the scenic river. Trails offer horseback riding and cycling, while the surrounding area bursts with wildflower colour in spring.
More challenging trails beckon within Ansel Adams Wilderness/Inyo National Forest, where the famous nature photographer captured California’s majesty. Forest activities include rock climbing on Mt. Whitney and hiking the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. In winter, don some snow gear for skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
Explore the town’s cultural connections at Laws Railroad Museum, which showcases early-Western lifestyle and train memorabilia. Dig deeper into the past at Owens Valley Cultural Center, which houses artefacts and antiquities from original inhabitants of the Paiute and Shoshone nations.
Erick Schat's Bakkery cranks out fresh loaves of the original Sheepherder Bread that’s served in many eateries. Try authentic Western barbecue at Whiskey Creek Restaurant or Holy Smoke Texas Style BBQ, known for its slow-cooked brisket.
Getting around Bishop
ESTA buses provide county and intercity transportation in Bishop, while taxis are a convenient way to reach recreation areas. You can rent a car in town or at Eastern Sierra Regional Airport, about a five-minute drive away.