An authentic mountain town surrounded by scenic beauty.

Mt. Tom & Basin Mountain overlooking Bishop
Photo by Jim Stroup

Bishop sits directly in the center of an incredible area of natural beauty, providing easy access to a multitude of cool recreation activities. Within minutes of this California town you can do just about anything but surf. During the winter, cross country skiing is just a few miles outside of town and world-class downhill skiing at Mammoth Mountain is less than an hour away. During the summer, you can hike, bike, climb and camp in one of the most dramatic mountain environments in the world — the Eastern escarpment of the High Sierra. If you're interested in trout, fish year-round in the world-famous Owens river, and during the summer in nearby Crowley Lake, Hot Creek, and dozens of other lakes, rivers, and creeks within a short drive.

There's good reason why Bishop was named one of "America's Coolest Mountain Towns" in Men's Journal magazine (Aug. '96). Men's Journal said that Bishop offered "Stellar rock-climbing and fly fishing in the Ansel Adams-ish setting of the Owens Valley. Cool mountain towns are authentic unhyped places tucked away in scenic alpine settings where you can spend the day wearing yourself out with the best summer sports the terrain has to offer, then double back to town afterward for a first-rate meal and a couple of pints of the local microbrew." We couldn't have said it better. Trust us — we live here.

Surrounded by peaks which soar to over 14,000 feet in elevation, sitting at an elevation of 4,200 feet, this beautiful cottonwood tree-lined town sits in the Owens Valley. Only in California can you find the landscape that surrounds Bishop. The harsh, windswept Sierra Crest rises over two vertical miles above the warm valley floor, and in between lies some of the most diverse and interesting locations in the world. From the willow-choked and cottonwood-lined streams of the chaparral country, through the pine and fir forests, to the barren and intimate high country, there exists a certain sense of fulfillment in the discovery of the unknown, via its many roads for hiking, biking, or driving. This opportunity to explore is the real attraction. There is always a new vista, a new option, a new experience to be found here in the greatest place on earth, the Eastern Sierra.

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