Leading the outdoor life in Bishop, CA
Where can you find the ski resorts at Mammoth Lakes to the north, the gorgeous scenery of Yosemite National Park to the east, and the grandeur of Death Valley to the south? The rugged little town of Bishop, CA is centrally located in the Owens Valley, within a couple of hours of each of them. If that isn't enough to grab your interest in this rather hidden corner of North America, consider the multitude of activities this valley has to offer.
Bishop, nestled between the Sierra Nevada mountains to the west and the White Mountains to the east, was named for one of it's first settlers, Samuel A. Bishop. During the 1860's, when gold mining camps in the area began to require large amounts of beef, Samuel Addison realized that the Owens Valley was a great area for cattle raising. It also had the great benefit of not having to drive herds of cattle across the mountains from the San Joaquin Valley to serve the miners. The travels of many of the west's most well-known explorers passed through Bishop, including Jedediah Smith, John C. Fremont, and Kit Carson.
In the early 1900's, much of the ranch land was purchased for water rights and the water from the Owens Valley was diverted to the growing city of Los Angeles via the Los Angeles Aquaduct. Today this city-owned land is used for many types of recreation including camping, hiking, hunting and fishing in the Owens River.
While Bishop has had it's ups and downs, today it is the center of outdoor recreation including fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, mountain climbing, birdwatching, rock hounding and so much more. It's central location makes it accessible from north or south along good roads. With hotels, restaurants and the Eastern...