Things to Do in Bishop, CA

Explore Natural Wonders in California

Eastern Sierra Marvels

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Area Attractions

Guests are able to enjoy dramatic mountain views as well as a wide variety of outdoor pursuits during their stay in beautiful Bishop, CA. Activities include:

  • Volcanic Tableland Petroglyphs (10 mi)
  • Buttermilk Country(15 mi)
  • Bishop Creek Canyon (17 mi)
  • Trout fishing at Lake Sabrina and South Lake (19 mi)
  • Mammoth/Yosemite Airport (37 mi)
  • Bristlecone Pine Forest (38 mi)
  • Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort (46 mi)
  • Devils Postpile National Monument (56 mi)
  • Inyo National Forest (56 mi)
  • Mount Whitney (70 mi)
  • Mono Lake (75 mi)
  • Yosemite National Park (75 mi)
  • Death Valley National Park (163 mi)
Bouldering

Bouldering in Buttermilk Country

Take an adventure into the scenic and awe-inspiring bouldering destination of Buttermilk Country, located just a few miles outside of Bishop. Test your strength and stamina as you climb to new heights and survey breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada. The massive boulders of Buttermilk Country are an ideal spot for an invigorating afternoon in the fresh air.

If you’re not an experienced climber there is no need to worry! Downtown Bishop is home to The Sierra Mountain Guides, providing high-quality mountain experiences all around the Sierra Nevada. Take a rock or ice climbing adventure, hit the slopes with some backcountry skiing, or reconnect with nature while mountain climbing!

Petroglyphs

Volcanic Tableland Petroglyphs

Step back in time and admire the ancient remnants of the earliest culture of the Owens Valley. Etched into volcanic stone, these petroglyphs have stood the test of time, allowing you a glimpse into the lives of the indigenous residents of the Owens Valley. These markings were made by the ancestors of the Shoshone tribe, known as the Paiute. The meanings of these markings are not always clear, however there are many theories and interpretations to their true purpose.

Bishop, CA is also home to the Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center. From there, you can learn more about the fascinating culture of both tribes. Historical artifacts and cultural displays can enhance your experience, and provide a deeper appreciation of the petroglyphs.

Bristlecone pine forest

The Bristlecone Pine Forest

The ancient trees of the Bristlecone Pine Forest are some of the oldest living organisms on Earth. Located just a few miles outside of Bishop, many of the trees in this forest are over 2,000 years old and the “Methuselah” tree is over 4,700 years old! Self-guided tours allow you to explore the forest yourself, while learning how the wind has shaped these trees into living and growing works of art over the years.

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