Category Archives: Visit Bishop

Questions about events and businesses in Bishop? Visit the Bishop Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau.

Mule Days is Fun for Kids Too

I Want to be a Packer returns to Mule Days

May 16, 2016
Submitted by Mule Days

Mule Days presents I Want to be a Packer! This family-friendly, kid-loving, fun-having event is open to the public and is FREE to participants! Located at the Tri-County Fairgrounds Junior Packer Corral on Main walkway before the grandstands. The dates of this event are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday May 27-29, 2016.

The I Want to be a Packer events are Musical Tires, Barrel Racing, Cross Country Jumping, Pole Bending, Clown School, and Bronc Riding, and will be occurring throughout the weekend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

All youth participate for FREE, and parents are encouraged to watch their children perform in the Main Arena. However, adults will need to purchase show tickets.

Along with all the fun, there will be gold panning from 12pm-1pm, and free fishing at the Rick Dean Fish Ponds on Saturday and Sunday.

Cover Photo by Gary Young

Mule Days, Mule Days Kids Events, Mule Days Bishop CA, Mule Days Family Fun, Free Kids Events

City of Bishop Fish Camp

Bishop Youth Fish Camp

The City of Bishop is holding a youth fish camp.  The two day camp will be held April 30th and May 1st at the City Park Pond for ages 6-12.  The cost is $20 per participant. Registration is now open at Bishop City Hall.
Day 1, the kids will have a clinic from 11-2pm to learn proper fly-fishing casting, fishing safety, tying, bug life and fish stocking. They will do a walk through of a living stream display with prizes at each station. Lunch will be provided on this day!!
Day 2 is Derby Day!! From 8am-12pm the kids will use the knowledge they learned to land and measure fish from the Park Pond. This will be with barbless hooks, catch and release. Parents are welcome to come and help with the exciting moment. There will be prizes for the largest, the first caught and the most fish caught!!
Don’t miss out on this great fishing event at the City Park!! There are only 20 slots available so make sure to register at City Hall by April 25th.  For more information contact City Hall at 760-873-5863.
city of bishop, bishop youth fish camp, bishop city park pond

Mt. Rambler Brewery expanding their hours

Bishop Brewery to Open 7 Days a Week

submitted by John Louth

The Mountain Rambler Brewery management team has announced plans to change brewery operations in order to now be open for daily operations. According to General Managing Partner Joe Lane, “the brew-pub will now be open on Mondays, which was our one day a week to be closed.” The Board of Directors felt that the demand to be open 7 days a week certainly justified the change. With 8 to 10 locally brewed Mountain Rambler Brewery beers on tap, it “just made sense” to be open every day especially since many of the 3 day weekends include Mondays.

The Mountain Rambler Brewery is Bishop’s only brew house and produces in the neighborhood of 500 gallons of craft beer per week. The brewery has begun to distribute its beer locally but according to Lane, “may reach brewing capacity this summer”.

Future plans for the popular local spot include an outside patio, expanded lunch menu and additional music bookings. Visit the brewery at 162 Main Street in Bishop, open Tuesday through Sunday until February 9th, after which it will be open daily.

bishop california brewery, mountain rambler brewery bishop, bishop california brew house

2016 Mule Days Tickets are on Sale

Mule Days Tickets are now on sale

Submitted by Mule Days
February 1, 2016

The countdown to the 2016 Bishop Mule Days Celebration is underway! Tickets for this year’s event go on sale Monday, February 1, 2016 on the Mule Days website at or at the office on Main Street. Ticket packages abound this year and the entertainment promises to be amazing!

This year’s featured entertainment events include the Opening Night Supper with Dave Stamey on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, and a “Back to Our Western Roots” concert on Thursday, May 26, 2016 featuring Michael Martin Murphey.

Dave Stamey, the 2015 Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year, will be promoting his new album, “Western Stories,” as well as playing from all of his famous melodies. Baxter Black said of his friend, “It doesn’t matter if you are a grade grower, feedlot cowboy, an electrician, car salesman, deputy sheriff, horse shoer, own a tire shop, ranch, or an English Major at Stanford, Davey will touch your heart – with laughter and reflection.” Tickets for the Opening Night Super are $35.00.

In 2014, Michael Martin Murphey was named one of the Top 50 Best Country Western Singers of All Time, alongside of artists like Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson. Other critics credit him with working to preserve the heritage and beauty of the American West through his story-telling and beautiful lyrics. Tickets for this show are $40.00 for general admission and $60.00 for VIP Reserved Seats with a Meet and Greet prior to the show.

All other ticket packages go on sale on Monday, February 1st as well and those packages can be viewed on the website. Packages range from all access passes to the Mule Events and entertainment to individual tickets for various events. Ticket packages range in price but are guaranteed to provide people what they are looking for. Tickets are sure to go fast, so get yours now! Don’t wait to buy at the door!

For more information, visit our website at or call the office at (760) 872-4263.

cover photo by Arnie Palu

bishop mule days celebration, 2016 mule days, mule days tickets

Caltrans winter driving tips

Caltrans winter driving advice

submitted by Caltrans:

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Department of Highway Patrol (CHP) want you to get where you’re going safely this winter.  The following are some driving tips that will help you prepare for winter driving conditions:

Winterize your carCheck your brakes, windshield wipers, exhaust system and heater/defroster to make sure they are in good working condition.  Check your radiator fluid level and add antifreeze/coolant as needed. Replace wiper blades if needed.  Add a winter formula windshield wiper fluid. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and the tread is in good condition

Check road conditions frequently –During Storms, call 1-800 ROAD (7623) or check the internet at

Carry in your car – a flashlight with extra batteries, blanket, extra clothing, water and snacks, towel, gloves, ice scraper/deicer, shovel, small broom, spare key, sand/kitty litter.

Allow enough time  – Slow down.


Don’t panic – If you begin to slide while driving on snow or ice, slowly take your foot off the gas pedal and steer your vehicle in the direction you wish to travel.  If you must use brakes and your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS), apply firm steady pressure.  If you do not have ABS brakes gently pump the brake pedal.  Do not allow the brakes to lock up.

 Black Ice Black ice is nearly invisible. The temperature doesn’t have to be below freezing in order for ice to form on road surfaces.  Ice can form, especially when it’s windy, when the air temperature drops below 40 degrees.   Low or shaded areas surrounded by landscaping or with a nearby source of water, such as bridges and underpasses, can have icy spots. 

 Be observant Do not pass snow removal equipment unless the operator directs you to.

 Stay with your vehicle – If you become stranded stay with your vehicle.  Conserve fuel while maintaining warmth and be aware of possible exhaust or carbon monoxide problems.

 ChainsAll vehicles, including those with four-wheel drive and snow tires are required to carry chains when traveling in areas that have chain control.  Make sure they are the correct size for your tires and in proper working order.  Chains must be installed on drive wheels.   Know if your vehicle has front or rear wheel drive.  Cable chains are acceptable, but may not provide as much traction as traditional chains. The speed limit when chains are required is 25, 30, or 35 MPH: it is posted and enforced.  Chain installers may be available to help install your chains.  They are not Caltrans employees.  They are independent business people who are licensed to install chains.  If you choose to use their services ask for a receipt that includes the installer’s badge number.  Chain installers are not allowed to sell or rent chains.  When removing chains or installing chains, drive beyond the signs reading “Chain Control/End Chain Control.”  Pull over out of the lanes of traffic.  

 Chain Control Information:
R-1 – Chains or snow tread tires with a tread depth of 6/32” and a “M&S”, “MS”, “M+S”, or “M/S” imprint on the tire’s sidewall.

R-2 – Chains required on all vehicles except four-wheel or all-wheel drives with snow tread tires on all four wheels.  Engage the four-wheel drive in the 4-high.    

R-3 – Chains required on all vehicles; no exceptions.

Tires – To find out if your tire tread depth is at least 6/32”, place a quarter into several tread grooves across a tire.  With George Washington’s head upright, if the bottom of his neck completely disappears, your tread depth is at least 6/32”.  If you can see any part of the bottom of George Washington’s neck, your tread depth is at or below 6/32” and should be checked.  Remember to check to make sure the tires have the imprint “M&S”, “MS”, “M+S”, or “M/S” which indicate the tire is rated for mud/snow conditions.  You may also see the mountain snowflake symbol on the tire. 

High winds and blowing snow often cause zero visibility conditions.  To protect travelers, the CHP may close the road temporarily until conditions improve.  During winter storms spinouts and accidents happen closing the highway.  Heavily traveled routes are particularly vulnerable to such closures.   Caltrans may meter traffic during the storm, letting fewer vehicles into the area reducing congestion and giving motorists the option of turning around and waiting out the delay in a warm place.

Cover Photo by Gary Young

caltrans driving tips, winter driving tips, chain controls defined, eastern sierra winter driving, el nino 2015

2015 Blake Jones a success


submitted by the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce

The weather could not have been more beautiful at Pleasant Valley Reservoir, just north of Bishop this past Saturday for the 48th Annual Blake Jones Trout Derby. The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau welcomed over 800 anglers to compete for more than $10,000 in prizes at this year’s event. Over 1,300 fish were caught with several lunkers weighing over 7lbs!  The secret “Blind Bogey” fish weighed in at 9 ounces, with many anglers in that category competing for the blind bogey raffle prizes.
The lucky winner of the Blind Bogey Grand Prize was Susie Carlton of Pinion Hills. She won a package including a float tube from Northfork Outdoors plus loads and loads of great tackle & gear!

Other Blind Bogey winners also received fantastic prize packages: Jackson Saivea (Buena Park), Vincent Norte (Banning), Levi Williams (Bishop), Bruce Walker (Orange County), Chet Jenkins (Bishop), Grace Henze (Irvine), Matthew Romero (Los Angeles) and Ryan Kiddo (Bishop).

Prizes in the “Big Fish” category were awarded to: Thomas Nieto (Newbury Park) – 12 lbs. 8oz; Sam Blum (Bishop) – 10 lbs. 12oz., and Lianne Parker (Glendora) – 7lbs. 12oz.

Many prizes were also awarded to children. Kids’ 1st Place Winner was Ethan Williams, Jr. (Bishop). Ethan took home a loaded fishing package including a rod & reel combo, bait, tackle & great gift certificates.

Since 1968, the Blake Jones Trout Derby has proven to be a favorite event for locals and visitors alike. The derby is organized by the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau with the help of dozens of sponsors and a small army of dedicated volunteers. “We would never be able to host such a wonderful event without the support of our community and generous prize donors,” states April Leeson, Chamber Events Coordinator. “Inyo County provides financial assistance through the Community Project Sponsorship Program and we are very grateful to the City of Bishop Parks & Recreation Crew for help with the heavy lifting,” adds Tawni Thomson.

Sponsors of the 2015 Blake Jones Trout Derby Include: Alpine Signs/395 Store, Adventure in Camping, Alta One Federal Credit Union, Ashley Furniture, Bee Gee Beauty Supply, Berkley, Bishop Creek Lodge, Bishop Nursery, Bishop Twin Theater, Bishop Veterinary Hospital, Bishop Village Motel, Bite-On, Blakemore TTI, Body & Soul, Brown’s Supply/ Brown’s Town, CA Department of Fish & Wildlife, CDF/Owens Valley Camp, City of Bishop, Comfort Inn, County of Inyo, Culver’s Sporting Goods, Davidson Taxidermy, Desert Springs Trout Farm, Double Eagle Resort, Dr. Slick, Eagle Claw, Erick Schat’s Bakkery, Fish Story Lori, Fish Taco Chronicles, Fisherman’s Landing, Gillespie Distributing, Gypsy King Tattoo, Hendrix, High Country Lumber, High Sierra Containers/West Coast Barns & Sheds, High Sierra Distributing, Holy Smoke Texas BBQ, Home Lumber, Imperial Gourmet, Inland Aquaculture, Inyo Mono Title, Jack in the Box, Joseph’s Bi-Rite Market, Keough’s Hot Springs, Kmart, La Casita, Lake Mary Marina, LaQuinta, Looney Bean, Los Angeles Dept of Water & Power, Macs Sporting Goods, Main Street Trading Company, Mammoth Brewing Company, Manor Market, McDonald’s , McMurry’s, Meadow Farms Smokehouse, Mountain Title Company, Mule Days Celebration, New Cali Landscapes, Northern Inyo Hospital, Northfork Outdoors, Paiute Palace Casino, The Petite Pantry, Pizza 395, Preferred Septic & Disposal, Protroll, Rainbow Pack Outfit, Reagan’s Sporting Goods, Rite Way Pool & Spa, Rusty’s, Sage to Summit, Save-On, Sierra Black Diamond Limo, Suddenlink, The Toggery, Tom’s Place, The Trees Motel, Turner’s Outdoors, The Video Place, Western Nevada Supply and Wright & McGill.

The Bishop Chamber extends extra thanks to Harold Reuter and the fish weighing crew, Burt Brown and Steve Ivey for running the shuttle truck, announcer Chuck Kilpatrick, Inyo County Probation Community Service Workers, Shannon Romero of Mountain Apparel, Ray Robles of Berkley and everyone else who helped and participated in the derby. “We’re already looking forward to 2016!” notes April Leeson.

bishop chamber of commerce, blake jones, bishop news