Bishop, California is a scenic city in the central part of the state near the Nevada border. With a population of about 3,500 residents, it is the largest city in Inyo County. It is located in the Owens Valley at an elevation of 4,147 feet, at the eastern base of the towering Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Bishop has a beautiful setting as the majestic mountains to the west rise nearly 10,000 feet above the city. To the east, the White Mountains rise abruptly from the Owens Valley, with their highest peak being White Mountain Peak at 14,242 feet.
The Bishop area has one of the largest topographical prominences in the continental United States. Bishop is an extremely popular spot for recreation and serves a gateway for hiking, rock climbing, skiing, hunting and fishing. The Owens River flows through the eastern edge of the city and is an import source of drinking water and is well known for fly–fishing.
Bishop is the largest city in the remote Owens Valley Region. It is located 266 miles north of Los Angeles, and 270 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada. It has an attractive downtown with a variety of restaurant, shops, and several lodging options. The city of Bishop has five main governmental departments: police, fire, administration, community services, and public works. Tourism, agriculture and government are the foundation of the city's economy.
Two miles east of Bishop is the Bishop–Eastern Sierra Nevada Regional Airport. The airport offers fuel, light aircraft repairs, and flight training. It is also a convenient alternative airport to Mammoth Lakes, California, which is 42 miles northwest of Bishop. The city also has several parks, is home to the Tri–County Fairgrounds, and Northern Inyo Hospital. Bishop is home of the popular Mule Days Celebration, the Tri–County Fair, and is an easy commute to Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort. During a busy day, the City of Bishop will attract in excess of 30,000 visitors for various events and recreation. Bishop is a great place to visit or live!