Sierra and Inyo National Forest
Owens Valley Paiute-Shoshone Indian Cultural Center, Bishop
The Owens Gorge, Fishing, Mountain Biking and Rock Climbing
One of the earliest American explorers described the Owens Valley as containing "ten thousand acres of fine grass." Today, it is mostly arid. As told in Marc Reisner's book, Cadillac Desert and depicted in the motion picture, Chinatown, this once-fertile farmland, populated with fruit trees, was the victim of California's Water Wars of the 1940s in which water rights to the Owens River were obtained by Los Angeles. Today, a third of LA's water leaves the valley through a great aquaduct. Court rulings and actions by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have helped restore fish habitat along the river, making it again one of the finest fly fishing streams in the West.
There is a small airport [Mammoth Yosemite Airport (760) 934-3813]located in Mammoth Lakes, CA, which is located approximately 50 miles from Bishop.
Source: Univ. of Wisconsen
Historic Earthquakes from the USGS
3-D view from NASA
Weather Underground: Bishop | Mammoth
Return to Southern Sierra Nevada or Humphreys Basin Outing