Not long after the mammoth went extinct and before Stonehenge was built more than 4,000 years ago, a young bristlecone pine seedling burst through the soil near Bishop, Calif.
Today, that bristlecone pine tree, known as the “Methuselah” tree, is still alive after 4,849 years, making it one of the oldest living things on Earth. Walk among it and other ancient bristlecone pines, many more than 2,000 years old, in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains an hour’s drive east of Bishop.
It’s just one of many unique experiences you can have in the Bishop area where crowds are non-existent, trout-fishing and bouldering are world-class and locals are happy to see you. It’s the kind of place where you can drive 20 miles and it takes 20 minutes because there's no traffic.
“It’s a different part of California,” says Tawni Thomson, executive director of the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. “You think of Hollywood with its glitz and glamour. We don’t have that here. We’re just real people. We have wide open spaces and people are relaxed here.”
Discover the area’s history in Bishop’s vibrant downtown murals and see its artsy side in downtown galleries. A big surprise is its diversity of restaurants from Thai and Chinese to Italian.
For more information:
Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
690 N. Main Street, Bishop, CA 93514