California Day Trips

Bishop Mule Days Festival

Bishop Mule Days is celebrated Memorial Day weekend in Bishop California. What began as an informal gathering in 1969, has grown into a fun filled, world class event. Bishop is located at the end of the Owens Valley on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The drive to Bishop along Highway 395 is one of the most spectacular in all of California.

Bishop Mule Days are part mule show,and part Wild West show. Over the five days of the event, there are 14 shows featuring over 700 mules with their trainers, riders and packers.

Visitors from all over California converge on the Tri- County Fairgrounds to watch the events and visit the exhibitors.The fourteen mule shows consist of: Western, youth, English, cattle working, gaited, coon jumping, racing, musical tires, gymkhana, packing, shoeing, chariot racing, team roping and driving.
Bishop Mule Days Parade 
Bishop Mule Day Parade
In addition to competitive events, Mule Days has many other featured events to expand the experience. Country Music stars take the stage Thursday night, and on Saturday, spectators take to the streets of Bishop to watch the longest running non-motorized parade in the U.S.

There's also Barbecues, country dances and an arts and crafts show. Bishop is a small town with limited hotel rooms. If you plan on visiting mule days reserve a room early.

There are plenty of nearby camping locations and Mammoth Lakes is" up the hill" and there is plenty more lodging there. When in bishop be sure to check out Manzanar Camp Historic Site and Laws Railroad Museum.

Bishop Mule Days are held every Memorial Day weekend in Bishop California
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