CP Campground Review – Bishop RV Park (Bishop Tri County Fairgrounds), Bishop, CA
A simple, but well-priced and fabulously-located county fairgrounds park in the town of Bishop, CA along Hwy 395 in Eastern CA.
- Site Quality = 2.5/5
Very simple/plain sites here. The main RV area is just one, large cleared out-dirt parking lot with full hookup sites located side-by-side along a long line. Sites are flat and long enough for any-sized rig, but they are fairly close together and they have no separation or privacy with no dedicated “sitting area” (no picnic tables or grills). On plus side all sites are full hookup (50Amp/water/sewer) and most have decent views out the sides of the Sierra Mountains (to the West) and the White Mountains (to the East). Sites towards front of park (#21-28) have no RV’s in front of them and so have a more “open” feel than sites towards the back of the park (#1-20) which are facing other RV’s. It feels tight/crowded when an event is on and the park is full, but otherwise feels relaxed and peaceful. Sites cost $25/night, but 7th night is free if you stay 6.
Note -> The park has a separate pasture area for groups that can accommodate up to 135 rigs where they can run electric & provide water. Price is the same as the main RV park $25/night. RVers can also dry-camp (for a lower cost $15/night) in the open parking lot and pasture next to the main hookup sites. Lastly , there are stables and pens (on-site) for horse events too.
- Facilities = 4/5
For a fairgrounds the facilities are really very good. Toilets are spacious and kept nicely clean. Showers are very large and impeccably clean with separate clothing area and good pressure/temp (just give them some time to warm up). Plenty of green area in the surrounding fairgrounds. Only dings? No on-site dump station and the free on-site WiFi (which they do advertise) was not working while we were there.
- Location = 5/5
Location is probably the BEST thing about these fairgrounds. You are only 2 blocks from downtown Bishop so you can walk to restaurants, coffee shops and anything else you want to do in town. Also easy access to masses of hiking & sightseeing around the area. It is also right opposite Von’s for groceries and gas.
- Pet Friendliness = 5/5
Fabulous area for pooch. Although the sites are close together and there’s not much space to hang in camp there is a HUGE (enormous, massive) doggie field right near the entrance by site #28 and lots of space to walk (if you’d like) around the residential neighborhood just outside the park. The staff are dog lovers themselves and many of the in-town Bishop businesses and coffee shops are dog-friendly too.
Overall Rating =4.1
BONUS ALERT = Camp within walking distance of downtown Bishop!
Summary: What a neat find! We chose this spot mostly because there was a cold-snap coming and our usual camping areas were either closed or too exposed. In the end we loved it so much we stayed over a week! The RV parking area itself is really not much to write home about. It’s basically just a large, dirt parking lot with full hookup sites located in one long row side-by-side. Sites are flat and long, but closer together than I’d like with no privacy or separation at all. So, when the park is full quarters are tight. That said, everything else about the park is fabulous. The park is set slightly back from 395 so it’s fairly quiet, plus sites have decent slice views of the Sierra Mountains to the west and the White Mountains to the east. The facilities (toilets and shower) are impeccably clean and nicely large. The office staff are super friendly and relaxed. There is a HUGE (enormous) doggie area right next to site #28 and several additional fields that you can walk around and explore. Best of all the fairgrounds is only TWO blocks from downtown Bishop meaning it’s easy walking distance to all the “foodie” eating and coffee shop delights that this town has to offer. Plus you are a stones throw drive to the Tablelands and the mountains for exploration of the surrounding area. You are also right opposite Von’s for grocery shopping (although for local produce we really prefer Manor Market). Location couldn’t be better! DO note that this is a working fairgrounds so if you decide to come it’s worth calling ahead to check if there are any scheduled events which could impact your stay. They had a teenage rodeo while we were here which definitely filled-up the park (it got tight) and increased the noise level, but also provided some great, free entertainment (it was fun!). Overall we loved it here, found it surprisingly peaceful when it was not full and enjoyed walking into town everyday for our morning coffee. Given the reasonable price and the great location I would come back in a heartbeat anytime we needed hookups in town.
Extra Info: Full 5 bars of Verizon LTE and 4 bars of ATT 4G. Park advertises on-site free WiFi, but it was not working while we were here (they told us they’re in process of upgrading it) Sites cost $25/night for full hookups (NOTE/ if you stay 6 nights, the 7th night is free). 42 total RV spaces, reservations possible. There is also a separate pasture area for large groups where the park can provide water/electric for $25/night, and a separate dry-camping area in the parking lot or pasture next to the full hookup sites for $15/night.
Extra, Extra Info – OTHER CAMPING? There are several other great camping options around the Bishop area, including free boondocking in the Volcanic Tablelands just north of town and scenic $5/night camping in Horton Creek BLM Campground (open end of May 1 to October 30) ~10 miles north of town. We have used both and enjoyed both.SPONSORED LINK:
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