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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Address: 798 North Main St, Bishop, CA 93514
Phone Number: (760) 873-2500
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Ranked #1 of 17 Attractions in Bishop
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Forests, Nature & Parks
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Type: Forests, Nature & Parks

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Provo, Utah
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Really awesome bit of scenery, the drive up to 10000 feet from 3000 feet in Big Pine is just unforgettable! Learned a lot about the Great Basin on this trip.

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Long Beach
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We spent a week exploring the Eastern Sierras in late August and nearly didn't take the time to see this. After all, how exciting could some trees be in comparison to say, Manzanar or Mammoth? My kids certainly weren't looking forward to it, but I saw the turn off from Hwy 395 and decided it was now or never. The... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Does not matter if you take 1 mile hike or 4.5 mile hike every turn is WOW look at that and OH my gosh! If you've never been you are missing out on a piece of amazing history. New visitor center is also amazing. And don't forget the vista point over looking the valley. You come to Bishop, you gotta... More 

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Santa Ynez, CA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is a worthwhile side trip. We were disappointed that the new visitors center was closed on a sunny warm day in mid-October. There were still quite a few people visiting. The best part was the vista point on the drive up with breathtaking views of the Sierras and surrounding mountain ranges. We did take the four mile loop hike.... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This is very much worth the it to go back in time and imagine all that has happened since these trees have been here. Their twisted trunks create remarkable opportunity for photography. Children and adults of all ages can easily pick a route that is perfect for time and accessibility. The Visitor Center is very helpful and informative.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Incredible! There are the oldest tree on earth so if you miss this, you are making a huge mistake.. The drive alone is worth the trip. Anytime a day is worth it. Hikers will love this. A must see at least once in a lifetime.

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Los Angeles, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Nothing really too impressive. winding mountain road so it took quite a while to finish the 24 miles getting there. Should have spent the time driving up bishop creek to see foliage.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Very much a highlight of our trip - the story behind the discovery of just how old these trees are is interesting in itself and to walk through the trees imagining what aspects of our history have taken place during their lifetime certainly made me stop and think. Special mention to Philly and Dave in the Visitor centre - they... More 

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Paso Robles
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This is an almost "spiritual" experience, as you stand before living things that were thousands of years old when, for instance, Caesar crossed the Rubicon. Just about everything involved with our visit was exceptional, the Visitor's Center had excellent displays and possibly the friendliest and best informed ranger team we've ever encountered. They answered questions, made great suggestions, and made... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Weather was not great at that time, other then that - all good! We went on the short trail and there's a lot to see and explore.

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