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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

798 North Main St, Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 873-2500
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Ranked #1 of 16 Attractions in Bishop
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Forests
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Paso Robles
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

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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San Cristóbal, Tachira, Venezuela
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful experience. First I was afraid I might get altitude sick, but it was just fresh air, wonderful vistas and finally, after having read so much and so long about these ancient tres, I went to see them, touch them, the oldest 4.700 years old. Up there were two elderly lady - rangers filled with enthusiasm. ATTENTION:... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I did not know these marvels existed until I saw bristlecone pine referred to on some informational signs in Sequoia where CA outshines the world with the tallest trees (Redwoods), largest volume(Sequoia) and the oldest (Bristlecone pine). I found the national forest in our travel book, 25 miles outside of Big Pine, CA and we wouldn't have missed it for... More

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cotw
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18 reviews 18 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The drive to the forest and visitor centre is wonderful in itself. The three walks offered at the centre are clearly marked. We only did the 1 mile discovery, which for two 'mature' and time limited people was more than enough, but would have tackled the others if we had had time, as there was ample places along the walk... More

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los angeles
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

How could you not want to see this? The road there is undulating, so if you get motion sickness, be aware.

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I' ve just been driving through on the way tp Death Valley and saw a sign on the road leading up the white mountains. Ended up at the Schulman Grove Visitor Center and could not believe how beautiful these ancient trees are. It would have been worth planning my holidays just for going there and miss everything else. So strange... More

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El Cajon, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

For many years my family and I have driven past the exit to the Bristlecone Pine Forest on our way to winter ski trips to Mammoth. This year we decided to go out of our way and visit this site during the summer. We were not disappointed. The drive up to the forest in the White Mountains is beautiful and... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

It is very humbling to be among the living oldest trees in the world. Plan a half day minimum for your visit (we did the Discovery Trail which is the shortest but still has wonderfully scenic areas), take Dramamine, your camera, water, $6 cash per car and GO!

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Victorville, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The first time I visited I was a young girl and we drove up the Silver Canyon 4wd road - I will never forget that adventure. I have come back many times on my own and as recently as May 2014 to show my young son the ancient trees. I climbed White Mountain Peak on one of the trips -... More

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