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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

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Address: 798 North Main St, Bishop, CA 93514
Phone Number: (760) 873-2500
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Into thin air...

If you like a good vista, this place will blow your mind-hole! Sure the air is thin up there at 14,000 feet but take it slow and drink in that view. It's totally stunning and I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

If you like a good vista, this place will blow your mind-hole! Sure the air is thin up there at 14,000 feet but take it slow and drink in that view. It's totally stunning and I can only imagine what it's like during dawn and dusk. It's not only the views that will keep you interested but learning about the... More 

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Helena, MT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The Pines are VERY old and that gives you pause. They are just off a great little motorcycle road to Nevada. Whooping up and down and very curvy and steep. Great ride, great place

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Coquille, Oregon
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59 reviews 59 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The end of the road to the visitors center was closed in Feb., so we didn't get a good look at the Bristlecones. I'm not sure why since there wasn't a whole lot of snow up there (sad to say). The drive alone was jaw-dropping, but I hope to get back to actually see the pines. The sign did say... More 

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Waddell, Arizona
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Woah! This trip will take you from 3000 feet to 10,000 feet in nothing flat. So obviously, this is winding road, but not bad at all. The Bristlecone Pines are awesome to see, but for me the view of the Sierra Nevada mountain range was the kicker. Simply stunning. This was a great side trip.

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Provo, Utah
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
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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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Bishop,CA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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55 reviews 55 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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