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YWAM Bishop is located in the homeland of the Numu People, also known as the Owens Valley Paiute.  Numu families have lived in this beautiful land for thousands of years, irrigating and harvesting local plants, trading with other nearby First Nations People, and seeking to honor each other and the Creator.

This home we now share is located in the beautiful and remote eastern part of what is today California. Our office is in the small city of Bishop (population 6,000) which sits deep in the high desert climate of the Owens Valley at over 4,000 feet (1,300 meters) above sea level. To our west are the majestic Sierra Nevada, rising to over 14,000 feet (4,500 meters), and are lush with trees, alpine lakes, tall granite crags and small glaciers.  We are merely an hour and fifteen minute drive from Yosemite National Park, as well as within hiking distance of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Inyo National Forest, and other world renowned mountain treasures.

To the east of us rise the White Mountains, also at over 14,000 feet (4,500 meters), the first range in the tremendous mountain and desert region known as the Great Basin. The White Mountains contain the oldest known trees in the world at over 4,500 years. In only an hour’s drive, one can cross the boundary of Death Valley National Park, the largest National Park in the lower 48 States. This region to our east contains countless square miles of remote desert canyons, sand dunes, high forested mountains, and lonely dirt roads.

If this wasn’t enough to spike the interest of any outdoor lover, we are only minutes from no less than four internationally renowned rock climbing and bouldering areas, dozens of natural hot springs and volcanic landscapes, world class trout fishing, and one of the world’s great ski resorts – Mammoth Mountain. Bishop is in Inyo County, which is approximately the size of the state of New Hampshire, but contains a population of 18,000 people. The nearest city of larger size and convenience is over two and a half hours away. Though small and remote, Bishop contains a variety of restaurants and shopping opportunities for its size, as it is a center of commerce for this desert & mountain region. Bishop also is equiped to serve the tourists who come from all over the world to play and relax in our outdoor wonderland.

DSC00666DSC00691On the outskirts of the northside of town, and situated close to the Bishop Paiute Reservation, is our newly aquired Healing Waters facility. Our half acre property contains ten housing units for staff and students; offices; a house for lectures, meals, and hospitality; a gear facility; and indoor & outdoor areas to relax with a small stream and nearby pond.

Healing Waters is ideally suited to serve training schools, visiting outreach teams, staff, and our administrative & logistical operations.  We are, however, working to pay off our mortgage in order to retain this valuable resource and the service it provides to fulfilling our shared vision.  If you would like to join us in this endevour, please visit our Campaign 360 page.