Located in Californias
Eastern Sierra, historic Bridgeport Valley has changed little
since cattlemen and miners discovered its grassy pastures in the
1850s. Surrounded by vast National Forest lands, the
Bridgeport region is an unspoiled recreational playground with
pristine lakes, rivers, streams and hot springs.
Some say that area which
now constitutes Mono County, California, was, prior to the coming
of the white man, a spiritually sacred place to the Paiute
Indians. "Mono" in Paiute means "beautiful",
which aptly describes this highly scenic area. Its topography is
generally rugged, particularly along its northern sector where
some of the Sierra Nevada peaks reach to over 12,000 feet.
Precipitous canyons, crags, perennial snowflakes, and hot springs
are interspersed with a myriad of clear mountain streams and
lakes. Wide valleys support intensive ranching, as well as
providing a pastoral foreground to the rugged and scenic Sierra.
The main attraction of the
Bridgeport area is the western flavor. Local architecture bears
the signature of the pioneers who settled here over a hundred
years ago. The vast rangelands allow one to get into wide open
spaces, just as in the "old days." Events such as the
Bridgeport Rodeos allow one to experience life in the old west.
Recreation in the area includes fishing for huge Trout, hiking to
pristine high alpine settings, biking, climbing and back country