I first visited The Hostel California in 2015 while hiking the PCT. Since then, I’ve been back a couple of times to visit friends or to stay while passing through Bishop, which is a great full-service town stop in the Eastern Sierra. I stayed here my first night out as a full-timer working on this project, and was excited to have the opportunity to catch owner Matt Myers and chat a bit about the amazing space he has created!

What is the primary function of this business? Lodging with a community atmosphere – a restful haven for adventurers

How much of your revenue do you estimate to be related to public lands? 90%

What are the primary activities your clients or customers do on public lands? Hiking, climbing, sightseeing – we get a lot of Europeans passing through who are road-tripping through parks

Why Bishop? It’s a climbing Mecca!

What are some of your favorite spots on public lands nearby? The volcanic Tableland. Happy Boulders, which is also rich in Native American History. It’s about 5 miles north of town. Hiking and climbing in the Buttermilks. Death Valley National Park, especially the hike in Marble Canyon.