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The Second Happiest Place on Earth
At an elevation of 8500 ft. we are the nearest lodging to Piute Pass, Sabrina Basin and Lamarck trail heads; offering miles of hiking with many pristine backcountry lakes, Cardinal Village Resort is your ideal location for outdoor nature recreation.
We are also within a five minute drive of great fishing at Lake Sabrina, North Lake, Intake II and the John Muir Trail. Try us for Yosemite cabin rentals, Yosemite vacation rentals, cabin rentals in California, High Sierra cabins, and more!
Just outside the town of Aspendell, The Cardinal Village was built in the early twentieth century to serve the gold miners that worked only a short hike away. The mine shut down in the late ‘30s, and in 1946 the Cardinal Village opened to serve fishermen and their families. Nowadays, Cardinal Village Resort is a perfectly placed camp for hiking or fishing trips. Located in a beautiful aspen grove and bordered by the Bishop creek, which ends in a pond teeming with trout, we are the nearest resort to Piute Pass, Sabrina Basin, and Lamarck trailheads. The Village is also only five minutes from the great fishing on Lake Sabrina, North Lake, Intake II, and the John Muir Trail.
Besides the great fishing and hiking, guided horseback tours of the gold mine are also offered. Simply sign up with Bishop Pack Outfitters at the Cardinal Corral. If you’d like to rent a motor boat or pontoon boat, Rick and Patti will be happy to help you down at the Sabrina Boat Landing.
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With a rich history dating back over a 115 years, Cardinal Village Resort is the Eastern Sierra’s best kept secret! Most of our cabins were built to serve the miners of the Cardinal Gold mine, and they have been renovated to include modern technologies while still preserving their original rustic appeal. The only non original buildings are Thunder and Lightning, which is a duplex built in the 1970s, and the Resort’s latest addition, built in 1996, the Hungry Packer cabin. Every other cabin, including the main Lodge, which was the paymaster’s quarters, and Golden trout, our largest cabin, is an original building dating back to the turn of the century.
All cabins have kitchens that are supplied with indoor plumbing and basic utensils. Outdoors, there is a barbeque, firepit, and picnic area at each cabin.
The Cardinal Village Resort gladly supplies the sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, and our own glycerin soap. (Exception: Golden trout guests must provide their own sheets and towels.)
A two night minimum is required, three nights on holiday weekends. Roll away beds are available for $15 per night. A 50% deposit is due at the time of reservation.
Sorry, pets are not allowed.
We continue to serve the best hot breakfast on the mountain and burgers that’ll make ya say “WOW”. Not to mention the best coffee this side of Seattle! And the views can’t be beat!
We’re open seven days a week from 8:00 until 3:00.
We also serve Dinner on the Deck on Mondays and Tuesdays from mid June until mid August! Call for reservations.
All of our High Sierra cabins have kitchens with basic utensils and of course, indoor plumbing. Outdoors you will find a BBQ, firepit and picnic area at each cabin. We supply the sheets, blankets, pillows and towels and our own Cardinal Village glycerin soap! (Exception: Golden Trout guests provide their own sheets and towels.) A two night minimum is required, three nights on holiday weekends. Roll away beds are available for an additional $15 per night. A 50% deposit is due at the time of reservation.
Topsy Turvey – $170/day
Topsy is our smallest cabin. Just right for a couple or very small family. Enjoy your lunch at the picnic table overlooking Kid’s Creek.
Hungry Packer – $190/day
Hungry Packer is our newest cabin built in 1996. It has one bedroom with a queen bed. You will also find a log futon in the living/dining area. The kitchen is fully stocked with necessary utensils and a microwave. Linens are provided.
Thunder and Lightning – $220/day
Thunder and Lightning are a duplex and can be rented together or separately. There is a passage door connecting the two cabins. This set of cabins is the furthest from the Lodge and next door to the Lecture Hall. The only thing between the duplex and Bishop Creek is a lovely grove of aspen.
Blue Lake – $230/day
Blue Lake is across the footbridge from the Lodge. The picnic area is set on Kid’s Creek. The bathroom now includes a tiled-in tub and pedestal sink. The living room was recently expanded by removing the wall to the kitchen and tile was added behind the stove and frig. It’s a much better look and hopefully more functional. Come stay and let us know!
Moonlight – $220/day
Moonlight is the nearest cabin to the roaring Bishop Creek. Bring your croquet set and enjoy the large lawn area. There is room for a roll away in this two bedroom cabin if need be.
Loch Leven – $230/day
Loch Leven is the nearest cabin to the lodge. It has a nice little picnic area out the back door, overlooking Kids Creek–a great spot for a BBQ and an evening campfire. This is a very cozy little cabin; a favorite of many. Be sure to check the General Store for the all important S’more ingredients!
Lamarck – $250/day
Lamarck is directly behind the Lodge, across the footbridge to your right. This cabin has a great wood deck around the front of the cabin; a place to sip your morning coffee and discuss “the one that got away”! Moms enjoy sitting on the deck watching the children play on the small island directly in front of Lamarck. The bathroom was remodeled in ’04, adding a new tiled in bathtub. The kitchen also got a bit of a facelift. We think you’ll enjoy this cozy family cabin! We have high hopes of getting a fireplace into Lamarck this year. Keep your fingers crossed!
Midnight – $250
There is a waiting list on many weekends for Midnight. People seem to enjoy the covered porch with picnic table. It is also set back from the Lodge and may seem more private. Midnight now has a gas fireplace with a slate hearth and a new bathroom with bath tub!
Emerald – $285
Emerald is a great cabin for a big family. It has a nice Vermont Casting fireplace which makes the living room extra cozy! The bathroom has both a claw foot tub and a walk-in shower. We think you will like it! This three bedroom cabin books steady all summer so make your reservations early!
Golden Trout – $300/day
Golden Trout is our largest and most popular cabin. If you want this one you can plan up to a year in advance. This is a great cabin if you have a crowd. Popular for family reunions, company parties or anytime the whole gang wants to get together in the mountains and fish! Upstairs has new carpet and a recently remodeled bathroom! This cabin has a newly overhauled kitchen as well as a new a gas fireplace to keep everybody warm and cozy! (Upstairs access is outdoors.)
Sheets and towels are NOT provided for this cabin.
Fish Gut – $85/day
Fishgut is a dry cabin located about 100′ from Bishop Creek. There are currently 6 single beds, 2 couches and a kitchen table in one room. There is electricity but no plumbing. There is a sink with cold running water. You will find an outdoor faucet as well as an outdoor toilet near the cabin. You provide all of your own bedding. This is just one step up from camping and isn’t for everyone. However, if you need to get acclimated, it is the perfect cabin for an overnighter before you hike into the back country.
Bottleneck – $85/day
Bottleneck is a dry cabin located right on Bishop Creek. There are currently three bunk beds, a couch and a kitchen table in one room. There is electricity but no plumbing. There is a sink with cold running water. You will find an outdoor faucet as well as an outdoor toilet near the cabin. You provide all of your own bedding. This is just one step up from camping and isn’t for everyone. However, if you need to get acclimated, it is the perfect cabin for an overnighter before you hike into the back country.
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- 321 Cardinal Road, Inyo National Forest, Bishop, CA 93514, USA
- (760) 873-4789