SWALL MEADOWS

Swall Meadows is a small, unincorporated Mono County community located almost exactly halfway between Mammoth Lakes and Bishop off of Lower Rock Creek Road.

Swall Meadows is a residential community for both Bishop to the south, and Mammoth Lakes to the north. Swall Meadows residents also  include some second homeowners and retirees who love the rural, close-knit nature of the community.

The population was 220 during the last U.S. Census.

The community sits nearly at the top of the Sherwin Grade, which connects the Owens Valley to the Long Valley area near Crowley Lake. The community is set between roughly between 6,000 and 7,000 feet in elevation and experiences hot summers and cold winters, although snow is generally light even during the winter.

Residents have some of the best views in the county, with sweeping vistas south toward the Sierra crest above Bishop and east across the Owens Valley to the White Mountains.

Because of the community’s setting, residents often chose if they are going to do their business and shopping in Mammoth, or, Bishop, depending on weather.

In the winter, access to Mammoth can be more challenging due to road conditions; in the summer, Bishop temperatures can hit the triple digits, making Mammoth a more desirable place to spend the day.

Swall Meadows is accessed from “Old Highway 395,” now called Lower Rock Creek Road, which leaves U.S. Highway 395 just south of Toms Place and enters U.S. Highway again a few miles north of Bishop.

Swall Meadows is also well known as an important deer migration route for the Round Valley Mule deer herd, which cherish the grazing in the meadow and apple falls from the old orchard trees.

On February 6, 2015, Swall Meadows was ravaged by the Round Fire, which burned 7,000 acres and destroyed 40 homes, all but one of them in Swall Meadows. One home in the neighboring community of Paradise was also lost.

Many residents returned and are rebuilding but it will be some years before the community fully recovers.


Emergency
Mono County Paramedic Station 3
3150 Main Street
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(760) 934-3049
24-Hour Station: (760) 934-3049

Symons Ambulance
214 W Line St, Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 873-8904
http://www.symonsambulance.com

Fire
Wheeler Crest Fire Protection District
129 Willow Road
Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 920-9523

Medical
Northern Inyo Hospital
150 Pioneer Lane
Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 873-5811
ww.nih.org

Mammoth Hospital
85 Sierra Park Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
760-934-3311
http://www.mammothhospital.com

Education
Bishop Union High School 
301 North Fowler Street
Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 873-4275
buhs-bishop-ca.schoolloop.com

Home Street Middle School
201 Home Street
Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 872-1381
hsms-bishop-ca.schoolloop.com

Round Valley Joint Elementary School District
300 North Round Valley Rd
Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 387-2525
http://rvjesd-ca.schoolloop.com

Utilities
Southern California Edison
(800) 655-4555
http://www.Sce.com

Wheeler Crest Community Services District
129 Willow Road
Swall Meadows, CA  93514
(760) 914-0267
www.wheelercrestcsd.org

Phone
Verizon: (800) 922-0204, http://www.verizon.com
AT&T: (800) 331-0500, http://www.att.com
Frontier Communications: 800-921-8101, http://www.frontier.com

Broadband
Schat.net: (760) 873-4377, http://www.schat.net
Creative Wireless: (310) 586-0557, http://www.creative-wireless.net
Race Communications: (877) 722-3833, www.race.com

Transit
Eastern Sierra Transit Authority/ESTA
703 Airport Rd
Bishop, CA 93515
(760) 872-1901 or (800) 922-1930
https://www.estransit.com

The CREST Bus runs several days a week between Reno, Nevada and Lancaster, California along U.S. Highway 395. The bus can make stops in all communities along this route.

Airport
Eastern Sierra Regional Airport
703 Airport Rd, Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 872-297
http://www.inyocounty.us/Airport/index.html