Bridgeport is an unincorporated community that is the county seat of Mono County, California. It lies at an elevation of 6463 feet (1970 m). Bridgeport is located at the intersection of highways US 395 and State Route 182. The current population is 817.
Geography and features
The first post office at Bridgeport opened in 1864. The ZIP Code is 93517, and the community is inside area code 760.
Visitors to Bridgeport often take advantage of one of California's best-kept natural hot springs, the Travertine Hot Springs, in the hills to the east of the town.
The US Marine Corps' Mountain Warfare Training Center is located approximately 20 miles (32 km) north of Bridgeport on State Route 108.
Bridgeport is also notable for its proximity to the well-preserved ghost town of Bodie.
Formerly known as Piney Meadows, Bridgeport is annually visited by thousands of tourists, many of whom come to the area for its well-known trout streams and lakes. Bridgeport Reservoir, Twin Lakes, Virginia Lakes, Green Creek, the East Walker River, the West Walker River and numerous small tributaries and backcountry lakes offer some of the premier Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat trout fishing to be found anywhere in the world.
The Bridgeport Fish Enhancement Program sponsors fishing tournaments twice per season.
One of the finest 4th of July celebrations in the state is held at Bridgeport every year.
Bridgeport also occasionally plays host to the annual E Clampus Vitus celebration.
Bridgeport has some of the finest backcountry winter recreation in the world. Over 500 miles of cross country skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding, snowmobiling and multiple-use trails are found around the town, including Virginia Lakes Road, the Sweetwater Range, Buckeye, Bodie Hills and Summers Meadows. Huge numbers of backcountry bowls can be used for telemarking and XC Downhilling. Always check weather and avalanche conditions before venturing into the backcountry; weather conditions change rapidly.
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