Bishop Mule Days has a long-standing tradition of opening ticket sales on February 1st, serving customers on a first come first serve basis. This year we will continue to honor the Mule Days tradition taking reservations for ticket and RV reservations on a first come first serve basis with one minor twist. We will take payment information but will not charge your account until April to avoid reversal fees if the event is canceled.
Those customers who have had chairs outside the office since before Thanksgiving and those who otherwise arrive at the door to reserve RV spaces and event seating will be most likely to receive their desired space and seating. Keep in mind we have already sold up to 50% to guests that “Paid It Forward” in 2020. After all customers at the door have been taken care of with expert customer service, the Mule Days office staff and outstanding volunteers will organize and fill all orders in the time order received. Typically, staff will be available to make phone calls clarifying the orders received via email, fax and voicemail, as well as answer the phone lines starting approximately 1:00 pm. The determined patience of a mule will be very helpful during the first day and weeks of February!
Beginning with the 2014 Mule Days 45th Anniversary event, RV’ers were given the opportunity to reserve their current 2014 RV space for 2015 with a non-refundable handling charge and 20% deposit. We are discontinuing the 20% deposit and just charging a $25 reservation handling fee. The benefit of pre-reservation is twofold. First, it guaranteed RV’ers they would be in the same RV space the following year, and secondly, they would not have to travel to Bishop to be in line for opening day of sales to guarantee they receive the space they wanted. The pre-reservation program is very popular and will be continued again this year. Moving forward in 2021, RV’ers will be charged a $25 reservation handling fee and will be billed in October 2022 for your RV space. Look in your RV packets upon arrival for additional information.
Historically all water and electric RV spaces sell out very quickly, last year all were sold within 4 hours! Folks who wanted those spaces and were not able to purchase them were placed on a waiting list with about 25% being able to be placed in a water and electric spaces prior to the start of the event. Mule Days in conjunction with the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and Southern California Edison explored every possibility to offer more water and electric spaces, however all options were cost prohibitive to Mule Days as well as RV’ers attending Mule Days. Mule Days has 143 water and electric spaces which is a low supply for a very high demand resulting in the immediate sell out of these RV spaces. If you want to have water and electric your best bet is to be at the Mule Days office door on February 1st or be sure to have placed your order through email, voicemail or fax as soon as possible after midnight. All reservations are handled in the order received. There will be no website sales for tickets or RV’s. Why, you might ask!?!? On the website it is not possible to take reservations without payment. As we are holding payment until April, this makes website sales impractical.
The “nuts and bolts” for Mule Days RV Reservations:
- If I want the best chance to receive a water and electric RV space I should be at the Mule Days office at 9:00 a.m. February 1st.
If I cannot be at the Mule Days office at 9:00 a.m. February 1st, at the stroke of midnight I should contact the Mule Days office via email, voice mail message or fax to place my order for and RV space with water and electric. Please do not place multiple orders for the same RV space and tickets via email, voicemail and fax as it is confusing and you may be charged for each order.
- If I want a specific dry camping RV space I should follow the steps outlined above in 1 and 2 to have the possibility of purchasing my desired RV space.
- I can and should call the Mule Days office at 760-872-4263 during the last two weeks of January to inquire about availability of specific RV spaces if I am interested in one space over another.
- I can call at any point after February 1st all the way through the start of the event and will most likely be able to purchase a dry camping space. Mule Days has seen a steady trend of increased RV sales the last two years. Ordering early is advised.