• Pedaling on patrol April 16, 2014
    Seeing law enforcement personnel on bicycles isn’t something new, even in Big Bear. But there is a new group of folks wearing badges who will soon be patrolling on two wheels: Citizens on Patrol.
  • Airport on the front line April 16, 2014
    After the 1992 Big Bear Earthquake the roads leading out of the Valley were impassable for a considerable length of time. It’s situations like this when the Big Bear City Airport becomes the Valley’s
  • McGeehan shares the simple life of renewal April 16, 2014
    Jen McGeehan, an experienced speaker and new author, shares her story, “My Year in a Yurt,” at the Women’s Connection luncheon on Wednesday, April 23.
  • Earth month culminates in special day April 16, 2014
    Why is the Earth called the blue planet? What happens in the water cycle? Can your family make a difference in California’s water future? Where will the water you drink today be tomorrow? How can pare
  • County reviews project April 16, 2014
    San Bernardino County’s Planning Commission is set to make a decision regarding a market and gas station proposed for the Erwin Lake area of Big Bear City. The commission is likely to hear from a larg
  • Nonprofits ready to ask for BIG support April 16, 2014
    Give BIG is May 8 and about two dozen Big Bear Valley charitable organizations want you to make the giving count.
  • Sheriff's Log April 16, 2014
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  • No park district meeting tonight April 15, 2014
    The Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District advisory committee meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. April 15 at the Big Bear Senior Center has been canceled.


Love the outdoors? Big Bear mountain in California (CA) is a region with fun year-round activities for families, couples, and individuals who like the outdoors, arts and crafts, and gorgeous scenery. This area is popular for camping on both private and public campgrounds, skiing, summer lake vacations, and year-round outdoor sports that draw visitors from all over. The official name of the cities in this area are Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City. In this mountainous area, there are many villages, lakes, and cities that people visit from all over the country. The area is best known for outdoor activities like boating and fishing on and around the lake, as well as winter sports of all kinds (skiing, snowboarding, and more). Great area activities include:

  • Big Bear Camping: This area offers tent sites, RV sites, group campgrounds and more. Many campsites have lake access, fishing, boating, along with outstanding hiking and biking trails.
  • Swimming: Swim at Meadow Park beach or at lakeside areas all over, including camp sites, hotels, condos, and lake homes.
  • Zoo: Visit the Moonridge Animal Park, a small zoo that rehabilitates animals and helps with species survival efforts. Don’t forget to see the petting zoo at Baldwin Stables too.
  • Alpine Slide: In the winter, it’s a sled down a windy tunnel, but in the summer, it becomes a water slide! Any time of year, it’s fun for kids and adults.
  • Snow Play: An area for snow inner tubing. Real snow falls, but when in need, they make fake snow here too. This tubing area is right beside the Alpine Slide–they share a parking lot.

Though winter sports made the area well-known, tourists also enjoy this area for summer camping and past-times. There are three lakes in this region (and more in neighboring areas like Lake Arrowhead and Crestline), and a number of boats available for rent. Finding a marina or boat rental is as simple as driving by the lake–you will see them in easy view. Fishing is an extremely popular sport here. Large and small mouth bass, crappie, trout, bluegill, and more. Bait shops are easy to find–they are everywhere! Summers are hot but breezy in the evening. In the winter, the region becomes a snowy, white wonderland. For this reason, when visiting in winter, be sure to check:

  • Local Weather: Here find the temperature, forecasts, precipitation, and more.
  • Snow Report: Skiiers, snowboarders, and snow tubers, this one’s for you.
  • Road Conditions: Check these links to learn about road closures and other information.

This area is known to tourists and residents alike for fun village shopping, festivals and events, and weather like nowhere else in Southern California. This area offers other past-times, excellent dining and restaurants, as well as friendly neighbors and great schools. When you come, see the main cities, but be sure to stop by neighboring Fawnskin, Sugarloaf, and Holcomb Valley as well. The three area lakes include Baldwin Lake, Erwin Lake, and Lake Williams. Come visit!