• Highway 38 closures planned through next week October 6, 2015
    One-way closures are planned starting Wednesday, Oct. 7, on Highway 38 from just north of the intersection with Highway 18 in Big Bear City to Valley of the Falls Drive in Forest Falls.
  • All lanes are open on Highway 330 October 5, 2015
    All lanes have reopened on Highway 330 as of 11:10 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The road had been closed for some time during the morning of Oct. 5 because of a head-on traffic collision.
  • Traffic accident on Highway 330 closes road October 5, 2015
    Highway 330 is blocked in both directions this morning, Oct. 5, because of a collision at the lower passing lane around 8:11 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
  • Big Bear animals receive blessings October 4, 2015
    Blessing of the Animals, conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi's love of all creatures, is an annual event at St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Big Bear City.
  • Temporary road closures for North Shore Half Marathon Oct. 3 October 3, 2015
    The Big Bear North Shore Half Marathon/5K/10K race presented by Century 21 Bonnie Blue Saturday, Oct. 3, requires several road closures during the race.
  • Fugitive Friday October 2, 2015
    The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station is looking for Jamey Tyler Passmore.
  • Wake the Bard at Knickerbocker September 30, 2015
    The Arts Council of Big Bear Valley hosts an afternoon with the Inland Empire’s famous Irish band, Wake the Bard, Sunday, Oct. 4. The performance is from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Mansion and Bistro in Big Bear…
  • Fire Department opens its doors September 30, 2015
    In recognition of Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4-10 Big Bear Fire Department will host an Open House Saturday, Oct. 3. The community is encouraged to stop by, participate in the day’s planned activities, and learn about fire safety.


In the Big Bear mountain region, explorers love camping near Big Bear Lake, Big Bear City, Fawnskin, and outerlying areas. The spots are convenient and exciting! Many sites have close access to activities like hiking, fishing, biking, and more. Plus, there are so many sites to choose from. Grounds in this area offer access to fishing, boating, hiking, and some are very close to shopping as well for a quick stop when needed.

RV Camping is one of the most comfortable and social means of camping. Big Bear mountain hosts both luxury RV camping sites and standard sites. See details on RV Camping sites.

Group Campgrounds all around the San Bernardino National Forest are maintained by the Forest Service. These camps include picnic tables, fire rings, and a cleared area large enough for several campers. These camps are low-priced but not free. There are many in the Big Bear area including these Group Campgrounds.

Private Campgrounds are also a favorite in this area, as there is a lot of variety, space, and supplies on hand in town close by. Here are a few:

  • Serrano Campground is a favorite for families because its north shore location in Big Bear Lake is on the lake and in close distance from the Discovery Center, Alpine Pedal Path, and Cougar Crest Trail. This site offers picnic tables, showers, restrooms, water, and fire pits. RV sites and tent camping are permitted. Reservations required. Address: 40533 North Shore Drive, Big Bear City, CA 92314. Phone: 909-866-8021. To reserve, call 877-444-6777 or book online here.
  • Pineknot Campground is in a lush wooded area near Snow Summit ski resort. RV sites and tent camping are permitted. Reservations required. at www.reserveusa.com. Location: Big Bear Rd. by Snow Summit. To reserve call 1-877-444-6777 or book online here.
  • Hanna Flats Campground is slightly north of Fawnskin in Jeffrey Pine forest. Offers water and restrooms. This site is tranquil and makes for excellent hiking and biking. Address: Forest Road 3N14, nearest cross street Arapahoe Rd. Call the Discovery Center for details on campsites here at (909) 866-3437. More information here.

Yellow Post Camping is for those who want a camping experience nestled deep in the woods. Designated sites are provided and include a flat clearing, picnic table and fire ring. The campsite requires no fee; however, for this option, campers must purchase an Adventure Pass and a campfire permit from the Discovery Center at (909) 866-3437.

Self-contained Camping is an option in many areas of the National Forest. Cactus Flats and a large part of Holcomb Valley are popular among hikers or drivers who seek remote camping locations. Campfires are generally not permitted in these areas. Be sure to bring water and notify someone of your plans. Also pack out everything you pack in.