• Hospital celebrates four decades July 23, 2014
    Forty years ago, Bear Valley Community Hospital opened its doors to patients. On Aug. 2, the healthcare district invites the public to celebrate the milestone.
  • Holiday potluck with Big Bear Computer Club July 23, 2014
    The Big Bear Computer Club hosts a holiday potluck general meeting Aug. 7 at the Big Bear Discovery Center. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. The club provides the main course of turkey, dressing, gravy,
  • Arts Council gets a fresh coat of paint July 23, 2014
  • Wright shines a light on saving energy July 23, 2014
    Suffering from high electricity bills? James Wright could be the man with the answer to lowering your cost. Wright and his wife, Gayle, along with the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce, host an open house
  • Sheriff's Log July 23, 2014
    July 14
  • Adopt a dog July 23, 2014
    The Dog Days of Summer helps find furever homes for furry friends.
  • Dinner is a winner July 23, 2014
    United Methodist Church wants your bad poems.
  • School offices open this week July 23, 2014
    The 2014-15 school year begins in Big Bear Valley Aug. 4. Teachers and administrators are getting ready for students to file into classrooms on the first day.


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.