• Use caution November 27, 2015
    A light snow has been falling in the mountains all day. While all roads are open with no restrictions, motorists traveling to and from the mountain communities are advised to use caution.
  • Big Bear Alpine Zoo project goes back to bid November 25, 2015
    Officials from San Bernardino County and the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District gathered in the Special Districts Department office Nov. 19 to open construction bids for the proposed Big Bear Alpine Zoo relocation project. A total of eight…
  • Rotary teams up with Santa Claus November 25, 2015
    Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake brings Christmas cheer with Santa visits
  • Sheriff's Log November 25, 2015
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  • Mountain Transit approves tech contract November 25, 2015
    Mountain Area Regional Transit Authority’s buses are going high tech.
  • On the agenda November 25, 2015
    The public can stay informed by attending and participating in local government meetings. Agendas are posted at least 72 hours prior to the meetings. Dates are subject to change. For complete agendas, visit each agency’s respective website.
  • Free Ride day November 25, 2015
    Mountain Transit is giving back to the community Dec. 9 with a free ride day.
  • Give BIG for Big Bear November 25, 2015
    Give BIG San Bernardino County returns Tuesday, Dec. 1, with a goal of raising $300,000 for Big Bear Valley nonprofits. Give BIG San Bernardino County is supported by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.


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.