About this Site

This site was created by a mom, teacher, and writer who loves to visit Big Bear Lake, California! I wanted one site with all the info needed for our family trips--news, attractions, addresses, links, and phone numbers. Hopefully it's helpful to other visitors too:)
  • Big Bear City woman tied to burglary through fingerprints February 5, 2016
    A Big Bear City woman is behind bars on charges of burglary and possession of narcotics.
  • Big Bear City traffic stop leads to arrests February 5, 2016
    A 53-year-old man and a 24-year-old man were arrested in Big Bear City in connection with transporting narcotics for sale.
  • Big Bear Lake residence burns during early-morning fire Feb. 4 February 4, 2016
    The Big Bear Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire in the 300 block of Santa Clara Boulevard in Big Bear Lake at approximately 12:45 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4. Upon arrival of fire crews, active flames could be…
  • White a boost for Big Bear February 3, 2016
    It’s the right fit at the right time. Shaun White’s investment in Mammoth Resorts is an important step for Big Bear Mountain Resorts, according to CEO Dave Likins.
  • Ringworm case at Big Bear High School contained February 3, 2016
    On Jan. 27, Bear Valley Unified School District sent out a letter to Big Bear High School parents that may have caused alarm. “A case of ringworm has been reported in your child’s classroom,” the letter stated. “Ringworm is a…
  • Looking back February 3, 2016
    The Grizzly has entered its 75th year of publication. To commemorate three quarters of a century of reporting Bear Valley news, we’re taking a look back at what happened this week during various time periods through the past 74 years.…
  • Sheriff's Log February 3, 2016
    Jan. 25
  • Students explore careers at Mitsubishi February 3, 2016
    On a recent Tuesday, while their peers were in class, two cars full of Big Bear High School students headed down Highway 18. Their destination? The Mitsubishi cement plant. The goal of the trip? To show the students the wide…


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.