• Few closures for Tour traffic July 30, 2014
    Summer weekends in Big Bear Valley usually mean plenty of traffic as visitors and part-timers spend time in the mountains. On Saturday, Aug. 2, that traffic will include between 1,500 and 2,000 cyclis
  • Schools back in session July 30, 2014
    The 2014-15 school year begins Monday, Aug. 4, for all Bear Valley Unified School district campuses.
  • November ballot has blanks July 30, 2014
    It looks as if turnout on election day in Big Bear Valley could be low. There is still more than a week remaining to file to run for office, but as of now, only one local governing agency will have an
  • Fire departments coming together July 30, 2014
     It just makes sense. That’s what Jeff Willis and Larry Winslow say about the annexation of Baldwin Lake into the Big Bear City Community Services District for fire service only.
  • Bronx Gardener in Big Bear July 30, 2014
    Stephen Ritz makes a stop at Big Bear Middle School, Monday, Aug. 4.
  • Bear Valley Electric goes underground July 30, 2014
    Goodbye, overhead power lines. On July 28, in conjunction with sidewalk upgrades planned by the city of Big Bear Lake, Bear Valley Electric Service was scheduled to begin work to move three miles of p
  • Extended horseback ride ends safely July 30, 2014
    When Yvette Eddy and Laurie Lynn McNally Baker set out Sunday morning for a trail ride, they didn’t expect it to last more than 24 hours. They zigged when they should have zagged.
  • Pine Knot Landing acquires parasail July 30, 2014
    When Wally Weber decided to sell his parasail and personal watercraft rental concession on Big Bear Lake, he didn’t have far to go to find a buyer.


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.