• Moonridge substation upgrades may cause minor power outages on July 6 July 2, 2015
    Bear Valley Electric Service crews will perform switching operations Monday, July 6, that may cause momentary or short power outages to customers in the Moonridge area.
  • Healthcare board questions TruBridge July 1, 2015
  • Solar project safety questioned July 1, 2015
    As Bear Valley Unified School District awaits completion of a long-overdue project to install solar panels at district sites, board members heard a presentation June 24 from representatives of Siemens, the contractor for the project. The board questioned the project’s…
  • Big Bear offers up heaps of gratitude July 1, 2015
    Jerry Jamriska stood along Highway 38 June 21 with a cardboard sign reading “God Bless Firemen.” He was alone cheering the firefighters as they traveled to and from the Lake Fire.
  • Get creative for RKC and win July 1, 2015
    Rainbow Kids Club is getting a makeover—and a new name.
  • School board approves LCAP July 1, 2015
    Bear Valley Unified School District approved its updated local control and accountability plan, or LCAP, at its June 24 meeting. The LCAP is an important piece of the state’s Local Control Funding Formula, a new way of allocating funds to…
  • Combat drought with xeriscaping July 1, 2015
    Bringing Xeriscape to Life is the theme of the 13th annual Xeriscape Garden Tour on July 18. Homes that exemplify the best in water conservation through some or all of the xeriscape principles are showcased.
  • Big Bear Disposal mixed messages July 1, 2015
    The Grizzly has previously pointed out that recycling and trash disposal in Big Bear can be somewhat confusing, especially for newcomers. Depending whether you live in the city of Big Bear Lake, in Big Bear City or in one of…


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.