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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:)
  • Pile burning canceled in Big Bear March 22, 2017
    UPDATE: March 22 — Pile burning planned for Big Bear Valley March 22 and 23 has been canceled due to windy conditions.
  • Sugarloaf association sets March meeting March 22, 2017
    Sgt. Steve Syzdloski of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Big Bear Station is the guest speaker at the next Sugarloaf Property Owners Association meeting Saturday, March 25.
  • Municipal Water District closes RV park March 22, 2017
    The Big Bear Municipal Water District is getting out of the RV park business. On March 16, the MWD board of directors voted unanimously to permanently close the agency’s small RV park located next to the MWD office in Big…
  • Give life at community blood drive March 22, 2017
    LifeStream sponsors a community blood drive in Big Bear City Tuesday, March 28, at Big Bear Fire Station 282.
  • Healthcare district looks at affiliation options March 22, 2017
    After struggling to get an affiliation with Loma Linda University Health up and running, the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District is considering exploring other options.
  • To everything there is a season March 22, 2017
    The Byrds sang, there’s a time to plant and a time to reap. For Mill Creek Manor Tea Room owners Pat and Art Garza and their son, Tony, it’s time to retire.
  • Practice makes perfect March 22, 2017
    Smooth, bump, bump, back to the pump. That’s how firefighters navigate when they can’t see their surroundings because of smoke caused by a fire. The coupling patterns on a hose will indicate if a firefighter is headed in the right…
  • Trails Foundation hosts open house March 22, 2017
    The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation has been working on a nonmotorized recreational trail network plan. Now that plan is ready for public input. A unified plan presented to the U.S. Forest Service means a greater likelihood the Forest Service…


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.