• Hospital finance committee cancels questionable closed session May 21, 2015
    The Bear Valley Community Healthcare District board’s finance committee cancelled a closed session of its meeting May 20 after The Grizzly called its legality into question.
  • County cautions hikers regarding Lyme disease May 20, 2015
    Two ticks in San Bernardino County tested positive for a bacteria that may cause Lyme disease in humans, according to the San Bernardino County’s Division of Environmental Health Services Mosquito and Vector Control Program.
  • Pay tribute May 20, 2015
    Big Bear’s annual Memorial Day ceremony is Monday, May 25, at Veterans Park.
  • Residents question board compensation May 20, 2015
  • Celebrate when Mother Nature throws an unexpected punch May 20, 2015
  • Pay the fee in protest May 20, 2015
    Assemblyman Jay Obernolte isn’t a fan of the fire fee imposed in California’s rural areas, including the unincorporated areas of Big Bear. He’s doing what he can to repeal the fee, and at the very least, make the process to…
  • On the Agenda May 20, 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.
  • Uli Crezee retires from hospital job May 20, 2015
    After more than 30 years at Bear Valley Community Hospital, Uli Crezee has moved on. Crezee and her husband, George, left on a six-week road trip through six states. When they’re done sightseeing, they’ll be moving to Truckee, near Lake…


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.