• Deputies seek public's help March 27, 2015
    Authorities are asking the public to be on the lookout for a parolee who has an active felony warrant issued against him.
  • Deputies arrest two Lucerne Valley men March 27, 2015
    Two men are in custody after a traffic stop led to the discovery of an altered weapon and burglary tools.
  • Introducing the 2015 Men About Town March 26, 2015
    Every year in March, the Big Bear Valley community waits for the announcement. Who will be the next to campaign for the Soroptimist International of Big Bear Valley Man About Town title?
  • Prepare your pets for disaster March 26, 2015
    The Big Bear Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster meets Monday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. This meeting is for all pet lovers who want to find out what to do when disaster hits. 
  • Seeding the forest for green spring March 25, 2015
    When spring arrives, the National Forest Services gears up for a season of restoration work. Between now and October, the Forest Service will place thousands of plants throughout disturbed habitats in
  • Sign up to support boys soccer team March 25, 2015
    Fundraising for a proposed boys soccer team at Big Bear High School got off to a successful start March 16 at Sonora Cantina. Organizers raised more than $3,400 during the Taco Day and Fiesta.
  • Obernolte, Morrell to host town hall meeting March 25, 2015
    State legislators Mike Morrell and Jay Obernolte are joining forces.
  • On the Agenda March 25, 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.


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.