• Building a new multi-use trail October 29, 2014
    Work has begun on the Knickerbocker Creek multi-use trail on the eastern edge of the Village area of Big Bear Lake. Workers were installing fencing on Wednesday, Oct. 29.
  • Arctic Circle reopens to full traffic Thursday, Oct. 30 October 29, 2014
    Caltrans maintenance crews will complete the work to prepare State Route 18 in the Arctic Circle between Snow Valley and Big Bear Dam for the winter Wednesday, Oct. 29.  The final day of full closure
  • Board president resigns, leaving Big Bear October 29, 2014
    Bear Valley Community Healthcare District board president Sara Russ announced via Facebook Oct. 22 that she would resign from her position immediately. 
  • Fuels reduction project slated for November October 29, 2014
    The U.S. Forest Service plans to remove trees and slash in areas Big Bear Valley beginning Nov. 4. Helicopters will be used.
  • Changes ahead for park advisory committee October 29, 2014
    Two new committee members have or will soon take their seats on the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District advisory committee. But there is at least one new vacancy to fill, possibly two dependi
  • Celebrate spooky, sweet Halloween October 29, 2014
    Halloween is right around the corner and there are plenty of ways to celebrate. The Grizzly rounded up some of Big Bear’s many spooky options for your trick-or-treating pleasure. Happy haunting! 
  • Spike strip stops suspect October 28, 2014
    Sirens invaded the early morning as authorities pursued a suspect believed to be driving a stolen vehicle.
  • High speed chase ends safely October 28, 2014
    Shortly before 10:30 p.m. Oct. 27 deputies of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station conducted a traffic stop on a red Ford Mustang at Fox Farm Road and McAllister Road for failure to stop at a posted stop si


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.