• Blue bird day in the mountains March 2, 2015
    UPDATE: 2:51 p.m. March 2: Chain restrictions have been lifted from Highway 18, according to the latest information from Caltrans.
  • Road remains closed, snow continues March 1, 2015
    Highway 38 toward Redlands remains closed due to multiple traffic accidents, reportedly due to weather conditions.
  • Traffic collisions close Highway 38 March 1, 2015
    UPDATE 2:15 p.m. March 1: Another accident on Highway 38, this one at Bundy Scott Road, reported to be a rollover with subjects trapped.
  • Sweep nets 10 arrests March 1, 2015
    A joint effort by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies and probation officers resulted in numerous arrests in Big Bear Valley Feb. 27.
  • Big Bear deputies arrest 2 in burglary case March 1, 2015
    Two suspects are awaiting court appearances on burglary charges stemming from an ongoing investigation in Big Bear.
  • Winter weather lingers March 1, 2015
    A winter storm warning remains in effect for the San Bernardino County mountains. Snow is falling lightly throughout Big Bear Valley.
  • Strings performance canceled March 1, 2015
    Due to weather, the performance of the Pasadena Youth Symphony featuring the MountainTop Strings, has been canceled for Sunday, March 1.
  • Victim of house fire identified February 27, 2015
    The San Bernardino County Coroner's office has released the name of the victim of Thursday's house fire in Big Bear 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.