• Bears donate carloads of food for Thanksgiving November 17, 2018
    It was a sunny day Nov. 16 as the normally quiet American Legion Post 584 on Big Bear Boulevard suddenly saw a row of cars pull up.
  • Snow Summit opens for business November 16, 2018
    It’s opening day and the riders are ready.
  • Reported fire is trash can flame November 16, 2018
    A reported structure fire on Moonride Road in Big Bear Lake appears to be a minor incident of a fire in a trash can.
  • Instacart arrives in Big Bear November 16, 2018
    There’s a new delivery service in town, and Big Bear area residents can place their orders.
  • Snow time survey November 15, 2018
    Check all that apply.
  • Fire reported at Big Bear lodge November 15, 2018
    Bear Creek Resort in Big Bear Lake reported a fire at the facility Thursday morning. No one was occupying the units involved at the time.
  • Harvest Bazaar at Bear Valley Church November 14, 2018
    The Bear Valley Church Women’s Ministry team has handcrafted items and baked goods for sale just in time for the annual bazaar. The Harvest Bazaar is Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at…
  • Register for college classes in Big Bear November 14, 2018
    San Bernardino Valley College classes for spring 2019 are available for registration. Come to Big Bear High School Saturday, Nov. 17, for Super Saturday — an opportunity to apply for SBVC, talk to counselors and financial aide personnel, as well…

Group Sites

Big Bear mountain is a favorite destination for campers due to the many choices in location, environment, and offerings. The following sites are some of the most popular. They are near trails, fishing, biking, and some of the greatest hiking spots you will find in the region. Big Bear offers a few types of group campsites.

Private Group Campsites: There are a few private campgrounds around the city of Big Bear. These sites are run by private companies, so they are more expensive than public campsites. They are also easier to reach, more conveniently located, and offer more options in terms of size and comfort than the public campgrounds.

Pineknot Campground is in a lush wooded area near Snow Summit ski resort. RV sites and tent camping are permitted. Reservations required. To reserve call 1-877-444-6777 or book online at www.reserveusa.com. Location: Big Bear Rd. by Snow Summit.

Serrano Campground is set along the north shore of Big Bear Lake close to the Discovery Center, Cougar Crest Trail, and Alpine Pedal Path. Includes picnic tables, showers, restrooms, water, and fire pits. RV sites and tent camping are permitted. Reservations required; to reserve call 1-877-444-6777 or book online at www.reserveusa.com. Address: 40533 North Shore Drive, Big Bear City, CA 92314. Phone: 909-866-8021.

Hanna Flats Campground is in Jeffrey Pine forest in Fawnskin. Provides water and restrooms. This site is serene and offers 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.


Public Campsites: There are public group campgrounds all around the San Bernardino National Forest that are maintained by the Forest Service. These sites include picnic tables, fire rings, and a cleared area large enough for several campers. These camps are lower priced than private sites, offer fewer options in terms of space, comfort, and convenience than the private campsites.

Big Pine Flat Horse: Near Fawnskin Offers horse corrals, portable toilets, trash bins, fire rings, and stoves. Target shooting offered. Near to hiking, biking and OHV trails. No refunds for bad weather. 60 people and 5 vehicles. Location: Take State Highway 38 to Fawnskin. Left on Rim of the World. Drive 3 North 14 for 6.9 miles to 3 North 16. Left .3 miles, then right to the horse camp. To reserve call 1-877-444-6777 or book online.

Bluff Mesa: Off main road (Mill Creek Road to 2N86A). Pack-in, pack-out. 40 people; 8 vehicles. Bring your own water and garbage bags. Location: From Running Springs, take State Hwy 18 to Big Bear Lake Dam. Turn right on State Hwy 18 for 3 miles and turn on Tulip Lane. Turn right on Mill Creek Road (2N10), go 4 miles and turn right on 2N86 for a short distance. Turn on 2N86A to campsite. To reserve call 1-877-444-6777 or book online.

Boulder: Grill, rock climbing, vault toilets. 40 people; 8 vehicles. Please bring your own drinking water and garbage bags; This facility is pack it in, pack it out. Location: From Running Springs, CA, take State Hwy 18 to Big Bear Lake Dam. Go 3 miles on State Hwy 18, turn right on Tulip Lane. Turn right on Mill Creek Road (2N10) and travel for 2 miles. Turn on 2N10B and travel a short distance to the campground. To reserve call 1-877-444-6777 or book online.

Buttercup Group Camp: Near Big Bear Lake (Summit Blvd.). Pack-in, pack-out. Barbecue grill, group fire ring, water drinking, rock climbing, pack it in pack it out. 40 people; 8 vehicles. Location: From Running Springs, CA, take State Hwy 18 to Big Bear Lake Dam. From here go 6 miles on State Hwy 18, turning right on Summit Blvd. Turn left at the end of road and go about a 1/2 mile to the 2nd gate on the right. To reserve call 1-877-444-6777 or book online.

Deer Group Campsite: Near Big Bear Lake (Mill Creek Road to 2N45Y). Barbecue grill, group fire ring, water drinking, rock climbing, vault toilet, pack it in pack it out. 40 people; 8 vehicles. Location: From Running Springs, CA, take State Hwy 18 to Big Bear Lake Dam. Go 3 miles on State Hwy 18, turning right on Tulip Lane. Turn right on Mill Creek Road (2N10) for 8.6 miles. Turn on 2N45Y and go a short distance to campground. To reserve call 1-877-444-6777 or book online.

Gray’s Peak: Near Fawnskin (Rim of the World to 2N13). Close to Butler Park Fire Lookout. Barbecue grill, fire rings (3), tables (3), pit toilet (1). No refunds for bad weather. 40 people; 10 vehicles. Location: to Running Springs, CA. Take State Hwy 18 to Big Bear Lake Dam. Do not cross Dam. Go straight on SH-38 to Fawnskin and left on Rim of the World Drive (3N14) for 1.2 miles to 2N13. Follow 2N13 for a short distance to the campground. To reserve call 1-877-444-6777 or book online.

Green Spot: Near Big Bear Lake (Summit Boulevard). Hiking Trails (Sugarloaf National Rec Trail). Horse corrals (5); fire rings (3), tables (4), vault toilet (1). No trash pickup. 25 people; 10 vehicles. Location: From the Big Bear Ranger Station, turn left on Highway 38 and proceed east for 3.0 miles to Greenway, turn right continue past the airport to the signal at Big Bear Blvd.. Turn right (Big Bear Blvd. is Hwy 38) continue on Hwy 38 for 3.9 miles to Forest Road 2N93. On the opposite side of the road is Hatchery Rd., turn right on Forest Road 2N93 and continue for approximately 1/2 mile to the second dirt road to your left (unmarked). Proceed up this road 50 yards. To reserve call 1-877-444-6777 or book online.

IronWood: Near Fawnskin (Rim of the World, 3N97). Biking Trails. Hiking and OHV trails and target shooting nearby. Trash containers. BBQ grills (1), fire rings (2), tables (2), pit toilet (1). Drinking Water RV Sites Restrooms. Please pack out your trash. Adventure Pass required for parking anywhere outside of campground within National Forest. Available H2O is limited. No refunds for bad weather. 25 people; 5 vehicles. Location: From Running Springs, take CA 18 to Big Bear Lake Dam, & continue on CA 38 to Fawnskin, then turn left onto Rim of the World Drive (3N14). Go six miles, turn left, then turn right onto 3N97. For more information or an Adventure Pass, call the Discovery Center at (909) 866-3437. To reserve call 1-877-444-6777 or book online.

Juniper Springs: Near Fawnskin (Rim of the World, 2N13). Hiking, biking and OHV trails nearby. BBQ grill (1), fire rings (3), tables (3), pit toilet (1). No trash collection. Fire restrictions vary throughout the year. Campers must call the Big Bear Discovery Center at 909-866-3437 for the latest fire-related information. 40 people; 8 vehicles. Location: From Running Springs, take State Highway 18 to Big Bear Lake Dam. State Highway 38 17.9 miles, 2N01 (Obscure dirt road). First 100 yards rough, left 2.5 miles, 2N64Y right .6 miles to campground. To reserve call 1-877-444-6777 or book online.

Siberia Creek: This campground is currently CLOSED. Check the link (left) for updates. Free. 40 people; no vehicles. Location: From San Bernadino, take CA 330 20 miles north to the Camp Creek Trail turnoff. Park at the trailhead and hike. Requires a steep, 3-mile hike. Excellent trout fishing in Siberia Creek and Bear Creek.No campfires or charcoal fires, only campstoves allowed for cooking. Adventure Pass required to park anywhere in the forest. Please pack out your trash. For more information or an Adventure Pass, call the Discovery Center at (909) 866-3437.

Tanglewood: Near Van Dusen Canyon Road (3N79). Gold Fever Trail and Pacific Crest Trail nearby. BBQ grill, fire ring, tables, pit toilet. No trash collection. There is no trash pick up so please bring garbage bags. Bring own water. This facility is pack it in, pack it out. Location: From Running Springs, CA, (State Hwy 18) to Big Bear Lake Dam (State Hwy 38), for 8 miles. Turn left on Van Dusen Canyon Road (3N09) go for 4 miles. Turn right on 3N16 travel for approximately 2 miles. Take a right on 3N79 and follow for a short distance to campsite. No refunds for bad weather. Some first-come, first-served. 40 people; 8 vehicles. To reserve call 1-877-444-6777 or book online.