About Big Bear Area

Located in the heart of America's most pristine woodlands, Big Bear Lake, California, is the ideal four-season vacation getaway. Though best known for its white powder and ski trails, Big Bear Lake is home to the clearest mountain lakes for swimming and sailing, alongside nature paths for hiking and exploring.

Kick off your ski boots and slip on your moccasins after a long day on the slopes, then curl up next to the fireplace, a luxury that many vacation rentals offer. Big Bear Lake is home to wonderful trails for skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, horseback riding, and biking. Trails range from difficult to easy, and there are plenty of bike rental shops for bikers of all levels.

While you're here, consider scheduling some of the following activities:

  • Go on an exciting off-road expedition: Big Bear Off Road Adventures explores the canyons, streams, river valleys, hills and canyons of the San Bernardino Mountains, located about 30 miles outside of Big Bear Lake.
  • Meet the pirates: Big Bear offers Pirate Ship Tours with daily rides atop ships with real, live pirates. These tours are both entertaining and picturesque, with sunset cruises that steer around Big Bear Lake.
  • Go snowboarding: Come watch or participate in California's best snowboarding contest, Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails, held in September. For the general public, there are movie premieres, giveaways, and much more.
  • Ride the Sky Chair: Do you want to explore the world's most beautiful trails but can't make it to the top? Big Bear's Sky Chair takes you to the 8,200 ft. summit of Big Bear Mountain.
  • Play golf: Tee off at the Bear Mountain Golf Course, which offers a driving range, pro shop, and Club House Grill open daily.
  • Enjoy world class dining: Big Bear Lake is home to some of the best steak houses in the state, as well as bistros, grills and elegant night spots overlooking the mountains.

In addition to beautiful Big Bear camping venues, the lake area and mountains offer plenty of vacation rental and luxury condo opportunities. Big Bear cottages can provide a secluded forest getaway- for quiet relaxation or family fun. While you're here, schedule a visit to San Bernadino or Joshua Tree, both just a short drive away.