Big Bear Lake is located in the San Bernardino National Forest, which is known as the largest urban forest in the country. At an altitude of 7,000’ and boasting more than 300 days of sunshine each year, Big Bear’s superb climate, scenic beauty and wide range of recreational choices make it a preferred location for mini vacations for families, outdoor enthusiasts and romantic couples.
Big Bear Lake, Southern California’s only four-season alpine resort, is approximately 100 miles from Los Angeles and is a convenient two-hour drive from most Southland cities. Urbanites escape to Big Bear Lake’s timberland playground spring through autumn to play on its sevenmile long lake and explore its lush pine forest. In winter, Big Bear’s snow covered terrain is ideal for a variety of winter sports and is home to two world-class ski resorts. Whether it’s a casual nature walk or high-energy action sports, Big Bear has it all! You’ll enjoy adventures through the backcountry, on the lake, and of course on the slopes!
Big Bear’s timberland playground is loaded with recreation! Bring your fishing pole and tackle because Big Bear Lake is known as one of the best fisheries in the Southland. You can fish for trout, bass, crappie, catfish and bluegill all year round; Get wet with freshwater aquatic sports, including wakeboarding, water skiing, wave runners, kayaking and canoeing; Hike the backcountry and explore some of Big Bear’s most scenic wonders; Ride a mountain bike to the top of a summit to take in the panoramic views; Take a ride to the far reaches of Big Bear Valley in an off-road high clearance vehicle; Get personal with alpine wildlife at Moonridge Animal Park; Capture the essence of Big Bear’s beauty with your camera or discover the variety of bird inhabitants of Big Bear Valley on a guided tour or on your own; Saddle up on a horse to explore the backwoods.
In the winter, ski or ride the slopes of Snow Summit and Bear Mountain; Take an adventure into the serene white forest to enjoy the silence of winter via snowshoes; Thrill seekers wanting a little boost ride down the slopes on inner tubes at Big Bear’s inner tubing parks; Bald Eagles come to Big Bear every winter, enjoy a tour to see the nation’s bird soaring through the alpine skies.
Of course you can’t do everything in one day, which is why Big Bear Lake Resort Association has a wide variety of lodging to choose from. Finish your day of fun at your private accommodations. Choices range from full service hotels to charming bed & breakfasts, private homes and rustic cabins. Whether it is lakefront, in the village, or countryside, every lodge in Big Bear creates a romantic atmosphere. Big Bear is a Breath of Fresh Air!