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Small Town, Big Adventure

Small Town, Big Adventure

Big Bear Lake is a year-round, four season resort in the mountains above Southern California. We are located in the San Bernardino Mountains about 2 ½ hours from Los Angeles or Orange County and about 3 hours from San Diego. Big Bear Airport is available for most private planes and other aircraft.


Wintertime in Big Bear Lake offers skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Spring, summer and fall opens up a whole new world of adventure for the outdoor enthusiast. Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, wakeboarding, parasailing, rock climbing and more.


Two high-octane events for adventure junkies in Big Bear Lake are 'Crafts and Cranks' in late July and the 'Kodiak 100 Ultra Trail Run' in late August. One is a craft beer festival with downhill mountain bike racing and the other is an ultimate trail run of 25, 50 or 100 miles.


In late October the true beast arrives with the Reebok Spartan Race. The Beast will test not only your endurance, perseverance and grit, but also your mind. The 12-14 Mile Beast packs more than 30 Signature Spartan Obstacles and your final hurdle to Spartan TRIFECTA glory. Also happening in October is the Big Bear Oktoberfest. Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons you can enjoy German food, imported brews, Bavarian bands, traditional dances and competitions, such as the Queen Stein Carrying Contest.


Thrill seekers can book a day of boulder crawling and other off-road fun at 7000' feet with Big Bear Jeep Experience or bring your own 4WD and explore Holcomb Valley on the 3 1/2 hour self-guided Gold Fever Trail. Like to bike? Check out Snow Summit Mountain Bike Park where you and your bike can ride the sky chair to the top of the mountain and choose from over 60 miles of trails to ride back down. While you're up on top of Snow Summit, stop in at the Skyline Taphouse or Hog On The Rocks for BBQ and ice cold brews.


Remote camping at Yellow Post Sites is secluded and free and definitely off the beaten path. There are traditional campsites that start around $22 per night and Group Camp Sites that can have up to 40 people for about $120 per night. For camping reservations visit www.recreation.gov Big Bear also has hostels, hotels, cabins, cottages and private home rentals in a variety of locations. Explore your lodging options at www.bigbear.com.


Most of the nightlife is in the Village where you'll find local restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Big Bear Lake Brewing Company is perfect for tasty craft beers and an extensive pub menu and The Cave is a great venue to hear some live music, grab a cocktail, a bite to eat and just chill with friends on the weekend. If you want something fresh and healthy, try Amangela's Bagel House or The Local, a new spot serving fresh organic bowls, coffee, juices and smoothies.


There are new events happening all the time, so visit our website at www.bigbear.com while planning your mountain adventures in Big Bear Lake.