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Enjoy the beauty of the wilderness while protecting it for generations to come.

In any season, a drive to Big Bear Lake is a scenic and wonderful experience. Winding roads through rolling hills and mountains lead you to a destination worlds apart from the bustling cities below. Wooden sculptures line The Village streets, the smell of fresh pine fills the air, and a town of rustic cabins and mom n' pop shops welcome your arrival.

We welcome visitors year-round to our little mountain community, but ask that you treat our home with care by abiding by city ordinances, picking up after yourself, and respecting our wildlife and environment.

Please remember...

Plan Ahead and Prepare

  • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you're visiting, particularly camping and fire restrictions.
  • Be prepared for weather hazards and emergency situations.
  • Carry chains in your vehicle from November to April as well as a shovel and traction aids like cat litter or gravel.
  • Travel with blankets and water should you become stuck or stranded on mountain highways.
  • Schedule your trip to avoid peak visitation periods. Weekdays and non-holiday times are best.
  • Pack food for your trip as grocery stores tend to be extremely crowded on weekends.
  • Better yet! Order out during your stay and support local restaurants during coronavirus restrictions!
  • Plan your activities prior to your arrival and make reservations if possible.

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

  • As of October 9, 2020, camping is prohibited within the San Bernardino National Forest except at a small number of open developed campgrounds. See open campgrounds.
  • Durable surfaces include established trails and roads, campsites, rock, and gravel.
  • Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.
  • Good campsites are found, not made. Do not alter a site.
  • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches in the wilderness.
  • Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent
  • Do not disrupt areas where impact is minimal or nonexistent. Let nature be.
  • If you see areas where impact is just beginning, avoid the area and let it recover.
  • Do not transport firewood into the Valley from other areas. Firewood Task Force

Use and Maintain Campfires Responsibly

  • As of October 9, 2020, camping is prohibited within the San Bernardino National Forest except at a small number of open developed campgrounds. See open campgrounds.
  • Campfires are only permitted in established fire rings at open campgrounds.
  • Buy it where you burn it. Do not transport firewood into the Valley from other areas. Firewood Task Force
  • You must obtain a CA Campfire Permit. Campfire Safety

Respect Trails and Leave What You Find

  • Keep to existing trails. Do not create new ones.
  • Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when ground is wet or muddy.
  • Do not leave trash on trails.
  • Carry a garbage bag to hold your trash and pick up other trash you find along the way.
  • Do not take away rocks, plants, or other natural objects.
  • Do not approach wildlife.
  • Examine - but do not touch - cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
  • Do not introduce or transport non-native species.
  • Do not transport firewood into the Valley from other areas. Firewood Task Force

Respect Wildlife

  • Observe wildlife from a distance, do not follow or approach them.
  • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors and exposes them to predators and dangers.
  • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.

Dispose of Waste Properly

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods.
  • Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.
  • Burry solid human waste in holes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from the water, camp and trails.
  • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.
  • To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors

  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
  • Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
  • Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.