Leave No Trace
Leave a positive impact on the environment by travelling green!
In any season, a drive to Big Bear Lake is a scenic experience. Winding roads through the mountains lead you to a destination worlds apart from the bustling cities below. The smell of fresh pine fills the air and a town of rustic cabins and mom n' pop shops welcome your arrival. We invite visitors year-round but ask that you treat our home with care, pick up after yourself, and respect our wildlife and environment.
Please remember to...
Plan Ahead & Prepare
- Know the rules and regulations for the area, particularly camping and fire restrictions.
- Prepare 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.
- To avoid the heaviest traffic, plan to travel weekdays and non-holiday periods.
- Dine out and support local restaurants.
- Make activity reservations if possible before you arrive.
Use & Maintain Campfires Responsibly
- 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.
Be Considerate of Other Visitors
- Respect other visitors.
- Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.
Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Check open campgrounds first
- Durable surfaces include established trails and roads, campsites, rock, and gravel.
- Camp 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 the impact is minimal or nonexistent.
- If you see areas where impact is beginning, avoid the area and let it recover.
Respect Trails & Leave What You Find
- Keep to existing trails. Do not create new ones.
- Do not leave trash on trails and pick up any trash you find.
- 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.
Dispose of Waste Properly
- Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods.
- Bury human waste in holes 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.