Fall Fun in Big Bear Lake

Enjoy some of the best Fall color in Southern California. For the true beleafers, this is the best time to visit Big Bear. The Falltacular is Big Bear Lake's celebration of pumpkin spice everything, the glory of sweater weather and all the ways you can enjoy this wonder-fall time of the year.

As the mountain air turns crisp and cool, golden hues emerge to cast a warm glow over Big Bear Lake making it Southern California’s most popular location to capture autumn’s beauty. Fall is a spectacular time to enjoy a mountain lake escape.

San Bernardino National Forest temporarily closed

As of Sept. 7, San Bernardino National Forest is closed. This means no camping, hiking, OHVing, scenic driving and permitted wood cutting is allowed in the forest. At this time, there are no active fires threatening Big Bear Lake. However, due to smoke drifting from other fires, air quality is very poor. These restrictions are for public safety and to reduce the potential for human caused fires.

Please practice patience and respect.

Before you visit, however, we ask all guests to commit to helping us keep Big Bear Lake clean for everyone to enjoy. Please use caution and practice social distancing. Masks will be required when entering local stores and when social distancing is not possible. Please be respectful of the rules any business has regarding reopening. They are meant to keep staff and other patrons safe and to minimize the risk of a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Clean up your trash.

Whether you decide to enjoy a lake-side picnic, a scenic hiking trail or fishing trip excursion, please make sure you leave no trace. Leaving trash is not only an eyesore for everyone, but also harmful for local wildlife and can lead to fines!

Oktoberfest celebrates 50 years

Oktoberfest reservations are now available, however current guidelines for social distancing mean this year's capacity is very limited. Reservations are first come, first serve and must be reserved in advance. This year's Oktoberfest will also be limited to outdoor seating.

Crowded trails? Consider an earlier start time.

Popular trails in Big Bear Lake were heavily trafficked during the summer. Parking at trails such as Castle Rock is limited, and parking in turn-outs far away from the trail-head create dangerous situations. Consider exploring another trail or starting your hiking adventure at an earlier time to avoid overcrowding and hazardous parking. Note: At this time hiking in San Bernardino National Forest is closed.

Fall in Love with Big Bear Lake