San Bernardino National Forest Closure

The San Bernardino National Forest is closed Aug. 31 at midnight until Sept. 22 at midnight. Keep reading for more info.

The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has temporarily closed all National Forests in California. With active wildfires in the state, fire crews and resources are spread thin. The current National Forest closure order is a preventative measure to avoid further wildfires in the state. Please respect this closure and help our community and hardworking firefighters stay safe.

What is open in Big Bear Lake?

  • All roads to/from and within Big Bear Lake are open to traffic.
  • Lodging and cabin rentals are operating and open to the public.
  • Restaurants are operating and open to the public.
  • All non-National Forest recreation and businesses are operating and open to the public.
  • The Maple Hill hiking trail system is open to the public.
  • Action Tours Zipline, Segway, and More is open to the public.
  • Oktoberfest -- Opens September 11
  • Marinas are open for boat, jet ski, kayak rentals and other lake activities.- Lake Tours are open to the public.
  • City parks are open. This includes Boulder Bay Park, Veterans Park, Rotary Park, Meadow Park, Dana Point, Ski Beach and others.
  • Alpine Slide and Big Bear Speedway & Ropes Course is open.
  • Big Bear Alpine Zoo is open
  • The Village is open for shopping, dining, and recreation.
  • Sports stores are open for bike rentals
  • The Bowling Barn is open

This closure means:

  • All San Bernardino National Forest trails are closed for hiking, biking, horseback riding, motorbiking, off-roading and all other activity.
  • Developed Campgrounds in the San Bernardino National Forest are closed.
  • Remote camping is not permitted and Yellow Post Sites are closed.
  • Designated Picnic Areas are closed. In Big Bear this includes Juniper Point, Meadows Edge, Aspen Glen, and Grout Bay.
  • Shoreline fishing on National Forest land is prohibited.
  • Big Bear Mountain Resort has suspended summer activities that take place on Forest Service land, including Summit Bike Park, the Scenic Sky Chair, and all base area activities. The Bear Mountain Golf Course will remain open.

The Forest Service will evaluate the closure on Sept. 22. Until then, please see further info here.

If I decide to cancel my trip, can I get a refund?

Lodging facilities are independent of Visit Big Bear, we recommend you contact lodging facilities directly should you wish to cancel your travel.