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Your questions answered! When are the best times to Visit Big Bear? Which route should I take? Do I need snow chains? Keep reading to become an expert at Big Bear travel!

Big Bear Lake Information

Are there public restrooms and public parking lots?

Public restrooms are located at:

  • Bartlett Public Parking Lot
  • Rotary Park
  • Knickerbocker Public Parking Lot
  • Cougar Crest Trailhead
  • Woodland Trailhead
  • Aspen Glen Picnic Area

Parks & Rec Locations >>> Addresses & Info

  • Meadow Park (Big Bear Lake)
  • Ski Beach (Big Bear Lake)
  • Sugarloaf Park
  • Miller Park (Fawnskin)
  • Dana Point Park (Fawnskin)
  • Erwin Lake Park
  • Tennis Ranch (Erwin Lake)

Public Parking Lots are located at:

  • Bartlett Road
  • Knickerbocker Road
  • Pennsylvania Road
  • Behind the Dynasty restaurant
  • Parking is permitted along city streets as long as snow conditions are not in effect
  • THERE IS NO FREE OVERNIGHT PARKING OFFERED IN BIG BEAR

Are there electric car charging stations in Big Bear?

At this time, Holloway's Marina & RV Park offers a $10 charge to use their charging station.

Where Are Trash Disposal Sites?

The City maintains two public trash sites for both residents and visitors within the City of Big Bear Lake.

  • Fire House #2 (across from the Civic Center on Big Bear Blvd.)
  • Big Bear Disposal, 41974 Garstin Road

Locations & Info

For residents and visitors outside of the area, please use provided trash bins at your location.

When is the peak/off peak season?

Big Bear has two peak seasons. The first is in the winter, from Thanksgiving to March. The second peak season is in the summer, from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend.

What is the climate/temperatures?

If you prefer lots of sunshine and mild to moderate temperatures, then Big Bear is your place! At 7,000' altitude, Big Bear's 320+ days of sunshine each year guarantee no "June Gloom" here!

Summer temperatures average 77 degrees daytime and 45 degrees at night. Winter brings about 120 inches of annual snowfall with temps in the mid-40s during the day and mid-20s at night.

How close is Big Bear?

Big Bear is a close drive for most Southern California residents. From Los Angeles it's only a 2-hour drive, San Diego is a two-and-a-half-hour drive, and Las Vegas is a 3-and-a-half-hour drive - traffic depending of course!

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What are my transportation options?

Most people opt to drive up with their own vehicles. However, Mountain Transit and Big Bear Cab Company offers transportation within the Valley and off the mountain.

If you're driving in the mountain region from Nov 1 to Apr 30, you must carry chains in your vehicle, even if you aren't required to them on.

Where is the closest airport?

Ontario International Airport is the closest airport. Other airports include Palm Springs International Airport, John Wayne Airport in Orange County and LAX in Los Angeles. The Big Bear Airport is Big Bear’s own municipal airport for private planes.

Banking Services & ATMs

No Branch ATMs:

  • Wells Fargo - in the K-Mart parking lot

Full Service Banking:

  • First Mountain Bank (909) 866-5861
  • Union Bank of California (909) 866-3447
  • Alaska USA Federal Credit Union (800) 525-9094
  • US Bank (909) 866-9720
  • Citibank (909) 366-5162

Attraction and Activity Information

Where Can I Get Info on Activities & Restaurants?

Our Visitor Center at the corner of Big Bear Blvd and Pine Knot Ave is fully staffed with knowledgeable experts on activities, events, and recommendations.

Are attractions open year round?

Year-round attractions include:

  • San Bernardino National Forest trails are open 365 days per year for hiking and biking in summer and snowshoeing in the winter.
  • Though marinas close in the fall, the lake shoreline is open for fishing year round.
  • Big Bear Mountain Resort operates on a year-round basis with skiing and snowboarding in the winter and mountain biking in the summer.
  • Ziplining and Segway tours with Action Tours
  • 4X4 tours with Big Bear Jeep Experience
  • Horseback riding tours with Baldwin Lake Stables
  • Big Bear Ropes Course and the Alpine Slide are open year-round with various attractions.
  • Big Bear Alpine Zoo
  • Helicopter Big Bear tours

Search other recreation and activities here >>> Things to Do

What attractions are pet friendly?

Many Big Bear lodges and private homes allow for a dog to stay with you in your accommodations and many restaurants have outdoor patios that allow dogs to join their owners for a meal. When it comes to lake activities, dogs can splash into fun too. Well-behaved dogs can ride along on a pontoon rental, fishing boat, and some tour boats. See a list of Big Bear's pet-friendly accommodations.

What attractions are kid friendly?

It's a fact, kids have the most fun of all in Big Bear! Here are some ideas from our Blog for kid friendly adventure:

Hiking With Little Ones

Things To Do With Kids - Summer

Spring Family Fun

Winter Family Fun

What is the difference between the ski resorts?

Skiers and snowboarders come to Snow Summit with friends and families for a traditional alpine experience. There's plenty of room to roam, from the popular face of the mountain to peaceful, isolated trails with ideal ski conditions away from the crowd. Snow Summit’s Family Fun Park offers easy-does-it jumps, bumps and rollers.

Typically, snowboarders choose Bear Mountain whether for learning to ride, trying intermediate terrain, or honing a professional style. Bear Mountain is attractive to avid skiers too because of its steeper terrain. The Park offers upwards of 120 beginner to advanced jibs, rails, boxes and walls. It has over 100 snow features of all shapes and sizes, plus Southern California's only Superpipe!