R A E L B A KE G IB OFFICIA L 2021 VISITORS MAGAZINE
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Big Bear Mountain Resort is Southern California’s home for year-round outdoor fun. Located in the heart of the San Bernardino Mountains, Big Bear Mountain Resort is where Southern California comes to experience world-class skiing and snowboarding in the winter as well as the region’s best mountain biking and hiking, an idyllic nine-hole golf course, and a full slate of family-friendly activities in the summer. Come see what Big Bear Mountain Resort has to offer.
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SOCAL’S SNOW CAPITAL Experience Southern California’s best snow conditions and most rideable terrain with two mountains – Bear Mountain and Snow Summit – offering awardwinning terrain parks, panoramic lake views, and can’t-miss après ski fun. Both mountains offer rentals, lessons, and in-resort retail and repair shops to make getting on the slopes even easier.
YOUR TRAIL STARTS HERE Summit Bike Park is a paradise for bike enthusiasts, featuring SoCal’s premier lift-served downhill park and access to more than 60 miles of cross-country trails. Prefer hiking to biking? Enjoy the scenic vistas of the Bobsled Trail (2 miles) or take a self-guided tour on the Mountain Top Loop (1 mile).
ADVENTURE AWAITS There’s something for everyone at Big Bear Mountain Resort. Beat the heat and enjoy familyfriendly activities like the Scenic Sky Chair, climbing wall, zip line, summer tubing, and Summit Mining Co., or book a tee time at Bear Mountain Golf Course and experience the benefits of playing at 7,000 feet.
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C O N T E N T
For decades, Big Bear has awed and delighted those lucky enough to experience its natural majesty — and we need your help to protect the precious mountain retreat that we all enjoy and love. In 2020, we launched the CARE FOR BIG BEAR campaign to unify locals and visitors toward one goal: to protect the valley and preserve it for future generations.
EXPLORE THE WIDE-OPEN SPACES OF BIG BEAR LAKE.
Who couldn’t use a trip to the mountains nowadays? With its shimmering lake, untouched forests, snow-capped peaks, and endless blue skies, Big Bear Lake is Southern California’s premier outdoor destination for a good reason. Just two hours southeast of Los Angeles, Big Bear offers endless naturally distanced fun. Enjoy peace and quiet along the 22 miles of lake shoreline; marvel at the old-growth canopies of the San Bernardino National Forest; discover epic views while traversing hundreds of miles of hiking trails; or experience heart-pumping thrills on the slopes of our award-winning mountain resorts. And as a true four-season destination, Big Bear offers fresh adventures to discover all year long. Take a hike on the Pacific @VisitBigBear Crest Trail in the spring; cool off by the lake with your family @CareForBigBear during the summer; explore the visual splendor of autumn hues; and have a blast skiing, snowboarding, and sledding in the winter. #LiveItUpBigBear Big Bear is the place to get away from the city life, venture into open and secluded spaces, and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Throughout this magazine, you’ll find tips on how you can do your part to preserve our natural playground. So, leave your worries behind and have some fun again in our spectacular outdoors. We look forward to seeing you!
This is a lifelong agreement between Big Bear locals and visitors. This is our call to action for all who love Big Bear to preserve, protect, and unify our natural playground for future generations to enjoy. Through education, motivation, and awareness, we all unite to Care For Big Bear on an endless scale. Working together, we vow to: Care for our community Appreciate our natural environment Respect our neighbors Enjoy our valley together
Best regards, The Visit Big Bear team
FOUR SEASONS OF BIG BEAR Every season in Big Bear is a wonderful adventure — and no matter when you visit, it’s easy to #CareForBigBear all year long.
Care For Big Bear strives to provide our visitors a fun and safe winter getaway to the mountains, and we encourage you to chip in by keeping our natural areas clear of clutter. Turn to pg. 17 for more tips on preserving our natural playground.
Spring is a feast for the eyes, and we look forward to breaking out our cameras every year to capture the gorgeous scenes. Do your part to ensure everyone gets a chance at some Instaworthy scenics by staying on the trails.
Summertime means fun for the whole family — and a chance to instill a lifelong appreciation for the outdoors. Care For Big Bear is committed to building deeper connections with our natural world, and you can get involved by encouraging your kids to learn, explore, and respect our beautiful surroundings.
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Fall’s magical scenes make walks around Big Bear a truly enchanting experience. Join us in preserving the magic of our natural spaces by bringing a trash bag to pack away your garbage as well as any litter you might find.
Big Bear Through the Years
From the Gold Rush to snow resorts, Big Bear boasts a storied past.
GOLD IS FOUND IN BIG BEAR In 1855, early settlers in Big Bear Valley discovered gold. A few years later, the first recorded mining operation began at Starvation Flats, near what is now the intersection of Division and Big Bear Boulevards.
THE PIONEERS In pursuit of outlaws who had been raiding ranches in Riverside, Benjamin Wilson led a posse into the mountains. Once they reached the top of the mountain range, Wilson and his team found a valley swarming with grizzly bears, inspiring the moniker of Big Bear Valley.
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THE BEGINNING OF A RESORT TOWN As a sign of the times to come, the Valley’s first resort lodging, the Bear Valley Hotel, opened its doors. New roads increased access to the Valley as well; in 1908, the first round trip through the mountains by automobile was completed in 13 hours and 17 minutes — a breakneck pace at the time.
1860–1879: THE GOLD RUSH In 1860, a bear hunter named William Holcomb found gold in the backcountry after tracking a bear’s trail to a creek filled with flakes of gold. News of the discovery spread, and Southern California’s largest gold rush was on.
BIG BEAR LAKE IS BORN To supply citrus farms in Redlands with water, Frank Brown began construction on a dam across the Valley, creating a reservoir that became Big Bear Lake.
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PRE-1840: THE NATIVES The first known inhabitants of Big Bear were the Yuhaviatam (meaning “people of the pines”), who have lived in the Big Bear region for thousands of years.
1911–1925: HOLLYWOOD DISCOVERS BIG BEAR With its scenic vistas of majestic mountains and tranquil forests, Big Bear Valley became an attractive backlot for the burgeoning film industry in nearby Los Angeles, driving a surge of tourism to the area.
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HOLLYWOOD’S NATURAL BACKLOT Since its founding, Big Bear Valley has been no stranger to the silver screen. The region was featured in classics such as Heidi (starring Shirley Temple) and Gone with the Wind, and the Valley became a favorite destination for movie stars looking to escape the glitz and glam of Hollywood. Today, Big Bear Valley continues to serve as a scenic backdrop for hit films and TV shows, including Grey’s Anatomy and The Bachelorette. Catch sights of locations from some of your favorite movies and shows, or discover a production in action — and if you’re lucky, you just might spot a famous face or two.
1928–1949: THE (WINTER) FUN BEGINS The first winter facilities were built in 1928, when a ski jump competition was held just west of Big Bear Village. In 1938, a toboggan run and sling lift were developed behind the Village. The 1930s and ’40s saw an explosion in tourism as people flocked to the area to ski, and the first ski resort was built in 1949.
1958–1961: SNOW DAY! Hoping to extend the winter season, nearby Rebel Ridge Ski Area began experimenting with snowmaking technology. In 1961, Snow Summit was the first Big Bear resort to use the new advancements, churning up snow created from Big Bear Lake’s water supply.
In the late 1980s, snowboarding exploded on the winter scene, and Big Bear’s ski resorts became early adopters of the new sport. Snow Summit and Bear Mountain would serve as training grounds for some of snowboarding’s biggest stars, including Olympic gold medalist Shaun White. Fittingly, Big Bear would host the first ever Winter X Games in 1997.
1998: BIG BEAR DISCOVERY CENTER
Co-managed by the Southern California Mountains Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service, the center operated as a steward for the San Bernardino National Forest. Today, it services more than 190,000 annual visitors looking to explore this pristine landscape.
1988 – 1997
SNOWY PARADISE Snow Summit acquired Bear Mountain and became Big Bear Mountain Resorts, creating an unparalleled mountain experience for skiers and snowboarders.
TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE Care For Big Bear is born out of a love for the area’s natural beauty and a desire to preserve this natural playground for generations to come. Unifying Big Bear residents and visitors, the campaign strives to foster respect for the community, appreciation for the region’s natural environment, and enjoyment of the valley.
THE HOT LIST
New in Town “Big Bear — a diamond in the rough, nestled above the clouds, boasting nearly 300 days of gleaming sun. A gentle teacher lies in these glorious hills, guiding young and old alike, allowing us to embrace beautiful change by blessing us with four true seasons: playful, warm summers giving us space to bask in the sun; colorful autumns; wonderful winters blanketing us in snow; and beautiful springs giving each of us the opportunity for new growth and abundance. Come here to rejuvenate and rediscover the human spirit within yourself.” – Meg Kee, founder of Mountain Girls Follow Kee’s adventures at @megkkee and @mountaingirls.
HIDDEN AWAY in the San Bernardino Mountains, Big Bear is famed for its untouched natural beauty, but the outdoors destination knows how to keep it fresh with new and exciting attractions. BIG BEAR ALPINE ZOO Big Bear Alpine Zoo recently reopened in some new digs. Since 1959, the alpine zoo — one of only two in the country — has served as San Bernardino County’s wildlife rehabilitation facility and a must-visit for animal lovers everywhere.
1: It’s Christmas all year long at Santa Land Big Bear; 2: Visit the newly remodeled Big Bear Discovery Center; 3: See wildlife up close at Big Bear Alpine Zoo; 4: Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain; 5: Curious raccoons at the zoo; 6: Go for a ride on the Mineshaft Coaster at Alpine Slide.
Located at the intersection of Moonridge Road and Club View Drive, the family-friendly attraction features several local species including arctic foxes, grey wolves, bald eagles, snow leopards, grizzly bears, and more. Schedule a guided tour or tune into any of the “Animal of the Day” or behavioral enrichment presentations to witness how keepers encourage animal residents to embrace their wild sides. bigbearzoo.org MINESHAFT COASTER This all-season alpine coaster at Alpine Slide at Magic
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Experience Big Bear Lake like never before at these latest spots. BY LAUREN BONNEY
Santa Land Big Bear
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Thanks to Santa Land Big Bear, the most wonderful time of the year now takes place all year long. Located in The Village at Big Bear Lake, the dog-friendly, interactive destination takes visitors through 12 different rooms, such as Santa’s workshop. (There are also themed playrooms and events for other holidays, including Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Halloween.) Learn about the story of Santa Claus and his decades-long influence on pop culture, and snap a pic with the big man himself at one of the attraction’s selfie stations. Or write a letter to the North Pole regardless if you’re naughty or nice. santalandbigbear.com
#CAREFORBIGBEAR Mountain is perfect for thrill seekers and young families alike. Enjoy gorgeous mountain views on your way to the top before racing down a mile-long track for an exhilarating ride full of twists, turns, drops, tunnels, dips, and even a 360-degree corkscrew. Ride solo or grab your coaster buddy for a doubles adventure. alpineslidebigbear.com BIG BEAR DISCOVERY CENTER After almost two years of renovations, the popular nature center is set to reopen this year. For more
than two decades, the Big Bear Discovery Center has been the go-to spot for guests eager to explore the valley, thanks to its fun assortment of educational programs, exhibits, and guided nature tours led by passionate outdoor enthusiasts. Take the tykes on an adventure at the center’s Nature Discovery Zone, learn about Big Bear’s wild beginnings, and get tips for finding the valley’s hidden gems. mountainsfoundation.org
Big Bear’s wide-open spaces make it easy to naturally social distance while you’re enjoying the great outdoors. Protect yourself, our community, and the environment by wearing a reusable cloth mask. Bring your own, or head to a local shop to purchase cloth masks for you and the family.
Find a piece of Big Bear to bring home at one of the gift shops in The Village. Bear Essentials, Big Bear Discount Gifts and Souvenirs, Brown Bear Gift Shop, and Shirt Shanty offer a wide variety of souvenirs, such as wood carvings, toys, postcards, books, apparel, and other keepsakes. Preserve your favorite memories with pics from Bending Energy Photography, or pay a visit to the friendly folks at the Big Bear Visitor Center for everything you need to make your trip amazing — including fun mementos at the center’s gift shop.
Downtown Big Bear Discover a treasure trove of local finds in The Village at Big Bear. BY CASEY CANTRELL
JUST STEPS FROM THE LAKE, The Village at Big Bear Lake is the valley’s hub for shopping and dining offering up a unique medley of treasures to bring home. KIDS OF ALL AGES No matter where you look, there’s plenty of fun to be found for kids as well as the young at heart. Get the party rolling at The Bowling Barn, a state-of-the-art, 16-lane bowling alley located in the heart of The Village. After a round of bowling, put your deductive skills to the test: Search for clues in a smart phone–guided scavenger hunt at Urban Adventure Quest, or put your wits to the test as you and your family attempt to solve 1
Grab a souvenir fridge magnet at Brown Bear Gift Shop!
Outdoor dining Enjoy fresh food and fresh air with outdoor seating at The Village’s eateries. See PAGE 41 for local spots offering alfresco options.
challenging puzzles and riddles at Mountain Room Escapes and Big Bear Escape Room. VILLAGE FEAST From traditional American dining to authentic world cuisines, deliciousness abounds in Big Bear for your choice of takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining. Warm up on a chilly day with a spicy curry at Himalayan Restaurant. Explore an aromatic mix of Indian and Nepalese dishes such as chicken masala, paneer tikka masala, and vegetable thali. For more Asian fare, stop by Royal Thai Bistro for fragrant bites of stir fry, noodles, curries, and more. Can’t decide what to eat? Santana & Mavericks makes it easy to order exactly what you want with a menu that features American, Asian, French, Italian, and Mexican cuisine. Sample brews and finger-licking-good barbecue at The Bone Yard Bar & Grill. With more than 40 beers on tap, the brewery offers plenty of classics as well as new favorites to be discovered.
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PET FRIENDLY Make memories for your pets, too! Find a new home for Fido at Barrel 33, which offers doghouses made from recycled wine barrels. Bird lovers will have plenty to crow about at Chirp Nature Center, where the sky is the limit. Peruse an array of birdbaths, feeders, houses, bird-watching accessories, and plenty of avian-themed gifts for the bird lovers in your life.
Who doesn’t love a good deal? In Big Bear, we strive to “share the wealth” of the outdoors by preserving our natural surroundings from litter. Join us in protecting our wildlife by bringing reusable bags for your shopping trips, or visit the Big Bear Visitor Center to purchase a Big Bear tote bag.
TREAT YOURSELF! In The Village, there are plenty of reasons to splurge. Rock your world with a selection of high-quality jewelry, gemstones, and more at Earth’s Elements, or make over your look with the best in women’s fashion at O Koo Ran. Spruce up the home with the stylish decor available at The Red Barn, or pay a visit to Barrel 33 to sip vino as you browse the handcrafted wine barrel furniture. More of a beer person? The tasting room also offers local craft brews.
1: Sip on wines, craft beers, and hard ciders at Barrel 33; 2: Find the latest styles at O Koo Ran.
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CHIRP NATURE CENTER
Connecting people to nature — Chirp Nature Center provides carefully curated wild bird supplies, guides, gifts, and much more for forest adventures. Conveniently located in The Village. 888.412.4477 chirpforbirds.com chirpforbirds
Love visiting Big Bear? You’ll love opening a business and living here even more. The Big Bear Chamber of Commerce and the City of Big Bear Lake have the resources and personalized service to get you started. Call today. Big Bear Chamber of Commerce bigbearchamber.com | 909.866.4607 City of Big Bear Lake citybigbearlake.com | 909.866.5831
Enjoy musical entertainment, cocktails, and great food at The Cave, featuring Rockin’ Burritos take out/dine in and The American Iron Restaurant and Bar. Family and pet-friendly, with night life after 8 pm. 909.878.0204 thecavebigbear.com thecave
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Great Outdoors BIG BEAR LAKE IS THE BEST PLACE TO ESCAPE INTO THE WIDE-OPEN OUTDOORS. SO, GRAB YOUR GEAR (OR PICK UP SOME WHEN YOU ARRIVE) AND HEAD OUTSIDE!
By Lauren Bonney
At Southern California’s premier four-season mountain destination, you can enjoy wellgroomed conditions for downhill skiing, rugged hiking and biking trails with beautiful lake views, and warm sunny days paddling across the lake. This jewel of the San Bernardino Mountains offers visitors a variety of epic experiences 365 days a year. All you have to do is choose your own open-air adventure.
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By the Numbers
GREAT FOR SKIING, SNOWBOARDING, OR JUST HANGING OUT, SNOW SUMMIT AND BEAR MOUNTAIN ARE BOTH MADE FOR FUN. SEE HOW THE TWO PEAKS COMPARE.
Founded: 1952 Skiable Terrain: 240+ acres Number of Runs: 27 Vertical Drop: 1,200 feet Lifts: 11 Moving Carpets: 5 Peak Elevation: 8,200 feet Longest Run: 1.25 miles (Westridge) Terrain Parks: 6
LET IT SNOW
As the last of the autumnal colors begin to fade, Big Bear transforms into a snowy playground. With its frosty alpine lake surrounded by snow-dusted forests, two award-winning ski resorts, and clear blue skies, Big Bear is the ultimate spot for a naturally distanced winter getaway. Experience the majesty of the mountain from December through April.
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Shred fresh snow at Big Bear’s ski resorts.
Founded: 1943 Skiable Terrain: 198 acres Number of Runs: 15 Vertical Drop: 1,665 feet Lifts: 8 Moving Carpets: 4 Peak Elevation: 8,805 feet Longest Run: 1.5 miles (Geronimo) Terrain Parks: 14 (plus 3 pipes)
More Snow, More Fun If you’re looking for something to do off the slopes, Big Bear offers other family-friendly, snow-filled activities.
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SNOWSHOE SOLITUDE Whether you’re a backcountry explorer or a hesitant newcomer, snowshoeing is an ideal activity for all levels. Slowly work your way through the quiet backwoods of Big Bear, or get your heart pumping with a brisk romp through some serious powder. Learn more about the mountain’s unique environment with a guided tour with Big Bear Discovery Center or Action Zipline, Segway & More. Or go your own way with rentals from Goldsmith’s Sports. WINTERTIME PEDALS Who says you can’t bike in the snow? For a cruise around town or a challenging spin down snowcovered backroads, rent a fat-tire bike from Bear Valley Bikes. Also known as fat bikes, these twowheelers are fitted with oversized tires to ride on soft, unstable terrain, so you can rest assured that your snowy cycling experience will be made easier. TUBULAR SLOPES From kids to teens to adults, tubing is entertaining for everyone. Make your way up the magic carpet before racing each other down the slope on colorful inner tubes. Big Bear has three tubing areas (Alpine Slide at
Grab your snowshoes from Goldsmith’s Sports and explore Big Bear.
Big Bear Mountain Resort offers a variety of gear rentals for a safe, powder-filled day on the mountain. Rental packages include skis, boots, and poles for skiing, and boots, bindings, and boards for snowboarding. The resort also has a concierge service that will fit you at your cabin or hotel. Stock up at Goldsmith’s Sports, which provides packages for different skill levels. You can also get fitted for gear at the Big Bear Mountain Resort Visitor Center Station.
Magic Mountain, Big Bear Snow Play, and Grizzly Ridge Tube Park), each with its own unique downhill courses. On Friday, Saturday, and holidays, Alpine Slide and Big Bear Snow Play offer glow tubing for some nighttime sledding.
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HERE ARE FIVE TIPS TO REMEMBER WHEN VISITING IN WINTER.
STAY OFF BIG BEAR LAKE. The lake’s ice is extremely thin and not suitable for walking or skating. Don’t put your life at risk!
CARRY CHAINS/ TRACTION DEVICES in your car from November to March, and pull off the road to put them on.
APPLY SUNSCREEN AND DRINK H20. You get dehydrated and sunburnt more easily in higher altitude.
BRING KITTY LITTER and a shovel to get out of icy situations.
SLED ON TUBING HILLS. Avoid streets and private property.
Our spaces are a blast to explore, and we work hard to ensure everyone has a fun and safe time on our pristine snow. Do your part to leave no trace: Pack in or properly dispose of anything you bring, including sleds, masks, and food and beverages.
RIDE THE TRAILS Gear Up Visit these spots for your biking needs. BEAR VALLEY BIKES 40298 Big Bear Blvd. bvbikes.com 909.866.8000 GOLDSMITH’S SPORTS 42071 Big Bear Blvd. goldsmithssports.com 909.866.2728 PADDLES AND PEDALS 40545 North Shore Ln. paddlesandpedals.com 909.936.2907 SUMMIT BIKE PARK 880 Summit Blvd. bigbearmountain resort.com 909.866.5841
Big Bear is known for its mountain biking trails and single-tracks, ranging from beginner to expert-level. Ride up Summit Bike Park’s chairlift with your bike to access trails on and off property, or take off on any designated trails. MOUNTAIN BIKING (At Summit Bike Park) Trail: Going Green Level: Beginner Distance: 4 miles Features: Gentle sweeping berms, minimal pedaling or braking, and picturesque lake views. Trail: Cabin 89 Trail Level: Intermediate Distance: 1.7 miles Features: Starting from the Aspen Glen Picnic Area, a short but thrilling ride featuring steep climbs and sharp corners.
Trail: 10-Ply Level: Advanced Distance: 1 mile Features: Mix of technical single-track terrain and natural features, including drops and rock gardens. Trail: Gray’s Peak Trail Level: Moderate Distance: 7 miles Features: With a nearly 1,200-foot elevation gain, this trail will make you break a sweat. The trail is closed from winter to spring for bald eagle nesting.
ROAD CYCLING (All roads are highway routes) Trail: Alpine Pedal Path Level: Beginner Distance: 2.5 miles Features: Car-free, relaxing lakeside cruise, perfect for family rides. Trail: Lake Loop Level: Intermediate Distance: 15–20 miles Features: Hour-long pedal at a casual pace around the lake.
Trail: Onyx Summit Level: Advanced Distance: 9 miles Features: Ascend the highest altitude roadway in SoCal at 8,443 feet. Did You Know? Professional athletes from around the world have trained in Big Bear’s high altitudes, and the city has hosted its share of major cycling events such as the Amgen Tours of California.
Enjoy an easy ride with the family on Alpine Pedal Path.
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Test your cycling prowess on Big Bear’s mountain biking trails.
Weekends are often busy in Big Bear, but don’t worry — we have plenty of space to ride. When you see a full parking lot at a trailhead, move on to the next trail. For traffic-free joyrides down the mountain, make a trip during the week to enjoy our biking trails at their most pristine.
Hiking & Biking Map
1 ALPINE PEDAL PATH An asphalt path along Big Bear Lake’s north shore, it is easily accessible for hikers, bikers, skaters, joggers, strollers, and wheelchairs. 5 miles, easy
8 HAPPY HILLS TRAIL This ADA-compliant route gives hikers a view of wildlife and historical buildings. Parking available at City Hall. 0.5 mile, easy
2 WOODLAND TRAIL Take the self-guided tour to learn about local botany, geology, and wildlife. 1.5 mile, easy
9 CASTLE ROCK TRAIL One of Big Bear’s most popular trails, it begins one mile east of Big Bear Dam on Hwy. 18. (Note: Parking is limited.) 2.4 miles, moderate to difficult
3 RATHBUN CREEK TRAIL Adjacent to Moonridge Road, this trail provides a unique way to explore the city. 0.5 mile, easy 4 SNOW SUMMIT/GRAND VIEW LOOP BIKE TRAIL This out-and-back trail starts with a ride on the Scenic Sky Chair to Grandview Point Junction. 9 miles, intermediate 5 THE SKYLINE TRAIL Access this multi-use single-track from the east on Club View Drive, or from the west at the junction of 2N10 and 2N17. 30 miles, intermediate
Multi-Use Path or Trail Hiking Trail
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail Interpretive Trailhead
11 GRAY’S PEAK TRAIL This hike offers scenic sights of Big Bear Lake below. The trail is closed from winter to spring for bald eagle nesting. 7 miles, moderate to difficult
Adventure Pass Required
7 PINE KNOT TRAIL Mountain bikers can take the Scenic Sky Chair to 2N10 and follow the Pine Knot Trail west or take off from the Aspen Glen Picnic Area. 6 miles, moderate
13 COUGAR CREST TRAIL This trail ends at the junction of the 2,600-mile-long Pacific Crest Trail. 4–7 miles, moderate/ difficult
Designated Fire Road
6 TOWNE TRAIL Enjoy a pleasant woodland hike that’s easily accessed from Big Bear Village. 3 miles, easy
Dirt Fire Road
10 CHAMPION LODGEPOLE PINE TRAIL Located on the south side of the lake, this gentle walk follows a stream down to the Champion Lodgepole Pine, one of the largest known lodgepoles in the world. 0.6 mile, easy
12 GROUT BAY BIKE TRAIL This trail begins with a short climb from the Fawnskin fire station up to Hanna Flat campground. 13 miles, intermediate
Ranger Station Fire Station Picnic Area
Group Campground Ecological Reserve
Fire Lookout Tower Visitor Center
All trails are dog friendly and require dogs to be always on leash. All mileage is round trip. For more info, visit bigbear.com. Most trailhead parking requires an Adventure Pass, available for purchase at the Big Bear Visitor Center.
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Leave no Trace: TIPS for visitors FOLLOW THESE TIPS TO PRESERVE OUR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.
PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE Check the weather, make reservations when you can, and bring lots of water. TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES The best trails and campgrounds are found, not made.
HIKE ALL DAY
Here are five trails in Big Bear Lake where you can have fun all day long.
SUNRISE Sunrise might be the best time to explore Big Bear: The air is cool and quiet as the forests begin to stir. For a leisurely morning activity, take an easy stroll on the 1.6-mile Stanfield Marsh Boardwalk to see and hear the valley come to life. But for sweeping alpine vistas timed perfectly with the sun’s arrival, head up the Cougar Crest Trail. Rest near the top to take in the scenery before heading back down or venturing on to Bertha Peak. EARLY TO MID-MORNING Starting out at the base of the Aspen Glen Picnic Area, the 6-mile Pine Knot Trail is a great option for those looking for an hours-long diversion before taking a dip in the lake. After winding through a diverse grove of white firs, Jeffrey pines, oaks, and manzanita, the trail culminates in spectacular views of Mt. San Gorgonio.
AFTERNOON Not a morning person? Don’t worry — there are still plenty of trails to discover that offer great midday hikes. An easy .6-mile trek, the Champion Lodgepole Trail offers a pleasant hike through lush forest (perfect for escaping the afternoon heat) before ending at Bluff Meadows, where you’ll find some of the largest Lodgepole pine trees in the world. SUNSET Sometimes the best way to wrap up a day in Big Bear is with a sunset stroll — and one of the best spots to do that is on the 2.5-mile-long Alpine Pedal Path along the lake’s north shore. Watch as the sun turns the water golden before dipping below the horizon. (Tip: Make sure to bring a flashlight for the trek back!) Most trailhead parking requires an Adventure Pass, available for purchase at the Big Bear Visitor Center.
USE CAMPFIRES RESPONSIBLY Get your campfire permit at permit. preventwildfiresca.org. LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND While tempting, leave any natural keepsakes you find in the forest. RESPECT WILDLIFE Give animals their distance. You’re in their home! DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY Pack it in, pack it out. Bring a bag to carry your trash. BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS Care for Big Bear means caring for each other! Let’s make the outdoors special for everyone.
ON THE WATER
At the heart of Big Bear is its lake, and with 22 miles of shoreline, there’s plenty of room to spread out. From kayaking to fishing to catching some rays, Big Bear Lake draws water enthusiasts of all kinds to its alpine shores. So, put on the sunscreen, grab those sunnies, and hit the water.
Catch some air while wakeboarding on Big Bear Lake.
Play on the Water Choose your watersport for the ultimate day on the lake. KAYAK AND CANOE Venture into parts of the shoreline and inlets inaccessible to motorized vessels. Vibe: Relaxed discovery BOAT Charter a boat and explore the lake at your own pace, or simply relax far from the shore. Vibe: Chill hangout STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD Test your balance on a paddleboard as you glide through the water. Vibe: Great core workout
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WAKEBOARD AND WATER SKI Skiing isn’t just for the snow! If you’re new to wakeboarding and waterskiing, sign up for a lesson with a licensed instructor. Vibe: Action adventure TUBE Rent a tube and book a licensed driver for a wild ride across the water. Vibe: Fun thrills JET SKI Hop on a Jet Ski and let ’er rip. Snag your ride from any of the marinas. Vibe: High-speed enterprise
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Go fishing for rainbow trout in Big Bear Lake.
GRAB THE RIGHT GEAR FOR YOUR LAKE TRIP. FISHING Head to Big Bear Sporting Goods to stock up on all your fishing needs before hopping aboard with the expert anglers at Big Bear Charter Fishing, Cantrell Guide Service, or Fish Big Bear Charter Services. PADDLES Rent your choice of kayak, canoe, or paddleboard at Paddles and Pedals. WATERSPORTS Check out Big Bear Watersports School or Designated Wakesports for waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing, and Jet Ski lessons and rentals. Note: All private watercraft, including non-motorized vessels, must display a permit, which can be purchased at any marina. See PAGE 26 for more info.
Cast a Line Reel ’em in on shore or venture out by boat for exceptional freshwater fishing.
Big Bear Lake is a source of joy for locals, visitors, and wildlife alike, and our valley thrives when we work together to keep it clean of litter and pollution. Recycle your fishing lines and lures, and find a list of trash sites on PAGE 56. 24
FISHY FACTS: There are several species of fish that thrive in Big Bear Lake. The most popular are rainbow trout, largemouth bass, and channel catfish, as well as some panfish, including bluegill and black crappie. (Note: A fishing license is required and can be purchased at most marinas.) TOP SPOTS: Spring and fall are the perfect seasons for anglers of all ages. The west end of the lake tends to see a majority of the action for trout, while hot spots for bass fishing are Eagle Point and Boulder Bay. Catfish are primarily found on the east end of
the lake near Stanfield Cutoff and the East Boat Public Launch Ramp, while panfish are typically located around South Shore near marina docks. LAUNCH SITES: Public launch ramps are open for all vessels, motorized and non-motorized. Both ramps are located on the North Shore. Launching your vessel is free, but you’ll need to pass inspection to fish for the Quagga mussel, and you will also need to purchase a Lake Use Permit. Seasonal and day permits are available for purchase at all of Big Bear’s public and private marinas.
Pine Knot Marina
Every day is a good day on the water at Pine Knot Marina in The Village. Find your favorite way to play, with options galore for boating, fishing, cruising, and watersports. See the lake in comfort and style on a cruise aboard Miss Liberty. During the 90-minute narrated tour, you’ll hear fun facts and see amazing scenery while relaxing aboard a fully refurbished Skipperliner. Rent a fishing boat and venture into the coves, or take a pontoon for a group outing. An on-site bait and tackle shop is stocked with all you need for fishing and fun. Pine Knot Marina also offers kayaks, paddleboards, and Jet Skis, and hosts Big Bear Watersports School, offering expert instruction in wake sports. Boat & Jet Ski rentals: 909.633.7511 pineknotmarina.com pineknotmarina
Miss Liberty boat tour: 909.866.8129
GET ON THE LAKE
Big Bear Lake Marinas All marinas offer the following items and services: kayak, SUP, pontoon boat, fishing boat, and personal watercraft rentals; boat charters for water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing.
Camp by the Lake The U.S. Forest Service offers tent camping in its National Forest campgrounds. RV camping is also available in the valley. Call 800.424.4232 for more information on RV parks. BIG BEAR MARINA 500 Paine Ct. Big Bear Lake 909.866.3218 bigbearmarina.com
Public Boat Launch Ramps FOR MORE INFO, CALL THE MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT AT 909.866.5796. EAST BOAT RAMP 41911 North Shore Dr., Big Bear Lake, 909.866.5200 WEST BOAT RAMP 38925 North Shore Dr., Big Bear Lake, 909.866.2917
Top Boat Fishing Spots SPRING TO EARLY SUMMER (APRIL, MAY, JUNE) From Pine Knot Landing to Observatory and Gilner Point LATE SUMMER TO FALL (SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER) East of Windy Point towards Observatory
Top Shore Fishing Spots EARLY SUMMER (APRIL, MAY) Stanfield Cutoff and Juniper Point LATE SUMMER TO FALL (SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER) Between North Shore Landing and Observatory
SERVICES OFFERED • Fishing Charter • Lake Tours • Fishing License • Pro Shop • Snack Shop • Quagga Inspections • Launch Ramp • Lake Use Permits • Gas Dock • Boat Storage • Boat Maintenance HOLLOWAY’S MARINA & RV PARK 398 Edgemoor Rd. Big Bear Lake 909.866.5706 bigbearholloways marina.com SERVICES OFFERED • Fishing Charter • Lake Tours • Fishing License • Pro Shop • Snack Shop • Quagga Inspections • Launch Ramp • Lake Use Permits • Gas Dock • Boat Storage • Boat Maintenance
NORTH SHORE LANDING 38573 North Shore Dr. Big Bear Lake 909.878.4386 bigbearboating.com SERVICES OFFERED • Pro Shop • Slip Sales/Membership • Boat Storage
PLEASURE POINT MARINA, LLC 603 Landlock Landing Rd. Big Bear Lake 909.866.2455 pleasurepointmarina.net SERVICES OFFERED • Fishing Charter • Fishing License • Pro Shop • Snack Shop • Slip Sales/Membership • Quagga Inspections • Launch Ramp • Lake Use Permits • Gas Dock • Boat Storage • Boat Maintenance
PINE KNOT MARINE CENTER 439 Pine Knot Ave. Big Bear Lake 909.633.7511 pineknotmarina.com SERVICES OFFERED • Fishing Charter • Lake Tours • Fishing License • Pro Shop • Snack Shop • Slip Sales/Membership • Quagga Inspections • Launch Ramp • Lake Use Permits • Gas Dock • Decontamination Facility • Boat Storage • Boat Maintenance
#CAREFORBIGBEAR Fishing in Big Bear Lake has brought together friends and families to enjoy the beauty of our outdoors. Do your part to keep this tradition going strong by adhering to our fishing limits for bass (minimum size of 12” and daily bag limit of five), channel catfish (bag limit of 10), panfish (bag limit of 25), and trout (possession limit of five).
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Explore the lake aboard a charter boat.
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THE BOWLING BARN
Recently voted Big Bear Lake’s “Best Recreation Venue,” the Bowling Barn is a must on every trip to Big Bear. Bring the whole family for a day of bowling (check out the blacklight glow bowl!), have a meal at the Grill, enjoy the video arcade and billiards, and watch your favorite team play at Alley Oops Sports Bar. There’s always a party! 909.878.2695 bowlingbarn.com bowlingbarn
Big Bear Alpine Zoo
Founded in 1959, Big Bear Alpine Zoo is the only facility of its kind in the U.S. Situated at nearly 7,000 feet above sea level, the zoo serves as a rehabilitation facility for mountain and nearby communities. The dedicated zoo staff nurses sick or injured animals to health before releasing them back to the wild. Animals that are too injured or have lost their fear of humans have a permanent home here. 909.584.1299 bigbearzoo.org bigbearalpinezoo
HELICOPTER BIG BEAR
Soar above Big Bear Valley and the San Bernardino Mountains while taking in the stunning beauty on a scenic flight with Helicopter Big Bear. An activity like no other, your journey is sure to make memories that last a lifetime. 909.585.1200 helicopterbigbear.com helicopterbigbear heli_big_bear helicopterbigbear california
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Big Bear Pirate Ship
Avast, ye! Set sail on the Time Bandit from Holloway’s Marina for a uniquely entertaining lake cruise. Big Bear Lake’s only pirate ship promises a family-friendly good time. Daily tours April–October. 909.878.4386 800.448.5335 hollowaysmarina.com
This family-owned and operated outfitter was the first snowboard shop in Big Bear. Rent or buy gear for your skiing, snowboarding, hiking, or biking adventure, and find clothing and gifts for beginners to outdoor enthusiasts. 909.866.2728 goldsmithssports.com |
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Big Bear Escape Room
Choose your adventure! Use teamwork to solve clues and riddles and make your way through one of three uniquely themed rooms. It’s a challenging and fun way to experience a different side of Big Bear. 909.547.3447 bigbearescaperoom.com |
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Experience this attraction year-round and make lasting memories. Activities include 12 different themed rooms, including a children’s playroom, plus a gift shop and snack bar. Located in The Village, behind Amangela’s Sandwich & Bagel House. 909.878.0312 santalandbigbear.com santalandbigbear
This majestic alpine lake nestled among tall pines with incredible fishing is a water-lover’s paradise. Enjoy the scenery of Big Bear Lake by paddleboard or kayak, take a tour on the Big Bear Cruiser, or rent a pontoon or fishing boat. Walking distance to The Village. 909.866.3218 bigbearmarina.com | 30
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Action zipline, segway & More
Year-round adventure awaits at Action Zipline, Segway & More! Clip-in and zipline through the towering pine tree forest, glide your way by Segway, or take in the incredible views and fresh mountain air by snowshoe or on a guided hike. Fun for ages eight and older. 909.866.0390 actiontourscalifornia.com |
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Big Bear Jeep Experience
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Whether you like wakeboarding, wakeskating, waterskiing, tubing, Jet Skiing, or a lake tour, Designated Wakesports has your lake adventure covered. Expert coaching is available.
Experience the thrill of driving a Big Bear Jeep while learning about the history of the area and off-road Jeep techniques. Treks are geared to all ages and operate year-round.
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GET THE MOST OF YOUR GETAWAY WITH AN ITINERARY FOR EVERY KIND OF TRAVELER.
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Nature Lover’s Delight
EXPERIENCE PRISTINE NATURE ALL YEAR LONG IN SOCAL’S ALPINE PARADISE.
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IG BEAR VALLEY is Southern California’s favorite outdoor destination for a good reason. In fact, several good reasons, starting with the huge variety of fun-packed activities that can be enjoyed in every season.
Opposite: Go exploring with the pooch at Big Bear Lake; 1: Find your view on the trails of Big Bear; 2: Catch sights of of the area’s majestic bald eagles.
NATURALLY DISTANT TRAILS; towering forests home to majestic bald eagles; Lush meadows inviting you to frolic; soaring mountains that are calling your name. Plan an early morning trek on the Pacific Crest Trail for unbeatable views, or immerse yourself in Big Bear’s winter wilderness on a snowshoe hike. Action Zipline, Segway & More guides you on scenic trails that are off-limits to skiers and snowboarders — you may even see a few critters frolicking in the snow along the way. Spring brings the wildflower superbloom, including delicate belly plants that are found only in Big Bear. Book a guided wildflower hike through Big Bear Discovery Center to experience this spectacular infusion of color up close. (Make sure to stay on designated trails to preserve the wildflowers for everyone to enjoy!) The alpine habitat is home to a variety of rare (and sometimes downright adorable) wildlife. There’s a good chance you’ll spot some animals during your stay here, but few sights are as majestic as Big Bear’s wintering bald eagles. If you don’t spot these magnificent birds in the wild, you can still catch a glimpse of Jackie and Shadow, the valley’s celebrity eagle couple, on their very own live feed. To watch the feed, visit
bigbear.com and search “Jackie and Shadow.” The natural beauty of Big Bear Lake in the summer is irresistible. Rent kayaks or paddleboards at North Shore Landing for a tranquil early morning paddle, hop aboard the Big Bear Cruzer at Big Bear Marina for a shaded tour of the waters, or enjoy an elegant and leisurely sunset cruise on the double-decker Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Tour Boat. Round out your day in the outdoors with a trip across the culinary globe at #CAREFORBIGBEAR Royal Thai Café, an Keep wildlife wild! Big Bear inviting bistro servis their home, too, so make ing curry and noodle sure to give animals lots of dishes, and Dynasty, space to enjoy our natural a cozy spot offering paradise. And while it may traditional Chinese be tempting to feed or cuisine. Or warm up play with any animals you with some Indian might encounter, wildlife — curries at Himalayan especially baby critters — Restaurant. thrive when left alone.
BIG BEAR’S NATURAL SCENES ARE A SLICE OF HEAVEN ON EARTH FOR THE KIDS — AND THE KIDS AT HEART. #CAREFORBIGBEAR
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START YOUR FAMILY ADVENTURE at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, which feature 42 ski runs catering to all skill levels. If the youngsters need a little instruction, sign up for ski and snowboard lessons at Adventure Academy, located at the base of both resorts. A simple “step-up” fitting ensures your kids get the right gear, and you can cheer them on from the viewing deck. Craving more thrills? Open year-round, The Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain offers non-stop excitement with a water slide, go-kart racing, mini-golf, arcade — and of course, the alpine slide. Ride up to the
start of the course on a chairlift, then race your way down the quarter-mile track on a two-seater bobsled. Day or night, Big Bear Snowplay is the best spot for some good, old-fashioned tubing. The covered “magic carpet” lift makes it easy to enjoy endless runs — perfect for kids with endless energy. Need a break from the snow? Climb your way to the top on the 6,400-square-foot Ropes Course, or switch gears during the warmer seasons when the winter attraction transforms into Big Bear Speedway with high-throttle gokart racing.
BIG BEAR BOWLING BARN Challenge the tykes to a game of bowling, play classic video games in the arcade, or go ice skating on the outdoor ice rink during the winter. (Tip: Stay up past bedtime for a dazzling round of night-time glow bowling.)
All in the Family
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1: Race your kids down the mountain for some snowy fun; 2: Explore like the pioneers at Baldwin Lake Stables & Petting Zoo; 3: Take a thrill ride at Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain; 4: Hunt for clues on an outdoor scavenger hunt with Urban Adventure Quest; 5: Shred the slopes on a sled; 6: Hiking time is family bonding time in Big Bear.
Travel back to pioneering times at Gold Rush Mining Adventure to pan for gold, collect gems and crystals, and discover other treasures. Solve mysteries as your family races to beat the clock at Mountain Room Escapes, or scavenge for clues on a fun, smart phone–guided outdoor quest at Urban Adventure Quest. Want to celebrate the holiday season all year long? At Santa Land Big Bear, it’s Christmas every day. Experience the story of St. Nick across 12 themed rooms, and take a selfie with the jolly man himself, a life-sized superhero, or an 8-foot grizzly bear. Of course, no trip to Big Bear is complete without some outdoor exploration. Rent bicycles for the whole family at Goldsmith’s Sports and cruise the Alpine Pedal Path, a paved out-and-back trail that runs along Big Bear Lake’s scenic north shore, or hoof it on horseback at Baldwin Lake Stables & Petting Zoo. Live on the wild side at Big Bear Alpine Zoo, where your kids will marvel at sights of grizzly bears, mountain lions, bald eagles, and more local wildlife. When a sweet pick-me-up is in order, Sister My Sister Bake Shop hits the spot with its fluffy sticky buns, cupcakes, sandwich cookies, and other baked goodies. Or celebrate your family getaway with dinner at Stillwell’s Restaurant. The eatery mixes traditional fare with modern California cuisine that’s sure to please sophisticated palates as well as the pickiest eaters.
Grab a sweet treat at Sister My Sister Bake Shop.
TREAT YOUR POOCH TO A WELL-DESERVED VACATION IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS. Big Bear Lake is one of the pet-friendliest destinations in Southern California, and visitors are encouraged to bring their well-behaved puppers of all shapes and sizes along for the adventure. Take your four-legged companion on a walk in the woods for some explorative sniffing, or check out the Bark Park at Meadow Park or Erwin Lake Park to meet other furry friends.
local voices “The Goldsmith family made their way into Big Bear in the 1940s, and what brought them here long ago is what keeps us here today: the small-town feel, our four seasons, the easy access to nature. It’s up to all of us to responsibly adventure in this mountain gem. Care For Big Bear is a tool to positively educate everyone sharing our outdoor spaces, serving our common goal to preserve Big Bear for future generations.” – Danielle Goldsmith, owner of Goldsmith’s Sports
READY TO GET YOUR ADRENALINE FLOWING? HIT THE SLOPES, MAKE WAVES, OR GO OFF-ROADING WHILE PRESERVING BIG BEAR’S OUTDOOR PLAYGROUND. THE KEY TO A STELLAR ADVENTURE is preparation. Start your morning with a loaded bagel sandwich from Amangela’s Bagel & Sandwich Shop or a huge order of pancakes, eggs, and bacon at Country Kitchen, then head over to Goldsmith’s Sports to pick up the essentials for skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing as well as tips on local spots and hidden gems. If you’re an experienced ripper, take advantage of the store’s expert boot-fitting; if you’re a beginner, the helpful staff will get you set up to enjoy your snowy expedition. Once you’re ready, it’s time to take on the mountains. Covering 400-plus acres, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain pair spectacular views with some of the best shredding opportunities in SoCal. And after the sun sets, catch some more air under the stars with night sessions at Snow Summit. If going downhill on two wheels is more your speed, then Big Bear’s 100-plus miles of cross-country and technical mountain bike trails will get your heart pumping. Tackle jumps and berms, traverse single track and double blackdiamond trails, or take a chairlift to the top of Snow Summit and traverse down the 1,200 feet of vertical drop at Summit Bike Park. For the water lovers, Big Bear Lake provides plenty of space to make a splash during the summer. 1
1: Grab your paddleboards and hit the lake; 2: Catch some sunrays by the water with the pooch; Opposite: Hit the (off)road for a thrilling ride with Big Bear Jeep Experience.
Race across the water with the expert instructors at Big Bear Watersports School. Offering one-hour, three-hour, and six-hour packages, the charter boat service provides rip-roaring thrills with wakeboarding, waterskiing, tubing, and more. Or coast at your own pace and rent a Jet Ski at Pine Knot Marina for an exhilarating ride. Prefer taking the wheel yourself? Big Bear Jeep Experience delivers maximum thrills with minimal environmental impact during guided off-road excursions into the wilderness. Or take to the skies aboard Helicopter Big Bear. Tour the valley on a quick sevenminute flyover or explore the vast mountain range on a breathtaking 45-minute aerial journey. (Tip: Fly during autumn to enjoy spectacular fall colors.) For something a little closer to the ground, Action Zipline, Segway & More has you covered. Fly through the forests on nine high-speed ziplines and clamber across a suspension bridge to experience the mountain terrain from among the treetops. After all of your adventuring, it’s important to settle back down to earth with some good grub. Nosh on Mexican cuisine and classic margaritas on the outdoor patio of Hacienda Bar and Grill, or cap off your day with a burrito, beer, and rockin’ live music at The Cave.
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Nothing beats quality time spent with yourself, so skip the traffic and crowds with a midweek getaway. You’ll have more room to roam, parking will be easier, and your Big Bear neighbors will be grateful for the quieter weekend.
The scenic surroundings in Big Bear offer a peaceful spot for reflection in every season.
LEAVE YOUR WORRIES BEHIND AS YOU ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS. FIND YOUR CHILL IN BIG BEAR WITH ACTIVITIES THAT SOOTHE THE MIND AND BODY.
A MINI YOGA RETREAT is a refreshing way to decompress. Practice asanas from your cabin porch, set up a mat on the sandy lakeside beach at Meadow Park, or pick up a day pass at The Fitness Source and take an invigorating hatha or vinyasa yoga class. Recharge the mind-body connection in Big Bear’s inspiring natural setting. Settle in for low-stakes recreation at high altitudes with a round of golf at Bear Mountain Golf Course’s scenic nine-hole course, or clear your head during a long walk or easy run on the picturesque Alpine Pedal Path. Treat your senses to the splendor of a sunrise hike on any of the local trails. Cougar Crest Trail and Castle Rock Trail are two of the most popular hikes in the area, but many trails offer plenty of space for natural distancing. There’s no such thing as a bad day of fishing at Big Bear Lake. Stop by Big Bear Sporting Goods to stock up on bait and tackle, then rent a fishing boat or pontoon at Holloway’s Marina. A fishing novice? Let the expert anglers at Fish Big Bear Charter Service guide you as they take you on a family-friendly excursion to the best fishing spots. Or simply enjoy the lake’s calm bays with some gentle kayaking and paddleboarding — you can rent gear at Paddles and Pedals. Big Bear’s winter landscape is ideal for finding some solitude. Rent snowshoes and gear at Goldsmith’s Sports before venturing to Towne Trail for a solo hike in fresh powder, or lift your spirits with the sight of snowy peaks as you ascend on the Sky Chair at Snow Summit. Unwind with some retail therapy in The Village at Big Bear Lake, home to specialty stores and boutiques. Feeling crafty? Head to Yarn Designers Boutique. Afterwards, you can enjoy outdoor dining by the firepits at Captain’s Anchorage, or opt for cocktails with a view at The Pines Lakefront.
WE LOVE DOGS! Every dog has its day in pet-friendly Big Bear. Tag #VisitBigBear on your best pooch pics on Instagram.
WHEN IN DOUBT, JUST B.A.R.K. BAG IT UP: Pick up after Fido while adventuring and dispose of waste in the nearest garbage bin.
RESPECT WILDLIFE: Encounters with wild animals can be dangerous for your pet. Using a leash keeps curious canines out of harm’s way. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Check leash restrictions and whether pets are allowed before you head to a park or trail.
ALWAYS LEASH YOUR PET: Keeping your pet on a leash preserves trails while ensuring your dog’s safety in the wilderness.
The ahi tuna burger at Big Bear Lake Brewing Company
DYNASTY 40989 Big Bear Blvd., 909.866.7887, bigbeardynasty.com Lunch, Dinner HACIENDA BAR AND GRILL 41787 Big Bear Blvd., 909.866.8667, haciendagrill.net Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dine Your Way
HIMALAYAN RESTAURANT 672 Pine Knot Ave., 909.878.3068, himalayanbigbear.com Lunch, Dinner OLD COUNTRY INN 41126 Big Bear Blvd.,909.866.5600, oldcountryinnrestaurant.com Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
THE PINES LAKEFRONT 350 Alden Rd., 909.866.5400, thepineslakefront.com Lunch, Dinner
Bites Around Big Bear Fuel up with delicious eats at Big Bear’s restaurants. Pet Friendly |
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AMANGELA’S SANDWICH AND BAGEL HOUSE 40729 Village Dr., Unit 1, 909.878.0015, amangelas.com Breakfast, Lunch
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AMERICAN IRON RESTAURANT & BAR AT THE CAVE 40789 Village Dr., 909.878.0204, thecavebigbear.com Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner THE BARNSTORM RESTAURANT 501 W. Valley Blvd., 909.585.9339, c Barnstorm Restaurant BigBear Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner BIG BEAR BAR & GRILL 42164 Moonridge Way, 909.878.0802, bigbearbarandgrill.com Lunch, Dinner
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BIG BEAR LAKE BREWING COMPANY 40827 Stone Rd., 909.878.0283, bblbc.com Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner THE BONE YARD BAR AND GRILL 560 Pine Knot Ave., 909.878.0401, theboneyardbarandgrill.com Lunch, Dinner CAPTAIN’S ANCHORAGE 42148 Moonridge Way, 909.866.3997, captainsanchorage.com Dinner COUNTRY KITCHEN 39904 Big Bear Blvd., 909.878.0364, countrykitchenrestaurants.com Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
THE PINES TAVERN ON THE LAKE 370 Alden Rd., 909.866.5400, thepinestavernbigbear.com Lunch, Dinner ROYAL THAI CAFÉ 40766 Village Dr., 909.866.2808, royalthaicafebigbear.com Lunch, Dinner SANTANA & MAVERICKS 40771 Big Bear Blvd., 909.878.0047, santanamavericksbarandgrill.com Lunch, Dinner SISTER MY SISTER BAKE SHOP 40191 Big Bear Blvd., 909.878.0878, sistermysisterbakeshop.com Breakfast, Lunch STILLWELLS RESTAURANT 40650 Village Dr., 909.866.3121, stillwellsrestaurant.com Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner WYATT’S GRILL & SALOON 42900 Big Bear Blvd., 909.585.3000, bigbearevents.com/wyatts Lunch, Dinner
SHOW SOME LOVE TO LOCAL RESTAURANTS OFFERING TAKEOUT, DELIVERY, AND OUTDOOR DINING. TAKEOUT AND DELIVERY: Eat in the comfort of your own home away from home. Call ahead to grab your meal to go, or get it delivered from participating restaurants at bigbeartakeout. com. OUTDOOR DINING: Pair your meal with mountain views and a breath of fresh air. From spacious patios to streetside dining, many restaurants now provide outdoor seating.
THE CAPTAIN'S ANCHORAGE Built in 1947, and originally named the Sportsman’s Tavern, this history-clad bar and restaurant is a true Old West experience, serving up an exceptional steakhouse and seafood menu. Opened by Hollywood character actor Andy Devine, this landmark quickly became a gathering place for celebrities, locals, and visitors alike. To this day you’ll find the warm welcome remains, and don’t be surprised if the bartender remembers your favorite drink after one visit. There’s even a friendly ghost named George, who worked as the tavern’s accountant during the backroom gambling days. If you’re lucky, you might just run into him. Private event space available. 909.866.3997 captainsanchorage.com captainsanchorage
Santana & Mavericks
With a menu of Mexican, American, and Italian specialties plus vegan options, it’s one of the best places to go in Big Bear for delicious variety. Enjoy gorgeous views with outdoor seating. 909.878.0047 santanamavericksbarandgrill.com santana-mavericks santanamavericks
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Elegant cuisine and inventive cocktails are served in a stylish, relaxing atmosphere. Located at The Lodge at Big Bear Lake. 909.866.3121 stillwellsrestaurant.com stillwells stillwellsbigbear
Your go-to spot for home cooking and comfort food in Big Bear. Everything served here is fresh and delicious, from breakfast all day to burgers and dinner platters. Located at 39904 Big Bear Blvd., just a mile from the Village. 909.878.0364 countrykitchenrestaurants.com ckbigbearlake
The Pines Lakefront
Newly redecorated to honor the history of this lakeside gem, The Pines Lakefront is a trip back in time to the “good old days.” With a menu including wild game, fresh seafood, artisan breads, and other specialities, the restaurant can pair your meal with one of the onsite cellar’s fine wines from around the world. 909.866.5400 thepineslakefront.com
HIMALAYAN RESTAURANT Royal Thai Bistro
A taste of Thailand located in the heart of The Village. Enjoy regional Thai dishes and specialties made with fresh, locally grown or sourced ingredients. 909.866.2808 royalthaicafebigbear.com royalthaicafe
Sample the flavors of Nepal, Tibet, and northern India in Big Bear Lake. Curries, clay-oven-roasted tandoori entrées, Mo-Mo, and other delights are served at this healthy and delicious spot in The Village. 909.878.3068 himalayanbigbear.com himalayanrestaurant
Enjoy a glass of wine in a cozy setting in The Village. Barrel 33 offers a variety of red, white, and sparkling wines from California vineyards by the glass or bottle, along with local craft beers and light bites for a relaxing time. 909.878.0838 barrel33bigbear.com | 44
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Drinks All Around Make a toast to your time in the mountains at Big Bear’s bars, breweries, and tasting rooms. BY ALEJANDRA SARAGOZA
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AFTER SKIING DOWN SNOW-DUSTED SLOPES, kayaking on shimmering waters, or traversing scenic hiking trails, you’ll be ready to unwind with a drink in hand. Whether you’re in need of a cocktail, an ice-cold craft brew, or a glass of vino — with takeout, delivery, and outdoor seating options — here are the best spots to quench your thirst in Big Bear. BARREL 33 Sip the day away at this trendy wine bar. The tasting room pours more than 100 California vinos, including small-batch boutique wines from the Central Coast and Southern California, plus distinct vintages from the highest-altitude commercial vineyard and winery in the northern hemisphere. BIG BEAR BAR & GRILL At the newest bar on the block, the drinks are only the start of your experience. Pair libations with familyfriendly entertainment that includes live music and karaoke, horseshoe pits, pool tables, and more.
HACIENDA BAR AND GRILL This buzzy restaurant serves up inventive craft cocktails alongside delicious Mexican fare. Swing by in the morning to cure what ails you with one of the bar’s two martinis, embrace the resort life with a tropical Mai Tai, or close the evening with a chile-laced watermelon Cadillac margarita.
BIG BEAR LAKE BREWING COMPANY The spacious brewery offers everything from full-bodied stouts and malty porters to vibrant pilsners and hoppy IPAs — all brewed on-site. CAPTAIN’S ANCHORAGE Once owned by cowboy actor Andy Devine, this rustic watering hole serves up beer, wine, and cocktails along with a storied history that includes a mischievous ghost named George. OLD COUNTRY INN The Old West meets boozy excellence at this downhome restaurant. Drink your fill with a menu of mimosas, margaritas, and some of the best Bloody Marys you’ll ever try. THE PINES TAVERN ON THE LAKE It doesn’t get much better than sipping a dirty martini or flute of champagne while overlooking the shimmering lake encompassed by majestic mountains.
From gorgeous outdoor patios to takeout and delivery options, there are so many ways to take in the splendor of our valley while drinking responsibly, including designating a driver and skipping the plastic by bringing your own metal straws and a cloth or paper bag for reuse. BIGBEAR.COM
at Best Western Big Bear Chateau. Planning to send out a lot of invitations? The Lodge at Big Bear Lake, a Holiday Inn Resort can safely and comfortably accommodate your entire party. For something more intimate, consider a garden ceremony at Apples Bed & Breakfast Inn, a lovely gazebo wedding at Bear Creek Resort, or a fairytale setting at Castle Wood Cottages. Enjoy a rustic, cabinthemed wedding at Grey Squirrel Resort, or get married in style at one of Grey Squirrel’s luxury vacation properties: Edgewood Mansion and Vacation in the Village. Make some waves with a wedding on the water — literally. Make it a wedding to remember in SoCal’s Treat your guests outdoor paradise. BY CASEY CANTRELL to the spectacular scenery of Big YOU’VE SAID YES. Now you’re ready to say Bear Lake as you and your future spouse “I do.” As you look ahead to your special exchange your vows aboard the charming day, make it truly magical in one of the Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Tour Boat. most beautiful places in the world. From And of course, no wedding would be gorgeous lakeshore to snowcapped peaks to complete without some great cuisine. Give tranquil forests, Big Bear offers picturesque, your wedding the gourmet touch with A naturally distanced venues for you and your Gourmet Personal Chef, as Chef Allan guests to celebrate your wedding. delights your guests with a customized Take your nuptials into the great outdoors menu of Michelin-caliber fare. And save at Big Bear Mountain Resort, where you’ll room for dessert from Sister My Sister be surrounded by gorgeous mountains, Bake Shop, which will customize the perfect or walk down the aisle among the trees wedding cake for you.
Romantic Getaway Celebrate your love with an enchanting mountain escape for two. With plenty of beautiful, wide-open spaces, Big Bear is the best spot to enjoy some quality one-on-one time with that special someone. Start your happily ever after with an alpine honeymoon, mark an anniversary on the slopes of Snow Summit, or treat your sweetheart to a spontaneous weekday trip.
WEDDINGS & EVENTS
The Pines Lakefront Celebrate your special occasion or big event lakeside surrounded by stunning mountain views at the charming Pines Lakefront. 909.866.5400 thepineslakefront.com
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Where to Stay Big Bear Lake has a variety of lodging options. For more details, visit bigbear.com/places-to-stay. BED AND BREAKFAST Experience a gourmet breakfast every morning at Big Bear’s B&Bs, with luxe amenities including spa tubs and in-room massages.
HOSTELS Stay on a budget at European-style lodging. Hostels feature communal settings and provide a great opportunity to meet like-minded adventurers.
CONDOMINIUMS AND TOWNHOMES From lakeside lodging to resort housing, Big Bear’s condominiums and townhouses offer full kitchens and separate living and sleeping areas, making them ideal for extended stays.
HOTELS, MOTELS, AND LODGES Find the best in lodging for all styles and budgets. Amenities range from full kitchens to free Wi-Fi and game rooms.
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GROUP LODGING Planning a wedding, family reunion, or business retreat in the near future? Take the hassle out of your accommodations and set up your entire party with a variety of lodging options at hotels, lodges, and resort cabins.
RESORT CABINS Enjoy a storybook setting at a rustic resort cabin, perfect for time away with the family.
local voices “We’re happy to welcome you to our beautiful home. Our valley is an exceptional place where fun is had and great memories are made. Explore our forests, hike our mountains, or enjoy a leisurely day on the lake — my personal favorite. And while you’re here, take care to respect our environment, our residents, and your fellow visitors to preserve this natural paradise for years to come.” – Frank Rush, City Manager, Big Bear Lake
VACATION HOMES Plan a getaway with a huge selection of private homes and cabins.
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At Visit Big Bear, we know a big part of what makes our mountain retreat so special is our remarkable sense of community — and we invite you to join in that community spirit. Respect our Big Bear neighbors by picking up after yourself, observing property lines, and watching the volume after 10 p.m.
Welcome, Neighbor! BE A KIND VISITOR AND FOLLOW THESE RENTAL RULES.
Be Our Guest Discover your home away from home with a beautiful, relaxing place that’s perfect for you and your family.
Protect yourself and your neighbors and park your car on the driveway or in the garage, not on the street or unpaved surfaces. Reduce the crowds and adhere to your rental’s posted maximum occupancy, including during the daytime.
Big Bear Cool Cabins
Does your rental come with a Jacuzzi? Nice! But keep an eye on the clock — use of outdoor spas and Jacuzzis is not allowed between 10 p.m.–7 a.m.
Vintage Lakeside Inn
Preserve the peace and quiet of the mountains for everyone to enjoy! Play music at an appropriate volume.
Dog's Day Out
Your pooch deserves a vacation, too! Big Bear Lake has many pet-friendly lodging options so your four-legged friend can enjoy the great outdoors. Visit bigbear.com and search “pet friendly” to find out more.
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WHERE TO STAY
Resort Town Rentals
The mountains are calling! Experience the Big Bear vibe in one of Savvy Bears’ beautiful cabins and chalets. Find yourself surrounded by chic decor, modern amenities, and gorgeous natural scenery. savvybears.com 760.490.1762 savvy_bears
This boutique, family-owned company offers cabins, condominiums, and vacation homes with lovely views and welcome amenities, plus topnotch service to match. 909.878.0119 resorttownrentals.com
Elevate your mountain getaway. Newly remodeled midcentury design features high-quality linens, fireplace, BBQ, and outdoor decks. Set on quiet, dead-end street across from the lake, walking distance to the village and a five-minute drive to Big Bear Mountain Resort. airbnb.com/h/cozycabinita |
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Big Bear Cool Cabins
With a prime location and a variety of rental options and amenities year-round, Big Bear Cool Cabins lives up to its name. Your great vacation begins with a cozy cabin, lakefront lodge, or spacious chalet. Many rentals offer amenities such as hot tub and pool table, and you can even opt for a pet-friendly cabin for your four-legged companions. Discover why Big Bear Cool Cabins has been voted “Best of Big Bear” for four years running. 909.866.7374 bigbearcoolcabins.com bigbearcoolcabins
WHERE TO STAY
Robinhood Resort This family-owned and operated resort in The Village offers 60 rooms, many with fireplaces and in-room spas, as well as home rentals. Dine at the resort’s restaurant and bar, and stroll to shopping, entertainment, parks, and the marina. 909.866.4643 800.990.9956 robinhoodresorts.com robinhoodresort resortrobinhood
Specializing in luxury vacation rentals, WowRentals is a boutique provider of sensational vacation estates in Big Bear Lake. With 50 luxury properties on offer, WowRentals treats guests to high quality accommodations with upscale amenities on the mountain, along with personalized and dedicated customer service. 909.366.5525 wowrentals.com wowrentals wowrentalsbigbear
BLACK FOREST LODGE AND SPA CABINS
Located between The Village and Snow Summit, Black Forest Lodge has been a Bavarian treasure in Big Bear for more than 40 years. Enjoy the year-round outdoor spa and seasonal pool as well as rooms with private spas and chalets for families. 909.866.2166 blackforestlodge.com |
Castle Wood Cottages
Castle Wood Cottages makes your Big Bear getaway magical with themed cottages that evoke a fairy tale setting. Be one with nature in the Enchanted Forest. Step back in time in the moody Haunted Manor. Live like royalty in the Castle Garden, a two-story abode with a moat and waterfall. Amenities such as Jacuzzi and wood-burning fireplace blend into the décor and make your stay even more special. 909.866.2720 | castlewoodcottages.com | 52
WHERE TO STAY
California Mountain Rentals
Lagonita Lodge Set on Big Bear Lake’s south shore, Lagonita Lodge offers spacious condominium-style lodging and access to year-round recreation. Amenities such as heated indoor pool and a variety of activities ensure that everyone has a great time.
Your property is their priority. Offering hands-on vacation rental management and homes for rent. Personal, attentive service is in everything from check-in and housekeeping services to 24/7 emergency contact. 909.415.1009 camountainrentals.com
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A central location makes Hillcrest Lodge a family-friendly (and dog-friendly!) place to stay. Choose from charming rooms, suites outfitted with kitchen and woodburning fireplace, or one of their two cozy cabins for a romantic getaway. Go hiking at nearby Aspen Glen or walk to Alpine Slide and Big Bear Mountain Brewery. 909.866.7730 hillcrestlodge.com |
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Big Bear Frontier
The Lodge at Big Bear Lake
The perfect jumping-off point for your Big Bear getaway. Boasting an outdoor pool and spa, Stillwell’s Restaurant and Lounge, and Big Bear Conference Center. 909.866.3121 thelodgeatbigbearlake.com |
Cozy lakefront cabins and hotel rooms nestled in the pines, are just a short walk to dining and shopping in The Village. Pets are welcome! 909.866.5888 big-bear-cabins.com bigbearfrontier
Vintage Lakeside Inn
Lake views, rustic-chic lodgings, and an unbeatable location just a few blocks from The Village and famed ski resorts nearby make Vintage Lakeside Inn an idyllic place to stay and play year-round. 909.866.4978 vintagelakesideinn.com vintagelakesideinn
YEAR-ROUND • Keep our roads clear of trash — litter can create dangerous conditions for other drivers. • Never throw lit cigarettes out of your car. • Tune in to FM 93.3 or visit quickmap.dot.ca.gov for road and traffic updates. WINTER • Drive cautiously and prepare for icy conditions on the roads. • Carry chains from Novem ber to March; install chains on drive wheels. • Fill up your gas tank before you venture into the mountains.
How To Get Here
No matter where you’re coming from, all roads lead to Big Bear Lake. VIA HWY. 330/HWY. 18 FROM LOS ANGELES AND ORANGE COUNTIES: From I-10 East, merge onto I-210 West at Redlands, then exit on Hwy. 330 in Highland. Merge onto Hwy. 18 in Running Springs and follow to Big Bear Lake.
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ALTERNATIVE ROUTE FROM I-10 TO HWY. 38: Head east on I-10 to Orange St. exit in Redlands. Continue straight for one block to the second stoplight at Orange St. and turn left. Turn right onto Hwy. 38/Lugonia Ave. Follow Hwy. 38 to the mountains. ALTERNATIVE ROUTE FROM I-210 TO HWY. 18: Take I-210 East to Waterman Ave. North exit in San Bernardino. Turn left at Waterman Ave. North/Hwy. 18. Take Hwy. 18 to Big Bear Lake. VIA HWY. 330 OR HWY. 38 FROM SAN DIEGO COUNTY: Take I-15 North to I-215 North. Stay on I-215 North at the 60 West/215 North merger, then merge onto I-10 East. Follow previous directions for either Hwy. 330 or Hwy. 38.
FROM THE HIGH DESERT TO HWY. 18: Take I-15 to Victorville. Exit at Bear Valley Rd. East to Lucerne Valley and keep right on Hwy. 18 to head south towards Big Bear Lake.
SUMMER • Use your car’s A/C sparingly to prevent engine overheating. • Carry plenty of water.
FROM LAS VEGAS TO HWY. 18: Take I-15 South to Hwy. 247 South (through Barstow). Take Hwy. 247 to Lucerne Valley. After two stop signs, turn left onto Hwy. 18 toward Big Bear Lake.
Getting Around Town
HOP ON THE BUS. Save a drive and catch a ride with Mountain Transit. Call 909.878.5200 for Dial-A-Ride reservations or visit mountaintransit.org for route information.
#CAREFORBIGBEAR Help everyone arrive safely and on time by using turnouts to keep traffic flowing smoothly. And remember, east is least! During peak travel times, Hwy. 38 through Redlands is the fastest route to and from Big Bear. BIGBEAR.COM
Big Bear Lake
LEGEND State Highways
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Bear Pirate Ship is a 1/3 scale replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon. First seen in the 1981 film Time Bandits, the ship now serves as a lake touring attraction. bigbearhollowaysmarina.com BIG BEAR SNOW PLAY & ROPES COURSE Experience the thrill of snow tubing down Southern CA’s largest tubing hill, plus glow tubing on Friday, Saturday, and holiday nights! Don’t miss the Big Bear Ropes Course, which offers 37 obstacles on a towering two-level course. bigbearsnowplay.com BIG BEAR SPEEDWAY & ROPES COURSE Reach speeds up to 30 mph in a SODI-RT8 Kart on a Grand Prix–style racetrack featuring hairpin turns and s-curves, or go on an aerial adventure on our challenging Ropes Course. bigbearsnowplay.com EASTERBY AND ASSOCIATES KELLER WILLIAMS The local choice for all of your Big Bear real estate needs. From family retreats to investment properties, Easterby and Associates provides more than 34 years of combined experience with a lifelong knowledge of mountain living. bigbearrealtors.com
Explore the Town
From dining to shopping to things to do, here’s your guide to local businesses. ALPINE SLIDE AT MAGIC MOUNTAIN Year-round family fun! Alpine Slide is Southern CA’s only authentic bobsled experience. In winter, go tubing down slopes; in summer, cool off on the double waterslide. Plus: mini golf, go-karts, and arcade. alpineslidebigbear.com BIG BEAR DISCOUNT No shopping spree is complete without a stop at Big Bear Discount. Peruse unique souvenirs and keepsakes, including stained glass, custom apparel, key chains, and more. bigbeardiscount.com
BIG BEAR JEEP EXPERIENCE Take a ride you’ll never forget through Big Bear’s beautiful backcountry. Big Bear Jeep Experience puts you behind the wheel of a Jeep 4X4. Follow the guide vehicle that will help you navigate thrilling trails and terrain on some of Southern California’s top-rated off-roading routes. bigbearjeepexperience.com BIG BEAR PIRATE SHIP Set sail aboard ye olde Pirate Ship and plunder the seven miles of Big Bear Lake! Big
HOLLOWAY’S MARINA & RV PARK Holloway’s Marina & RV Park features pontoon boat rentals, fishing boats, kayaks and paddleboards, and Jet Skis. Wakeboard and water ski driver and equipment are available for hire. bigbearhollowaysmarina.com PLEASURE POINT MARINA Make your summer day on the lake one to remember. Choose from a variety of rentals to accommodate your fishing trip, kayak excursion, paddleboard session, pontoon party, or peddle boat outing. Repair services are also available for personal watercraft. pleasurepointmarina.net WYATT’S GRILL & SALOON Bring the whole family to Wyatt’s. Find ample seating that’s ideal for large groups, delicious food, a full bar, cornhole, and a huge dance floor. Enjoy country dancing on Wednesdays and live music every Friday and Saturday nights. bigbearevents.com/wyatts
BIG BEAR VISITORS BUREAU
Take a stroll through The Village at Big Bear.
AMANGELA’S SANDWICH & BAGEL HOUSE 909.878.0015, amangelas.com AMERICAN IRON RESTAURANT & BAR AT THE CAVE 909.878.0204, thecavebigbear.com THE BARNSTORM RESTAURANT 909.585.9339, c Barnstorm Restaurant BigBear
WYATT’S GRILL & SALOON 909.585.3000, bigbearevents.com/wyatts
A GOURMET PERSONAL CHEF 909.827.4558, chefallan.net
BIG BEAR BAR & GRILL 909.878.0802, bigbearbarandgrill.com
BENDING ENERGY PHOTOGRAPHY 909.633.7810, bendingenergy.com
BIG BEAR LAKE BREWING COMPANY 909.878.0283, bblbc.com
BIG BEAR AIRPORT 909.585.3219, flybigbear.com
THE BONE YARD BAR & GRILL 909.878.0401, theboneyardbarandgrill.com
BIG BEAR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 909.866.4607, bigbearchamber.com
CAPTAIN’S ANCHORAGE 909.866.3997, captainsanchorage.com
BIG BEAR GUIDE 951.283.9442, bigbearguide.com
COUNTRY KITCHEN 909.878.0364, countrykitchenrestaurants.com
BIG BEAR LAKE CONVENTION CENTER 909.585.3000, bigbearevents.com
DYNASTY 909.866.7887, bigbeardynasty.com
BIG BEAR NOW 909.866.3456, bigbeargrizzly.net
HACIENDA BAR & GRILL 909.866.8667, haciendagrill.net
BIG BEAR TODAY MAGAZINE 909.585.5533, bigbeartodaymag.com
HIMALAYAN RESTAURANT 909.878.3068, himalayanbigbear.com
BIG BEAR VISITOR CENTER 800.424.4232, bigbear.com
OLD COUNTRY INN 909.866.5600, oldcountryinnrestaurant.com
THE DOCK CLUB AT PINE KNOT LANDING 909.866.6463, pineknotmarina.com
THE PINES LAKEFRONT 909.866.5400, thepineslakefront.com
GRAPHICS DESIGNED INK SIGNS & PRINTING 909.878.0899, graphicsdesignedink.com
THE PINES TAVERN ON THE LAKE 909.866.5400, thepinestavernbigbear.com
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STILLWELLS RESTAURANT 909.866.3121, stillwellsrestaurant.com
ROYAL THAI CAFÉ 909.866.2808, royalthaicafebigbear.com
JAIME WOLCOTT EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS 909.866.8422, edwardjones.com/us-en/ financial-advisor/jamie-wolcott
SANTANA & MAVERICKS 909.878.0047, santanamavericksbarandgrill.com
MOUNTAIN TRANSIT & BIG BEAR TROLLEY 909.878.5200, mountaintransit.org
SISTER MY SISTER BAKE SHOP 909.878.0878, sistermysisterbakeshop.com
OPEN AIR BIG BEAR openairbigbear.com
PINE KNOT MARINE CENTER 909.866.6463, pineknotmarina.com
BIGBEARREALESTATE.COM – RE/MAX BIG BEAR 909.547.7550, bigbearrealestate.com EASTERBY AND ASSOCIATES KELLER WILLIAMS BIG BEAR 909.375.0081, easterbyandassociates.com JANE BRAYTON MOUNTAIN LAKE PROPERTIES 909.915.4980, bigbearpropertylist.com LISHA JORDAN, KELLER WILLIAMS BIG BEAR 909.379.8968, buyselllovebigbear.com MIKE DOLAN & ASSOCIATES, KELLER WILLIAMS 909.866.6453, bigbearproperties.com THE MIKE SANNES REAL ESTATE TEAM – RE/MAX BIG BEAR 909.435.5155, realestate-bigbear.com RAHILL REAL ESTATE GROUP, KELLER WILLIAMS 909.547.4402, rahillrealestate.com RE/MAX BIG BEAR 909.866.6161, remaxbigbear.com TYLER WOOD GROUP 909.866.3481, tylerwoodgroup.com VACASA REAL ESTATE – ANNETTE KARNES 909.800.4365 VACASA REAL ESTATE 909.521.0330, bigbearteam.com
BARREL 33 909.878.0838, barrel33bigbear.com BEAR ESSENTIALS 909.866.3957, c BigBearSouvenirs
BIG BEAR DISCOUNT GIFTS & SOUVENIRS 909.584.8768, bigbeardiscount.com
BIG BEAR CHARTER FISHING 909.866.2240, bigbearfishing.com
GOLDSMITH’S SPORTS 909.866.2728, goldsmithssports.com
BIG BEAR SPORTING GOODS 909.866.3222, bigbearlakesportinggoods.com
BIG BEAR JEEP EXPERIENCE 909.420.5828, bigbearjeepexperience.com
HELICOPTER BIG BEAR 909.585.1200, helicopterbigbear.com
BROWN BEAR GIFT SHOP 909.866.4345, c BrownBearGiftShop
BIG BEAR LAKE HISTORICAL SOCIETY 909.585.8100, bigbearhistory.org
HOLLOWAY’S MARINA & RV PARK 909.866.5706, bigbearhollowaysmarina.com
CHIRP NATURE CENTERS 888.412.4477, chirpforbirds.com
BIG BEAR MARINA 909.866.3218, bigbearmarina.com
MINESHAFT COASTER 909.866.4626, alpineslidebigbear.com
EARTH’S ELEMENTS 909.878.0433, earthselements.com
BIG BEAR MOBILE ESTATES AND RV RESORT 909.866.7774, bigbearmobile.com
MISS LIBERTY PADDLEWHEEL TOUR BOAT 909.866.8129, pineknotmarina.com
PINE KNOT MARINE CENTER 909.866.7766, pineknotmarina.com THE RED BARN 909.878.4080, theredbarnbigbear.com THE SHIRT SHANTY 909.866.7928, c ShirtShanty YARN DESIGNERS BOUTIQUE 909.584.9715, yarndesignersboutique.com
Things to Do
ACTION ZIPLINE, SEGWAY & MORE 909.866.0390, actiontourscalifornia.com ALPINE SLIDE AT MAGIC MOUNTAIN 909.866.4626, alpineslidebigbear.com BALDWIN LAKE STABLES & PETTING ZOO 909.585.6482, baldwinlakestables.com BEAR VALLEY BIKES 909.866.8000, bvbikes.com BEAR MOUNTAIN GOLF COURSE 909.585.8002, bigbearmountainresort.com BEAR MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT 844.462.2327, bigbearmountainresort.com BIG BEAR ALPINE ZOO 909.584.1299, bigbearzoo.org
BIG BEAR PIRATE SHIP 909.866.5706, bigbearhollowaysmarina.com BIG BEAR QUEEN LAKE TOURS 909.744.4948, bigbearqueen.com BIG BEAR RV RENTALS 909.833.1516, bigbearrvrentals.com BIG BEAR SNOW PLAY & ROPES COURSE 909.585.0075, bigbearsnowplay.com BIG BEAR SPEEDWAY & ROPES COURSE 909.585.0075, bigbearsnowplay.com BIG BEAR WATERSPORTS SCHOOL 909.229.0035, bigbearwatersports.com THE BOWLING BARN 909.878.2695, bowlingbarn.com CANTRELL GUIDE SERVICE 909.585.4017, bigbearfishing.net THE CAVE 909.878.0204, thecavebigbear.com
MOUNTAIN ROOM ESCAPES 877.584.6427, mountainroomescapes.com NORTH SHORE LANDING 909.878.4386, bigbearboating.com PADDLES & PEDALS 909.936.2907, paddlesandpedals.com PINE KNOT MARINE CENTER 909.633.7511, pineknotmarina.com PLEASURE POINT MARINA, LLC 909.866.2455, pleasurepointmarina.net SANTA LAND BIG BEAR 909.878.0312, santalandbigbear.com SNOW SUMMIT 844.462.2327, bigbearmountainresort.com SUMMIT BIKE PARK 844.462.2327, bigbearmountainresort.com URBAN ADVENTURE QUEST 805.603.5620, urbanadventurequest.com
DESIGNATED WAKESPORTS 909.556.3345, designatedwakesports.com FISH BIG BEAR CHARTER SERVICE 909.255.2834, fishbigbear.net THE FITNESS SOURCE BIG BEAR 909.866.5300, thefitnesssourcebigbear.com GOLD RUSH MINING ADVENTURES 909.866.5678, goldrushminingadventures.com
Visit careforbigbear.com for more information and to sign up for current and future Care For Big Bear events.
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O KOO RAN 909.866.6652, okooran.com
SPIRITS OF THE WEST BREWFEST Enjoy a day of Old West–style fun with games, live music, and 60-plus beers and spirits to sample. bigbearevents.com TOUR DE BIG BEAR Cycle for glory at Southern California’s premier bicycle race. Join 5k, 25-mile, 50-mile, 75-mile, or 100-mile courses plus the new Dirty Bear 50-mile gravel ride. bigbearcycling.com FOX US OPEN MOUNTAIN BIKING The peaceful mountainside of Snow Summit transforms into an action-packed raceway for this world-class mountain biking competition. usopen.bike OKTOBERFEST Beers, brats, and bands — the legendary German festival takes over Big Bear every weekend of September and October. bigbearevents.com WON TROUTFEST Cast your line in this weekend-long fishing competition, and earn a chance to win a variety of raffle prizes. wonews.com Grill & Chill BBQ Festival
Let’s Get Together
BIG BEAR VISITORS BUREAU
The wait is over! All your favorite events — fairs, festivals, sports competitions, and more — are coming back. Plan ahead and get together again at these standout Big Bear festivities. Visit bigbear.com for the latest info on event dates and more. FISHIN’ FOR 50K Reel in the big one and earn big money. Try to catch one (or more) of the five grand prize trout, each worth $10,000. bigbear.com 4TH OF JULY Celebrate America’s birthday with an all-day extravaganza in Big Bear. Watch the fireworks
from Snow Summit at Above the Boom. bigbear.com BIG BEAR CHILI COOK-OFF Taste the best chili in town at this ICS World Qualifier, where talented chefs compete for cash and a spot in the World Championship Chili Cook-Off. bigbear.com
SNOW SUMMIT AND BIG BEAR MOUNTAIN RESORT OPENING DAY Grab your skis, snowboard, and sled for the official opening of winter season in Big Bear. bigbearmountainresort.com TORCHLIGHT PARADE AND NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY AT SNOW SUMMIT Ring in the New Year as hundreds of skiers and snowboarders light up the dark with LED torches. bigbearmountainresort.com MAIFEST Oktoberfest in May?! Dust off your dirndl and lederhosen and mark the start of the spring season with music, bratwurst, games, contests, and plenty of beer. bigbearevents.com GRILL & CHILL BBQ FESTIVAL The best of BBQ comes to Big Bear every Memorial Day weekend. Promoted by the Kansas City BBQ State Championship, the festival features craft beer, a kids’ play area, live music — and of course, plenty of juicy BBQ to devour. bigbear.com
Holloway's Marina and RV Park
Celebrating more than 100 years of service in Big Bear, Holloway’s Marina has everything you need to make the most of your Big Bear Lake adventure, from boat rentals and fishing to lake cruises and an RV park. Take out a fishing boat or pontoon for a great day of fishing. The lake’s calm environment also makes it ideal for kayaking or SUP rentals. Looking for more thrills? Holloway’s Marina also rents Jet Skis or Wave-Runners. Next to the marina, Holloway’s RV Park has more than 100 sites, many with hookups, plus all the desired amenities and a beautiful lakeside setting. Be sure to book a cruise on the Big Bear Pirate Ship for a memorable time. 909.866.5706 bigbearhollowaysmarina.com