Activities

Each September, more than 500,000 spectators and 2100 vintage automobiles gather in this Southern California town (along famed Route 66) for the Rendezvous, an event that breathes new life into the "sleepy bedroom community" 60 miles east of LA and 110 miles northeast of San Diego. However, as savvy travelers are learning, San Bernardino deserves more than an annual fly-by since the city is within a short driving distance of the Pacific Ocean, scenic desert areas, dramatic mountain peaks, the bright lights of Vegas, and everything from Sunset Strip and Rodeo Drive to Palm Springs and Disneyland. California's Inland Empire, an area that includes San Bernardino and nearby Riverside, was "founded" in the 1950s in hopes of giving identity to the area east of sprawling Los Angeles. Today, the Inland Empire boasts a style and attitude all its own. The region is home to popular winter retreats like Rim Nordic Ski Area, Snow Summit, Bear Mountain, Big Bear Lake, and Lake Arrowhead, many of which also appeal to hikers, campers, and other outdoorsy types during the summer and spring. In addition, the city of nearly 200,000 people offers a variety of dining and shopping options for visitors who want to stay close to town.

Lake Arrowhead

CA-189
Lake Arrowhead, CA 92315

Phone: 909-337-3715

Fax: 909-336-1548

Lake Arrowhead CA. - a four season Southern California mountain resort destination, is located a mile high in the San Bernardino National Forest in the heart of Southern California. Just 90 miles east of Los Angeles, Lake Arrowhead is a paradise of outdoor recreation and year round beauty.

Lake Arrowhead offers a variety of options for those wishing to camp in the surrounding National Forest. There are two campgrounds in the Lake Arrowhead Communities;

Dogwood Campground Description: This campground is located 20 miles Northeast of San Bernardino, CA in the San Bernardino National Forest. The campground was completely remodeled in 2004, complete with modern restrooms, showers, & several electric hook-ups for RV's. Activities include Interpretive programs on Friday and Saturday nights, Hiking trails, 15 minutes away from Lake Gregory, with boating, fishing and a water slide park. Lake Arrowhead village, with it's fine dinning and quaint shops is only 5 minutes away.

North Shore Campground Description: This campground is located 23 miles Northeast of San Bernardino in the San Bernardino National Forest, 3 miles from Lake Arrowhead Village, and 20 minutes to Lake Gregory with fishing, boat rentals and a water slide park. Campground has modern restrooms and running water. Located in the San Bernardino Mountains. Restrooms are provided. Group camping is not available.

Group Camps For groups of thirty to ninety people, group campgrounds provide another option. Picnic tables, fire rings, and bathrooms — and a certain distance from other campers — make the group campgrounds a popular option for church group and scout campouts. There are three group camps located within close proximity of the Lake Arrowhead Communities; Shady Cove, Tent Peg, and Fisherman's Camp. Reservations are required. For camping reservations, please call the National Reservation Service at: 1-877-444-6777or visit their website at www.recreation.gov

Hiking There are numerous hiking trails in the area with the Pacific Crest Trail passing within a few miles of the Lake Arrowhead Communities. Take a look at the hiking and camping trail map and choose one of our many trails and campgrounds available during the warm weather months. The maintained campgrounds are based on a fee structure, and have ready access to hiking trails.

Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area

Silverwood Lake was formed by the 249-foot Cedar Springs Dam. At 3,350 feet, it is the highest reservoir in the State Water Project. The park features hiking trails, swimming beaches and designated areas for boating, water-skiing and fishing. The lake has trout, large mouth bass, catfish and bluegill. There is a marina with a launching ramp, boat and equipment rentals, and a store. The park has picnic areas, including three that can only be reached by boat. The lake attracts waterfowl, raptors and songbirds. Canada Geese and an occasional bald eagle can be seen in the area.

Pacific Crest Trail
The Pacific Crest Trail is the jewel in the crown of America's scenic trails, spanning 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada through three western states. The trail passes through five California State Parks: Castle Crags and McArthur-Burney Falls in Northern California; and Silverwood Lake, Anza Borrego Desert and Mt. San Jacinto in Southern California.

Pacific Crest Trail Association

Location-Directions

The park is located via Highway 138, 11 miles east of I-15; or 20 miles north of San Bernardino via Highways 18 & 138.
Silverwood Lake, CA, Latitude/Longitude: 34.3047 / -117.3125

Big Bear Lake

Welcome to Big Bear Lake, a four seasons resort community surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest, 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

Mountain biking at its best. Ride the Sky Chair to the top and then travel the scenic bike trails, or ride the gentle North Shore bike path. See "Just A Walk In The Woods" for more complete information on mountain-biking trails. Bike rentals for all levels of riders are available from many of Big Bear's fine sport shops.

Bear Valley Bikes
(909)866-8000
Big Bear
Outdoor Activities

(909)910-1810
Blauers Board Shop
(909)866-5689
Scenic Sky Chair
at Snow Summit

(909)866-5766

Blair Skatepark, San Bernardino California

1466 West Marshall Blvd
San Bernardino, CA

Blaire has done it! They put all the necessities into 8,000 sq foot of skate able concrete. The San Bernardino skate park is a must see; must skate, skate park. The run with the most fun has to be the snowman bowl. It has a six to eight foot tranny with a fun eight foot extension that has great copping all over the park. Another fun feature of this park is the hip; it has pockets on both sides. But, no park would be complete without some stairs and a pyramid with a few bubbas. The stairs at this park have just enough room to get down it: meaning the runway is to short. However, this is a must hit skate park.

La Plaza Park

00685 Mt. Vernon Ave
San Bernardino, California,

Amenities

  • Trees
  • Shade
  • Slide
  • Benches
  • Twisty Slid
  • Spring-mounted animals
  • Picnic tables
  • Monkey Bars/Jungle Gym
  • Sandbox
  • See Saw

A Special Place Childrens

3350 Del Rosa Ave
San Bernardino, CA 92404-2884
(909) 881-6861

A Special Place Childrens on Del Rosa Ave in San Bernardino, CA is in the Beach California section(s) Museums . The map of A Special Place Childrens shows the approximate location in San Bernardino, but you should call them at phone number (909) 881-6861 to verify their address is 3350 Del Rosa Avenue, San Bernardino, California 92404-2884 and to get hours and driving directions.

Fiesta Village Family Fun Ctr

  • 1405 E Washington St
    San Bernardino, California 92408
  • +1 909 824 1111
  • Fiesta Village Family Fun Ctr is a one-stop provider of fun for the family in California. Visit us at our location in San Bernardino.

Littlefield/Shultis Park

  • Littlefield/Shultis Park
    • San Bernardino , California
  • 2525 Kendall Way
    San Bernardino, California, United States

Fishing

The San Bernardino County Regional Parks Department has multiple fishing options throughout the County. From Junior Fishing Workshops to Trout Derbies, Regional Parks can meet the needs of the beginner to advanced angler.

Fishing is available at the following Parks:

Cucamonga-Guasti, Glen Helen, Mojave Narrows, Prado, and Yuciapa Regional Parks are stocked by San Bernardino County and the Department of Fish and Game.

A state fishing license is required to fish at the Regional Parks. State licenses may be purchased online at the California Department of Fish and Game.

More Recreation: Hiking

One of San Bernardino's greatest features is its proximity to the mountains, deserts and valleys. For the experienced hiker, the best adventures await along the miles of trails that wind through the area's varied terrain. Hiking trails for the inexperienced hiker are plentiful as well, offering visitors with families a less strenuous adventure.

For wilderness hiking, a permit is required and may be obtained at one of the Ranger District Offices.

Remember Your Adventure Pass...
All visitors are required to display the Pass in their vehicle when parked on National Forest land for recreation purposes. The Pass is available in two forms: a daily pass for $5.00 and an annual pass good for one year from the month of purchase for $30.00. Passes are available at Forest Service offices, and a variety of local vendors. Call your nearest Forest Service office for the vendor nearest to you.

For information contact one of the following offices:

  • Arrowhead Ranger Station in Lake Arrowhead (909) 337-2444

  • Big Bear Discovery in Big Bear Lake (909) 866-3437

  • Lytle Creek Ranger Station (909) 887-2576

  • Mill Creek Ranger Station in Mentone (909) 794-1123

  • U.S. Forest Service in Idyllwild (909) 659-2117

Trails to try

  • Cactus Spring Trail: A high desert trail winds through the Santa Rosa Wilderness, descending into Horsethief Creek and across the sloping pinon-covered eastern flank of Santa Rosa Mountain. Trail head is next to Riverside County Transfer Station on Forest Road 7S09.

  • Devil's Slide Trail: Moderately difficult trail from Humber Park (about 2 1/2 miles north of Idyllwild Forest Ranger Station) to Saddle Junction, where the Pacific Crest Trail intersects it.
    For more information, call (909) 659-2117

  • Fuller Ridge Trail: A moderate to strenuous 7.5-mile hike to San Jacinto Peak, following the timbered ridge above Snow Creek along a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.
    For more information, call (909) 659-2117

  • Hike Inn to Inn: Hikes of various lengths through the forested San Bernardino Mountains to quaint bed-and-breakfast inns and lodges.
    For more information, call (909) 867-9636

  • Pacific Crest Trail: A portion of the trail winds through the Arrowhead Ranger District in the San Bernardino National Forest. Beginning near Cleghorn Mountain, the Pacific Crest Trail crosses State Highway 138, winds through the Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, past Mojave River Dam, and ascends parallel to Deep Creek to Splinter's Cabin above Cedar Glen. From there, the trail continues toward Big Bear Lake before leaving the district several miles northeast of Crab Flats Campground, a distance of 40 miles.
    For more information, call (909) 337-2444

  • San Gorgonio Mountains: This strenuous, 15.6-mile hike through the San Gorgonio Wilderness in the San Bernardino Mountains is worth the effort as it puts you on a boulder pile marking the highest point in Southern California. Take the southern approach by way of Vivian Creek Trail where pines, firs and cedars surround you and bracken fern, which turns a flaming yellow after the first October frost, smothers the creek banks. Summit trail camp is available to backpackers. Permit is required for both day hiking and backpacking. Get permits at the Mill Creek ranger station at Mill Creek Road (Hwy. 38) and Bryant Street, east of the town of Mentone. Best hiking is April through November. Elevation gain is 5,700 ft. High point is 11,499 ft. Use Forest Service San Gorgonio Wilderness top map.
    For more information, call (909) 794-1123

  • Seven Pines Trail: A moderately difficult trail that follows the North Fork of the San Jacinto River to its headwater. Drive through Dark Canyon campground to the trailhead. For more information, call (909) 659-2117

  • South Ridge Trail: A moderately difficult 3.6-mile hike to the Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout. Directions to the trailhead are available at the San Jacinto Ranger Station. For more information, call (909) 659-2117

Easy hikes for the entire family

Do your family members love nature but can't endure the strenuous hiking trials to the more picturesque places? There are four local trails that will please your family's cravings for nature and they won't have to strain to enjoy it.

  • Children's Forest: The National Children's Forest, a 1/2-mile self-guided and paved trail that's handicapped-accessible, off Highway 18 at Keller Peak Road, east of Running Springs, San Bernardino Mountains. For more information, call (909) 337-2444

  • Heaps Peak Arboretum: A 0.7-mile, self-guided trail that winds through the forest, three-quarters of a mile east of Santa's Village, off Highway 18.
    For more information, call (909) 337-2444

  • Idyllwild Park Nature Center: Trails, interpretive exhibits and programs, 1 mile northwest of Idyllwild on Highway 243. For more information, call (909) 659-3850

  • Indian Rock Trail: Easy 1/2-mile hike that begins immediately east of Rock Camp Station of Highway 173, west of Lake Arrowhead, San Bernardino Mountains. For more information, call (909) 337-2444

  • Hang Gliding/Paragliding

    At the base of the local mountains, look for public sites specifically purchased for hang gliders and paragliders. The warm weather and cool mountain breezes offer gliders nearly 300 days of flying a year.

    • High Adventure
      Hang-gliding Lessons
      4231 Sepulveda Avenue, San Bernardino
      Phone: (909) 883-8488
      Web site: www.flytandem.com

Skiing

Every winter the Inland Empire attracts die-hard ski buffs from all over the Southland. In San Bernardino, the snow is not only good -- it's close. Ski resorts at Big Bear, Wrightwood and Snow Valley are just a short distance away.

  • Bear Mountain
    Eleven chair lifts and twenty-seven trails from beginner to advanced. 1,700-foot vertical drop. Downhill skiing, snowboarding
    Located on Moonridge Road in Big Bear Lake
    (909) 585-2519

  • Mount Baldy
    Four lifts serving four mountains. Over 400 acres of terrain. 2,100-foot vertical drop. Downhill skiing.
    Located off I-10 at Mountain Avenue, north of Upland
    (909) 981-3344

  • Mountain High
    Eleven chair lifts on east-and west-facing slopes. 1,900-foot vertical drop. Downhill skiing.
    Located along Highway 2 in Wrightwood
    (760) 249-5808

  • Rim Nordic Ski Area Inc.
    Cross-country ski resort.
    Located in Running Springs
    (909) 867-2600

  • Ski Sunrise
    One quad chair and two Pullman lifts on 100 acres of terrain. 800-foot vertical drop. About half the runs are intermediate and the rest are either advanced or beginner. Downhill skiing.
    Located in Wrightwood near Mountain High Ski Area
    (760) 249-6150

  • Snow Summit
    New high-speed quad chair, the All-Mountain Xpress, which carries skiers more than a mile to the 8,200-foot peak. There are 12 chair lifts. 1,175-foot vertical drop. 18 miles of beginner through expert trails. Downhill skiing, snowboarding.
    Snow Summit is at 880 Summit Boulevard, Big Bear Lake
    (909) 866-4621

  • Snow Valley
    The largest ski area in the San Bernardino Mountains, with a peak elevation of 7,841 feet. Fourteen lifts for thirty-six trails on 235 acres of terrain. 1,141-foot vertical drop. Features children's ski center and Alpine dining room. Downhill skiing, snowboarding
    Located 5 miles east of Running Springs on Highway 187
    (909) 867-2751