Big Bear Discovery Center

Big Bear Discovery Center is a regional visitor center and nature center, located in the Big Bear Valley of the San Bernardino Mountains, and within the San Bernardino National Forest, in San Bernardino County, southern California. It is in the Mountaintop Ranger District Office complex of the National Forest. 


Take time to explore what's on offer from Big Bear Lake's local merchants. You'll never be disappointed in what you find. Sure there's plenty of that rustic mountain motif going on, but you may be surprised to discover the variety and quality of fashion, craftsmanship, art, and cuisine in the Valley. 

The Cave

The Cave is a truly one-of-a-kind concert and comedy venue in the heart of Big Bear. The lighting, sound, laser light shows, gourmet concessions, craft beer, comfortable seating, room to dance, and of course amazing acts are not common for such an intimate venue. It is this perfect mix of location, amenities, and amazing live entertainment that make The Cave a venue that will bring you closer to your favorite bands than you ever thought possible. All Ages- 3 and under free, everyone else must have a ticket. 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. *20 and under 2 drink min (nonalcoholic beverage)

Horse Rentals (Baldwin Lake)

Baldwin lake Stables guarantees a good ride with their local guides and gentle horses. Open year round and offering the varied terrains available in the East Valley, these riding tours offer spectacular views. Baldwin Lake Stables can gear the tour to any level of riding experience. The Remote Location Ride is for the adventure seeker and begins deep in the wilderness (horses brought in by trailer) and takes you to the highest elevations with spectacular views. Pony rides and a petting zoo are available for children too young to ride independently. Reservations are suggested for the 1 and 2 hour rides and are required for the longer or remote tours.

Hiking Trails

Looking for a great trail near Big Bear Lake, California? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount San Jacinto State Park or Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Meadow Park. Ready for some activity? There are 10 moderate trails in Big Bear Lake ranging from 1.2 to 13.3 miles and from 6,660 to 8,503 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

Snow Play in Big Bear

Big Bear Snow Play, once a ski hill known as Rebel Ridge, sports the longest runs in Southern California, serviced by a Magic Carpet uphill lift that eliminates the tiring uphill struggle through snow. Lift-assisted inner tubing lets parents and children conserve their energy for the thrilling downhill twists and turns and not on walking uphill!

Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake is Southern California's four-season mountain lake escape. Located in the heart of Southern California - and close to Phoenix and Las Vegas - Big Bear Lake is the jewel of the San Bernardino National Forest and known for excellent fishing, snowboarding & skiing, hiking, mountain biking and so much more!

Bear Mountain Ski Resort

Bear Mountain ("Bear") is an innovator in Park design and development. Bear is where you’ll find Southern California’s ("SoCal") only halfpipes, the Red Bull Plaza, The Scene. This combined with features spread over our 748 permitted acres is why Bear is the home mountain to many world-class athletes including our riders. While regularly appearing in the top of ski and snowboard resort polls, Bear is also home to the largest learning area in SoCal, backed by our professionally certified instructors that make learning easy, fun and natural. Bear is where SoCal learns to ski and ride. With a state-of-the-art snowmaking system and grooming fleet, you can count on Bear for great conditions all season long.

Snow Summit Ski Resort

Snow Summit is a premier family-friendly Southern California ("SoCal") destination revered for its nearby skiing and snowboarding in the winter. Drop in at 8,200 feet and experience the best that SoCal has to offer. With over 240 acres of skiable terrain and 27 trails of all ability levels, Snow Summit boasts 18+ skiable miles. Covered with a state-of-the-art snowmaking system and a lift system of 11 lifts (+ 5 moving carpets), Snow Summit is where SoCal skis and rides.