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The snow-capped peaks of the San Bernardino Mountains rise rough and rugged to the east of the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles, formed by tectonic plates shifting along the San Andreas fault. The vast San Bernardino National Park encompasses over 800,000 acres and is home to some of the greatest biodiversity in the state. In the midst of this natural beauty is the charming mountain town of Big Bear Lake, tucked along the south shore of the lake that shares its name. Outdoor recreational opportunities abound in this alpine region of stunning mountain vistas and towering forests. Lose yourself in natural splendor on a hike or horseback ride along a forested path. Spend the day exploring the shoreline by canoe or kayak, challenge yourself to water skiing or wakeboarding, or just spend a lazy afternoon angling for rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie and more. Wintertime here brings out skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels to challenge Big Bear’s slopes.

If Big Bear looks like a scene from a movie, it’s no coincidence. The area has long been a popular location for filmmakers and Los Angeles is just a few hours away. Plan a day trip to L.A. to get a glimpse of the famed Hollywood Sign and cruise down the Walk of Fame to see the names of stars shining on the sidewalk. If time permits, don’t miss a side visit to the city’s cultural gems of  Chinatown and Olvera Street.

THINGS TO DO IN BIG BEAR LAKE

view in the sky for Helicopter Big Bear Tours

Helicopter Big Bear Tours

Get breathtaking bird’s eye views of the San Bernardino Mountains aboard a helicopter tour. Lift off from Big Bear City Airport then cruise past points of interest and major landmarks.

California Big Bear Lake Fly Fishing in the fall

Big Bear Fish Adventures

Head to the mountains for the best spin and fly-fishing in the Big Bear area. The lakes, rivers and streams here are teeming with rainbows, browns, brookies and bass.

Female ziplines through California Big Bear Lake

Action Tours California

Feel the surge of adrenaline as you soar above a lush forest canopy on a thrilling zip line experience. Choose from nine runs that offer excitement levels for every member of the family.