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Follow Big Bear's Seasons with Our Visitor Guide

A Destination for Every Season

Imagine stepping into a world where the air is crisp and the towering pine trees stretch as far as the eye can see. Welcome to Big Bear, California – a year-round paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and those just looking to unwind in the heart of nature.

Located in the San Bernardino Mountains, this charming destination offers a perfect blend of scenic beauty, thrilling activities, and cozy retreats. In the winter, the snow-capped peaks become a playground for skiers and snowboarders, while the frozen lakeside transforms into a magical setting for ice fishing and snowshoeing. When the snow melts away, the landscape bursts into vibrant colors, making way for hiking trails that wander through wildflower meadows, mountain biking routes that challenge even the most seasoned riders, and crystal-clear waters that invite kayaking and paddleboarding.

Your Perfect Getaway in the Heart of the San Bernardino Mountains

Big Bear is more than adrenaline-filled outdoor activities. When you visit, take some time to explore The Village! This charming district is the hub for shopping, sightseeing, dining, entertainment, and nightlife. It's also where you'll experience all the exciting annual events that take place in Big Bear. From Halloween to Christmas in the Village, there's always something going on. 

Savor international flavors crafted by chefs who've brought their culinary expertise from around the globe. Whether you're in the mood for a casual coffee, a family-friendly meal, or a romantic dinner, the dining scene has something for everyone. Afterward, explore the vibrant nightlife, where you can sample local brews from Big Bear Lake Brewing Co. or unwind with a glass of wine at Barrel 33.

For daytime activities, the shopping scene is equally diverse, offering everything from athletic wear to artisanal goods. You can even find specialty items for your pets or explore stores dedicated to holistic wellness. And when you're ready for entertainment, The Village doesn't disappoint. Whether it's testing your wits in an escape room or enjoying a night of bowling, there's no shortage of ways to make lasting memories in Big Bear. 

Street sign for the Village in Big Bear Lake, Ca.
Lake and landscape in Big Bear Lake, California, USA

California's Year-Round Paradise

Big Bear is a destination that shines all year long, offering a diverse range of activities and experiences as unique as the seasons themselves.

Big Bear springs to life as the snow melts. This is the perfect time for hiking, bird-watching, biking, and fishing with the annual Fishin’ for $50k Trout Derby drawing anglers from all over to the region. 
Summer in Big Bear means time on the water. The lake is full of boaters from kayaks to cabin cruisers and pontoons to bay liners – you’ll find them all. It’s also the perfect time to take advantage of outdoor entertainment like the Summer Theater Festival!
As the mountains explode with vibrant colors, fall is the perfect time for scenic drives and area photography. And if you’re visiting in October, Oktoberfest in the Village is a can’t-miss event.
When winter arrives, the mountains become a snowy wonderland. Skiing and snowboarding dominate the scene, with Snow Summit and Bear Mountain offering slopes for all skill levels. The New Year's Torchlight Parade is a spectacle not to be missed as skiers descend the mountain with torches in hand, illuminating the night. View more snow activities!