Photo: Big Bear Discovery Center

Stop by the Big Bear Discovery Center located on the north shore of Big Bear Lake to plan your adventures in the San Bernardino National Forest.

The Big Bear Discovery Center is your gateway to adventure and discovery in the great outdoors. The Discovery Center is an educational and informational portal to the San Bernardino National Forest and is located within the heart of the Big Bear Valley. This nearby oasis is a one- to three-hour drive from anywhere in Southern California. Our goal is to ensure your visit to the Big Bear Discovery Center heightens your awareness on how to become a more responsible caretaker of a national forest while increasing your enjoyment and knowledge of California’s most recreated forestland, the San Bernardino National Forest.

The programs and events are conducted in partnership with the Southern California Mountains Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the success of the San Bernardino National Forest.

Business Hours

Open Daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Labor Day Weekend Hours: Open Friday-Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Closed on Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.

The center is occasionally closed on other days or permits & passes may not be available; call ahead to confirm hours and permit & pass availability.

Address and Directions

Located on North Shore Drive (Highway 38) between Fawnskin and the Stanfield Cutoff.  Look for the Discovery Center Sign on the north side of the highway.

Big Bear Discovery Center
40971 North Shore Drive, Highway 38
Fawnskin, CA 92333
Mailing address:
PO Box 290
Fawnskin, CA  92333

(909) 382-2790 (voice)
(TDD/TTY dial (800) 735-2922)

Directions by Google Maps

Our Visitor Center provides the following services to the public: