The San Bernardino National Forest is located in the south western area of California.
Where is this Forest?


Welcome to the San Bernardino National Forest

Hikers head off into the Cucamonga Wilderness. View of the Coachella Valley from the PCT in the San Jacinto Wilderness. Dry Lake in the San Gorgonio Wilderness. Fire Apparatus is ready to respond, at Deerlick Station near Running Springs. Bald Eagle lands near Big Bear Lake. View of Highland from Running Springs. The San Jacinto mountains tower over the Coachella Valley. The sun is setting in the West, casting beautiful warm colors over the Bulter Peak Fire Lookout Interpretive site. You can almost hear the creek water flowing in the San Jacinto Wilderness. A sailor enjoys a pleasant afternoon on Big Bear Lake. Winter over the San Jacinto mountains. Skunk Cabbage Junction in the San Jacinto Wilderness. Type 1 Helitanker drops on a wildland fire East of Green Valley Lake. Skiers enjoy cross country sking on Sugarloaf Mountain near Big Bear. Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout Interpretive Site overlooks the San Jacinto mountains.

About the San Bernardino National Forest

The wild lands of the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountain Ranges were designated a National Forest more than a hundred years ago. 

The Forest Reserve Act was passed in 1891, giving the president authority to "set apart and reserve, in any state or territory having public land bearing forests . . public reservations."  From this act was born the San Bernardino Forest Reserve, which became the San Bernardino National Forest in 1907.  The San Bernardino National Forest as public land was set aside for the conservation of natural resources such as trees, water, minerals, livestock range, recreation, or wildlife. 

Today, the San Bernardino National Forest serves as southern California's outdoor year-around recreation destination, as well as providing valuable watershed protection.  Drive the scenic Rim of the World Scenic Byway and Palms to Pines Scenic Byways to discover your local National Forest.

The San Bernardino National Forest is comprised of three Ranger Districts spanning  679,380 acres in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Read more

Recent News


Aspen Regenerating

This photograph shows aspen regrowth within the Aspen Grove which was burned in the Lake Fire 2015.

The Lake Fire in the San Gorgonio Wilderness raised concerns about the Aspen Grove in Fish Creek, which burned with moderate to high severity during the fire. This grove is one of only two aspen groves in southern California. Aspens are well known for their resilience following wildfire, and the grove is expected to recover well. The photograph shows the tremendous regeneration of the aspens at knee high lengths following the Lake Fire.

Mountain yellow-legged frog tadpoles released on the San Jacinto Ranger District

A biologist empties a bucket of Mountain Yellow-legged frogs into the waters of Fuller Mill Creek.

On Friday, May 22, approximately 711 mountain yellow-legged frog tadpoles were released into Fuller Mill Creek by personnel from the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the San Diego Zoo.  The mountain yellow-legged frog, or MYLF, is a federally endangered species, and occurs in only a few locations on the San Bernardino and Angeles National Forests.  These 35-45 days old tadpoles, shown in the bucket about the size of a figure nail, were raised at the San Diego Zoo, as part of the captive breeding program to help with the recovery of the species. 

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Ecological Restoration: Pacific Southwest Region - An All Lands Approach

Ecological Restoration's goal is to retain and restore ecological resilience of the National Forest to achieve sustainable ecosystems.

America’s Great Outdoors: A Promise to Future Americans

President Obama launched the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to develop a 21st Century conservation and recreation agenda.


Managing Wildfires

Successfully managing wildfires is a year-round job that requires action before they start, while they are burning, and after they are out.