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


San Bernardino National Forest Hosts Fuels Demo

San Bernardino National Forest Hosts Fuels Demonstration showcasing new technologies in thinning.

U.S. Forest Service personnel use a variety of tools to start fires, but always in an effort to prevent larger fires from occurring.  The Mountaintop District of the San Bernardino National Forest hosted a Fuels Treatment Demonstration for more than 40 visitors of varying agencies, Oct. 16, showcasing new technologies in mechanical treatment of hazardous fuels. Mechanical treatment reduces the amount of vegetation in an area which has built up to dangerous levels, or changes the arrangement of these fuels to lessen the likelihood of catastrophic fires.

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.

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Every Kid in a Park Program and Pass

We are proud to help launch the Every Kid in a Park program, as part of President Obama’s commitment to ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy public lands.

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.


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.

Digital Forest Maps for Mobile Devices

The U.S. Forest Service offers access to a variety of visitor maps for people using Android and iOS devices.