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 . . ..as 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


Features

Happy 70th Birthday Smokey Bear!

Smokey Bear is 70 years old 1944-2014

Smokey Bear is 70 years young and for his birthday he wants everyone to be fire safe!


50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

This is the logo for the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act 1964-2014

In 2014 the nation is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act. Even after a half-century of legal protection, wildernesses need your help more than ever. Consider working with other dedicated Wilderness Volunteers to help preserve these unique and wild places for future generations. 


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Spotlights

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.

Forests to Faucets

The Forests to Faucets project is a series of interactive maps that show the essential role forests play in providing clean drinking water to urban communities.