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. 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.

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Sand to Snow National Monument

Many mountain-tops framed by trees.

The 154,000-acre national monument is composed of 71,000 acres on the San Bernardino National Forest and 83,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands.

Featuring thirty miles of the world famous Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, the area is a favorite for camping, hiking, hunting, horseback riding, photography, wildlife viewing, and even skiing.

This is the fifth national monument in the Pacific Southwest Region, and the fourth national monument to be co-managed by the Forest Service and BLM.

About the San Bernardino National Forest

The wildlands 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 1925.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





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