Welcome to the San Bernardino National Forest

San Bernardino National Forest

From the arid deserts to the tallest alpine mountains in Southern California, our forest is recognized as a top destination for people escaping the urban grind for a peaceful retreat in nature.

Plan Your Visit

Prescription Fire Activity

The San Bernardino National Forest has started prescribed fire operations on its three ranger districts this November and are schedule to continue through early 2024. Refer to our social media for notifications and updates at Facebook and X. Read the news release here.


  • Impact of Tropical Storm Hilary

    Water Damage fro Troplical Storm Hilary at the Santa Ana Interpretive Site

    Personnel of the San Bernardino National Forest are conducting surveys and assessments of damage to sites and areas on the forest due to Tropical Storm Hilary’s landfall, Aug. 20-21. The storm dropped large amounts of rain on all three districts of the forest resulting in damage to roads, recreation sites, facilities and permitted areas.

Fire Restrictions

As of 9/17/2023 the San Bernardino NF has implemented elevated fire restrictions. With these restrictions, recreational shooting is temporarily prohibited and campfires are limited to specific areas listed in Exhibit A of current forest order. Please check our Current Fire Restrictions for the official forest order.


  • Fire Restrictions

    Smokey Bear High Fire Danger Sign

    Effective June 29, 2023 the Fire Danger Rating will be increased to High

  • Road Closures

    White gate with a Road Closed Sign

    Please make sure the forest roads you're planning on exploring are indeed open before you go on your next adventure.

  • Outdoor Safety

    Woman with a red back pack hiking through a green forested valley

    The beauty and peacefulness of the forest may make you feel carefree, but you must remain vigilant for potentially dangerous situations.

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Frequently Asked Questions Signs with a cloud blue sky background

    Some of the questions people ask the most are answered here, or links are provided to more detailed information.

  • Digital Passes For Adventure Pass Fee Sites Now Available

    San Bernardino National Forest Digital Pass QR Code

    The San Bernardino National Forest is now offering digital passes for recreation fee sites! Purchase a day use digital pass prior to your visit or onsite at one of our fee locations (cell coverage dependent).

  • Resolve your Notice of Required Fee (NRF)

    An image of a Notice of Required Fee (NRF)

    The San Bernardino National Forest is now offering an easier way to resolve your Notice of Required Fee. You can now book an appointment to resolve your Notice of Required Fee over the phone.

  • Researching visitation dynamics in Southern California national forests

    The Gonzalez and Juaregui families cool their feet in Lytle Creek. USDA Forest Service photo by Gus Bahena.

    The Forest Service wants to find out what motivates visitors to go to these forests. What barriers do people of color and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds face to visiting forests? How do people respond when their chosen site or activity is unavailable? And how are visitors getting information about forests, particularly important safety updates?


Fire from the sky

Senior Firefighter Isaac Abdala near helicopter and helitorch

Senior Firefighter Isaac Abdala chronicles his experience at Fishlake National Forest to become qualified to support helitorch missions for prescribed fires on the San Bernardino National Forest.

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Souvenirs available: if you put some muscle into it!

Summer McElroy and Kimberly Bechtol use a crosscut saw to cut a round of wood for a souvenir

The San Gorgonia Wilderness Association hosted the 2023 Forest Festival at Barton Flats Visitor Center in the San Bernardino National Forest, Aug. 19. The beloved partner of the forest is a non-profit organization staffed by volunteers, who help conserve the San Gorgonio Wilderness within the forest’s boundary. But on that Saturday, the organization’s volunteers came in from the trails to put on a show that has been a staple of the forest (except during the Covid-19 pandemic) and a public favorite for approximately 40 years.

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