Cactus Flat OHV Staging Area

Area Status: Open
Image of Cactus Flat OHV Staging Area with Side-by-side in the foregrounad & 2 ATVs riding leftward

Cactus Flat OHV Staging Area is off of Highway 18, north of Big Bear and south of Lucerne Valley. Look for Forest Road 3N03 and go southeast, following the signs to the staging area. There is a vault toilet and a couple of picnic tables at the staging area along with ample parking and informational signs.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Yellow Warning Triangle Symbol No wood or charcoal fires or barbecues are allowed due to high fire danger. Gas/Propane appliances are permitted with fuel shut-off valve, stoves, fire-rings, etc. CA Campfire Permit: 
Operational Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: U.S. Fee Area Logo An Adventure Pass ($5/day, $30/year) or Interagency Passes are required on vehicles parked at staging area. For more information, please visit our recreation pass page.
Permit Info: California Campfire Permit is required when using propane stoves and lanterns.
Open Season: Open year-round
Restrictions: CA State Parks OHV Must have current registration and operating spark arrestor. You are required by the California Vehicle Code to have a spark arrester, maintained and in effective working order, whenever you are operating your OHV on any forest-covered land, brush-covered land, or grass-covered land.
  • Vehicles on the OHV routes require either a license plate, red, or green sticker. Information for red and green sticker regulations and licensing requirements can be found at
  • No "Red Sticker" vehicles - May 1 through September 30
Closest Towns: Big Bear Lake to the south, Lucerne Valley to the north
Water: None
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Information Center:
Mountain Top Ranger District | Big Bear Discovery Center
40971 North Shore Drive, Highway 38
P.O. Box 69
Fawnskin, CA 92333
1-909-382-2790 Thursday thru Monday. (Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

General Information


Start from Highway 18 (east of Big Bear City). Turn south on Forest Road 3N03. Turn right on Forest Road 3N07Y. Proceed 1/4 mile to the staging area.

General Notes:

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


OHV Camping

Propane stoves and lanterns are allowed with a California Campfire Permit. Campfires and/or Barbeque grills (wood and charcoal) are not allowed.

Current Conditions: Campfires and/or Barbeque grills (wood and charcoal) are not allowed.

OHV Road Riding

OHV Trail Riding


Interpretive Site:
Picnic tables: 2 tables

Related Information

Recreation Areas

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