Recreation

Individual standing on mountain looking at horizon.During the inception of national forest reserves in the late 1800s, the San Bernardino National Forest was recognized as one of the premier forests for recreation, and a top destination for people to escape their urban lives for a peaceful retreat in the mountains.

Now, with hundreds of miles of nationally recognized hiking trails, seven designated Wildernesses, 42 campgrounds, four winter recreation resorts, seven wild and scenic rivers, the two tallest mountains in Southern California, and one of the best destinations for off-highway vehicle riding, there is more than a lifetime of activities to do on the San Bernardino National Forest.

Which adventure will you choose next?

Recreation Fee Information

The Recreation Fee Program, which includes the Adventure Pass, helps conserve, protect, and restore natural and heritage resources. Follow this link to a map of the Recreation Fee Locations and more information on the Recreation Fee Program.

Need to Purchase an Adventure Pass?

Look at the map below to see where the closest location is to purchase a pass.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
1N09 Recreational Shooting Sites Closed to Visitor Closed due to current Fire Restrictions. 
Applewhite Campground   
  • Will be closed weekly Tuesday at 2 p.m. for maintenance and cleaning. Reopens 8 a.m. on Thursdays.
  • 35 of the 40 sites are currently open. The remaining sites are closed due to hazard trees.
Applewhite Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Arrastre Recreational Shooting Site 1 Closed to Visitor Target Shooting will be prohibited beginning June 23, 2021.
Arrastre Recreational Shooting Site 2 Closed to Visitor Target Shooting will be prohibited beginning June 23, 2021.
Arrowhead Fish & Game - Shooting Range Open to Visitor
Aspen Grove Trail 2E05 Open to Visitor A portion of the trail was burned over in the 2015 Lake Fire. Potential hazards include falling trees and limbs, loose rocks and ash pits. Portions of the trail may be damaged or blocked with debris.
Baldy Mesa (Trestles) OHV Staging Area Open to Visitor Camping and campfires prohibited. Charcoal barbeques not allowed at this time.
Baldy Mesa OHV Road 3N21 Open to Visitor
Barton Flats Family Campground Open to Visitor
Bee Canyon OHV Road 5S07 Open to Visitor Open.  Please pack out all trash.
Bee Canyon Recreational Shooting Sites Closed to Visitor Closed.
Big Bear Valley Sportsman's Club - Shooting Range Open to Visitor
Big Bear Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor Campfires, including grill/barbeque fires, will be prohibited beginning June 23, 2021.
  • North Shore Yellow Post Sites status- Sites #1, #2, #3 & #4 are located behind locked gates and are hike-in only. All other yellow post sites are open. Availability can be limited.
Big Pine Flat Equestrian Group Campground Open to Visitor Campfires, including grill/barbeque fires, will be prohibited beginning June 23, 2021.
Big Pine Flat Family Campground Open to Visitor First Come/First Serve - No Reservations
Big Pine Flat Recreational Shooting Site # 1 Closed to Visitor Target Shooting will be prohibited beginning June 23, 2021.
Big Pine Flat Recreational Shooting Site # 2 Closed to Visitor Target Shooting will be prohibited beginning June 23, 2021.
Big Pine Flat Recreational Shooting Site # 3 Closed to Visitor Target Shooting will be prohibited beginning June 23, 2021.
Black Mountain Fire Lookout Open to Visitor

Due to Covid19 for the safety of our volunteers and the general public, visitors are not allowed on the tower when it is manned. 

Black Mountain Group Campground Open to Visitor Open
Black Mountain Trail 2E35 Open to Visitor Trail begins 1.3 miles south of Vista Grande Fire Station.
Black Mountain Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor Campfire permits are required for any type of fire use - campfires, or stoves. Campfires may not be allowed certain times of the year. Click here for current fire restriction information.
Boo Hoff Trail Open to Visitor Please report trail conditions to (760) 862-9984
Boulder Basin Campground Open to Visitor Campfire permits are required for any type of fire use - campfires, or stoves. Campfires may not be allowed certain times of the year. Click here for current fire restriction information.
Butler Peak Fire Lookout Closed to Visitor Forest Service Roads 2N13 & 2N13B are closed to vehicle use due to major winter storm damage. This Forest Order is effective from November 1, 2020, through October 31, 2021.  
Buttercup Group Campground Open to Visitor Campfires, including grill/barbeque fires, will be prohibited beginning June 23, 2021.
Cactus Spring Trail 5E01 Open to Visitor Please report trail conditions to (760) 862-9984
Cahuilla Mountain Trail 2E45 Open to Visitor Please report trail conditions to Idyllwild Ranger Station (909) 382-2921.
Carumba Trail 3E04 Open to Visitor This is a connector trail in the San Jacinto Wilderness.  The Caramba trail is not maintained from the Skunk Cabbage junction to Laws junction.  
Cedar (Laws) Trail 3E16 Open to Visitor This is a connector trail. the trail has been unmaintained since the Mountain Fire.
Cedar Springs Trail 4EI7 Open to Visitor
Clark's Ranch Yellow Post Site Open to Visitor
Cleghorn Ridge OHV Road 2N47 Open to Visitor No "Red Sticker" vehicles - May 1 through September 30
Climbers Trail 3E06 to Suicide Rock Open to Visitor
Coldwater Canyon Yellow Post Sites Closed to Visitor Due to storm damage on Forest Road 3N06, this campground is not reachable by vehicle.
Coon Creek Cabin Group Campground Open to Visitor Campfires, including grill/barbeque fires, will be prohibited beginning June 23, 2021.
Coon Creek Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor Campfires, including grill/barbeque fires, will be prohibited beginning June 23, 2021.
Crab Flats Family Campground Open to Visitor Campfires, including grill/barbeque fires, will be prohibited beginning June 23, 2021.
Dark Canyon Campground Closed to Visitor Closed, due to heavy storm damage. 
Deep Creek Open to Visitor A portion of the creek is closed between Splinters Cabin and Devils Hole, including Splinters Cabin Road (3N34C) and Hook Creek Road (2N26Y). More information can be read in the press release.
Deep Creek Hot Springs Open to Visitor No overnight camping or campfires. PACK IT IN AND PACK IT OUT! No trash service or restrooms available.
Deer Hunt Zone 19 - San Jacinto / Santa Rosa Mtns Open to Visitor You are responsible to know the Hunting dates for the current year.
Deer Hunt Zone D19 - San Jacinto / Santa Rosa Mtns Open to Visitor Season ends November 1, 2020.
Deer Springs Trail to Suicide Rock 3E17 to 3E33 Open to Visitor
Desert Front OHV Road 3N24 Open to Visitor
Devils Slide Trail 3E05 Open to Visitor Devil's Slide trail is currently limited on weekends. 
Dogwood Family Campground Open to Visitor
East Indian Creek OHV Road 4S10 Open to Visitor
Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail 3E07 Open to Visitor Humber parking lot completely open.  Do not park along the road, pay attention to parking signs.
Falls Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Farview Point Open to Visitor Black Mountain road is open.
Fern Basin Campground Open to Visitor Campfire permits are required for any type of fire use - campfires, or stoves. Campfires may not be allowed certain times of the year. Click here for current fire restriction information.
Fish Creek Trail 1W07 Open to Visitor A portion of the trail was burned over in the 2015 Lake Fire. Potential hazards include falling trees and limbs, loose rocks and ash pits. Portions of the trail may be damaged or blocked with debris.
Fobes Trail 4E04 Open to Visitor
Forsee Creek Trail 1E06 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the El Dorado Fire Emergency Closure Order 05-12-00-20-17 expires October 8, 2021 for public safety.
Fuller Mill Creek Picnic Area Open to Visitor Open
Fuller Ridge Trail Open to Visitor Black Mountain road is open. 
Gobbler's Knob Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor
Goff Flat Yellow Post Site Open to Visitor No wood or charcoal fires allowed at this time.  Portable stoves are allowed that have a shut off valve, with a valid California Campfire/Stove permit.  Campfire permits are required for any type of fire use - campfires, or stoves. Campfires may not be allowed certain times of the year. Click here for current fire restriction information.
Gray's Peak Group Campground Closed to Visitor Forest Service Roads 2N13 & 2N13B are closed to vehicle use due to major winter storm damage. This Forest Order is effective from November 1, 2020, through October 31, 2021.  
Grays Peak Trail 1W06 Open to Visitor

Hikers have foot access to the trailhead. Parking lot and restrooms are closed. Please pack in and pack out, there are no trash services. Public may park outside of the parking lot, please do not block the gates. Be sure to park safely on shoulder inside white line.

 

Green Spot Equestrian Group Open to Visitor Campfires, including grill/barbeque fires, will be prohibited beginning June 23, 2021.
Green Valley Family Campground Open to Visitor
Grout Bay Picnic Area Closed to Visitor
Hanna Flat Family Campground Open to Visitor
Heart Bar Equestrian Group Campground Open to Visitor Campfires, including grill/barbeque fires, will be prohibited beginning June 23, 2021.
Heart Bar Family Campground Open to Visitor
Holcomb Valley Campground Open to Visitor
Humber Park Trailhead Parking Open to Visitor Humber parking lot is completely open.  Do not park along the road, pay attention to parking signs.  
Indian Canyon OHV Road 4S06 Open to Visitor
Indian Mountain OHV Road 4S21 Open to Visitor Black diamond trail. 
Jenks Lake Day Use Area Open to Visitor Low water level. No fish stocking. Beautiful picnic area. No swimming.
Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail Open to Visitor
Juan Diego OHV Road 6S89 Open to Visitor No "Red Sticker" vehicles - June 1 through September 30
Juniper Springs Group Campground Open to Visitor Campfires, including grill/barbeque fires, will be prohibited beginning June 23, 2021.
Keller Peak Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor
  • Campfires, including grill/barbeque fires, will be prohibited beginning June 23, 2021.
  • Trail of the Phoenix: Bathroom closed.
Lake Fulmor Day Use Area Open to Visitor Campfire permits are required for any type of fire use - campfires, or stoves. Campfires may not be allowed certain times of the year. Click here for current fire restriction information.
Lake Hemet Day Use Area Open to Visitor Campfire permits are required for any type of fire use - campfires, or stoves. Campfires may not be allowed certain times of the year. Click here for current fire restriction information.
Little Tahquitz Valley Trail 3E41 Open to Visitor
Lobo Group Campground Open to Visitor Campfires, including grill/barbeque fires, will be prohibited beginning June 23, 2021.
Lost Creek Trail 1E09 Open to Visitor A portion of the trail was burned over in the 2015 Lake Fire. Potential hazards include falling trees and limbs, loose rocks and ash pits. Portions of the trail may be damaged or blocked with debris. The trail may be hard to follow at times.
Lost Lake Day Use Area Open to Visitor Please call the Lytle Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2851 (closed Tues/Wed and holidays)
Lytle Creek Firing Line - Shooting Range    Subject to weather related closure. Please call ahead to: (951) 782-7438
Marion Mountain Campground Open to Visitor No wood or charcoal fires at this time. Campfire permits are required for any type of other fire use, such as propane fire rings, lanterns or stoves. Campfires may not be allowed certain times of the year. Click here for current fire restriction information.
Marion Mountain Trail 2E14 Open to Visitor
Mellor Ranch OHV Road 4S05 Open to Visitor
Miller Canyon Creek Open to Visitor
Miller Canyon OHV Connector Trail 3W14 Open to Visitor
Miller Canyon OHV Road 2N37 Open to Visitor
Mission Springs PCT Trail Camp Open to Visitor Campfires, including grill/barbeque fires, will be prohibited beginning June 23, 2021.
Momyer Creek Trail 1E06 Open to Visitor
North Shore Family Campground Open to Visitor
Oso Group Campground Open to Visitor Campfires, including grill/barbeque fires, will be prohibited beginning June 23, 2021.
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Garner Valley to I-10 Open to Visitor Read PCTA's note about conditions for this section.
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Whitewater to Onyx Peak Open to Visitor
Paiute Canyon Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor
Palm Canyon Creek - National Wild & Scenic River Open to Visitor
Palm Canyon Trail 4E01 Open to Visitor
Palms to Pines Scenic Byway Open to Visitor Open
Pilot Fuelbreak OHV Route 2N17X Open to Visitor
Pilot Rock OHV Road 2N33 Open to Visitor
Pilot Rock Ridge OHV Road 2N36 Open to Visitor
Pineknot Family Campground Open to Visitor
Pinnacles OHV Staging Area Open to Visitor Wood and/or charcoal fires or barbecues are not allowed.
Pinnacles Trail 3W16 Open to Visitor
Pinyon Flat Campground Open to Visitor Campfires, including grill/barbeque fires, are currently prohibited. Read the Forest Order for details and exemptions.
Ramona Trail 3E26 Open to Visitor
Red Mountain Fire Lookout Open to Visitor

Due to Covid19 for the safety of our volunteers and the general public, visitors are not allowed on the tower when it is manned. 

Red Mountain OHV Road 6S22 Open to Visitor Red Sticker vehicles allowed October 1st through May 31st.
Ribbonwood Equestrian Campground Open to Visitor Available by reservation only.
San Bernardino Peak Trail 1W07 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the El Dorado Fire Emergency Closure Order 05-12-00-20-17 expires October 8, 2021 for public safety.
San Gorgonio Family Campground Open to Visitor
Santa Ana River Trail 2E03   
Santa Rosa Road (7S02) Open to Visitor Wood and charcoal fires are not allowed at this time.  Campfire permits are required for any type of fire use - campfires, or stoves. Campfires may not be allowed certain times of the year. Click here for current fire restriction information.
Santa Rosa Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor Wood and charcoal fires are not allowed at this time.  Campfire permits are required for any type of fire use - campfires, or stoves. Campfires may not be allowed certain times of the year. Click here for current fire restriction information.
Serrano Family Campground Open to Visitor
Seven Pines Trail 2E13 Open to Visitor The road to the trailhead is closed due to damage from storms, this will add about four extra miles.  Trail has many downed trees 2020.
Skunk Cabbage Trail 3E42 Open to Visitor
South Fork Family Campground Open to Visitor The water system in April 2021 is under repair. Please bring your own water.
South Fork Trail 1E04 Open to Visitor A portion of the trail was burned over in the 2015 Lake Fire. Potential hazards include falling trees and limbs, loose rocks and ash pits. Portions of the trail may be damaged or blocked with debris.
South Ridge Road Open to Visitor No camping, except at one of the three Yellow Post Sites.  Wood and charcoal fires are not allowed at this time.  Campfire permits are required for any type of fire use - campfires, or stoves. Campfires may not be allowed certain times of the year. Click here for current fire restriction information.
South Ridge Trail 3E08 Open to Visitor South Ridge Trail and Road are open.
Spitler Peak Trail 3E22 Open to Visitor
Stockton Flats Yellow Post Sites Closed to Visitor Due to storm damage on Forest Road 3N06, this campground is not reachable by vehicle.
Stone Creek Yellow Post Sites (5S09) Open to Visitor Open.
Stonehouse Yellow Post Site Open to Visitor
Summit OHV Staging Area Open to Visitor Closed for overnight camping. No dispersed camping is currently allowed, due to elevated fire danger (Forest Order No. 05-12-00-20-18).
Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout Closed to Visitor Lookout tower is closed to the public due to COVID.  Due to Covid19 for the safety of our volunteers and the general public, visitors are not allowed on the tower when it is manned. 
Tanglewood Group Campground Open to Visitor

Campfires, including grill/barbeque fires, will be prohibited beginning June 23, 2021.  

Thomas Hunting Grounds Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor
Thurman Flats Picnic Area Closed to Visitor
  • Closed due to El Dorado Fire burn scar and potential for mudslides, including during summer monsoons. For more inormation, read the Forest Order and maps.
  • The area off Kilkare Road next to the picnic area is also closed.
Tool Box Springs Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor Wood and charcoal fires are not allowed at this time.  Campfire permits are required for any type of fire use - campfires, or stoves. Campfires may not be allowed certain times of the year. Click here for current fire restriction information.
Tramway to San Jacinto Peak Open to Visitor Open, by reservation only.
Vivian Creek Trail 1E08 Open to Visitor A portion of the trail was burned over in the 2020 Apple Fire. Potential hazards include falling trees and limbs, loose rocks and ash pits. Portions of the trail may be damaged or blocked with debris.  
Wild Horse Equestrian Campground Open to Visitor
Willow Creek Trail 3E02 Open to Visitor

Spotlights

Rim of the World Snow Play Area

Landscape covered in snow

Sledding, building snowmen, and making snow angels are all a very popular past-time in the San Bernardino Mountains. Visitors are encouraged to recreate in the following areas:

Along State Highway 18, from Crest Park Picnic Area to Switzer Picnic Area

Along State Highway 18, East of Santas Village to just East of Heaps Peak / Allison Ranch Road

Along State Highway 18, from Green Valley Lake Road to the east highway gates in Snow Valley.

Map of Snow Play Areas

Barton Flats Snow Play Area

The Barton Flats snow play area along State Highway 38 is a favorite destination for building snow men, snow angels and tossing snowballs.   The area is defined as the legal parking areas on National Forest along the State Highway from Jenks Lake Road West to Jenks Lake Road East.  Click here to download the map

Sand to Snow National Monument

The 154,000-acre monument extends from Bureau of Land Management lands on the Sonoran desert floor up to over 10,000 feet in the San Gorgonio Wilderness on the San Bernardino National Forest.

The striking diversity of lands within this monument is breathtaking – they are filled with the stories of ancient peoples, soaring mountain peaks, critical wildlife corridors and rich biological diversity. They also offer a wide variety of recreation opportunities for urban populations living close to the shadows of these majestic mountain peaks.  The San Gorgonio Mountain region serves as an important recreational hub for 24 million people living within a two-hour drive of the area.

The Sand to Snow National Monument is co-managed by the U.S. Forest Service (71,000 acres on the San Bernardino National Forest) and the Bureau of Land Management (83,000 acres of the California Desert District). Within the monument boundary, both agencies manage approximately 101,000 acres as Wilderness.

Learn more about the monument:

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