Welcome to the San Bernardino National Forest

Visit Your Forest

Only a few miles from the Inland Empire, the High Desert and Coachella Valley, we are located in both San Bernardino and Riverside County. Hike, bike, camp, snowshoe, drive your OHV or enjoy the streams, creeks and waterfalls—get out here. You’ll enjoy it.

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Return to Baseline Fire Restrictions

As of Feb. 2, 2024, Forest Order No. 05-12-00-24-02 has initiated a return to baseline fire restrictions. The order is in effect through Dec. 31, 2024.

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.


  • Angelus Oaks Broadcast Burn

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    A one-day broadcast burn near Angelus Oaks, Calif., was conducted by our Fire personnel, Jan. 18. The Rx is part of 20+ years of consistent, meticulous work that has provided community defense and improved forest health. The story highlights the fuels officer who served as the burn boss, his burn boss trainees, the work by the wildland firefighters and some of the people in the community.

  • Campground Prospectus

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    The San Bernardino National Forest has started the process for solicitation of proposals for a concession special use permit for recreation facilities on the Front Country and Mountaintop Ranger districts with the publication of a prospectus.

  • Prepare for Rainy and Winter Weather Conditions on the Forest

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    If traveling during this storm and upcoming ones, prepare for your regular drive and for visits to the forest. Flash floods, slippery/icy roads and poor visibility can impact your travel and safety. Heed tire chain requirements. In addition, wet conditions and lower temperatures can lead to medical distress; prepare with the proper personal gear.

  • "The Bighorn Scoop"

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    Have you heard? No, well get the scoop on the happenings of the San Bernardino National Forest. Find out about our people, projects, prescribed fires, recognitions, shin digs and more with "The Bighorn Scoop," the newsletter of the San Bernardino National Forest.


Is that fog or smoke? Both.

Wildland firefighters use a drip torch to ignite a slash pile at the Grass Valley Prescribed Fire.

Thick fog, drizzly conditions and chilly temperatures. Not the best day to go out, you might say. Well, for wildland firefighters of the San Bernardino National Forest those conditions provided a good day for a pile burn, Dec. 19. That prescribed fire took place on the Mountain Top Ranger District of the forest near Twin Peaks and Lake Arrowhead, Calif., which was covered in fog and sprayed by a light drizzle that day. The burn covered approximately 100 acres of forest west of those communities.

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Showing off their green thumbs

A large group of people gathered for a group photo with Smokey Bear outdoors.

About 25 volunteers participated on National Public Lands Day to help restore a site that had been cleared of vegetation on an unauthorized, off-highway vehicle staging area, Sept. 23. And actually, that day was celebrated around the country by thousands of volunteers helping to clean and restore public, open spaces. Thank you volunteers!

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