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 wild lands 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

Features

Mountain Yellow-legged Frog Gets a Jump Start in Survival

Adult mountain yellow-legged frog sitting on wet green vegetation

In 2016 the San Bernardino National Forest hosted the active release of hundreds of mountain yellow-legged frogs in two locations in the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains. As part of an aggressive recovery effort for this once near extinct species, several agencies are working together to preserve natural and historic habitat and give the frogs a little boost in population recovery.


The Canyon Fire – A Midnight Success Story

Flames rise from the V-canyon floor and silhouette the trees

The San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF) firefighters are highly skilled and dedicated to their jobs, crews and the communities they serve. This is a story about the firefighters doing their job and doing it well. While most of the large firefighting workforce on the SBNF aren’t named in this story, be assured, they are equally valued and accomplish the same results, nearly each time they respond to a fire call.


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Every Kid in a Park Program and Pass

We are proud to help launch the Every Kid in a Park program, as part of President Obama’s commitment to ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy public lands.

Managing Wildfires

Successfully managing wildfires is a year-round job that requires action before they start, while they are burning, and after they are out.

 




Ecological Restoration: Pacific Southwest Region - An All Lands Approach

Ecological Restoration's goal is to retain and restore ecological resilience of the National Forest to achieve sustainable ecosystems.

Digital Forest Maps for Mobile Devices

The U.S. Forest Service offers access to a variety of visitor maps for people using Android and iOS devices.