Father's Day Trip? How about Big Bear?

Father's Day is fast approaching (Sunday, June 21st) and both fathers and mothers have been tested to capacity with stay at home orders, helping with home schooling, working from home as well as dealing with kids 24/7.

Is a break from everything deserved? Absolutely.

Travel still presents some unanswered questions and taking lengthy vacations may not be feasible as many businesses need their employees to work during this re-opening phase. Our recommendation? Go to Big Bear for 3 or 4 days - here's why we think its a great option and the perfect getaway for individuals, couples and especially families:

  1. Proximity: Big Bear is close to San Diego at approximately a 2 1/2 hour drive.

  2. The town is pretty much 'open'. The City of Big Bear Lake has elected not to enforce any 'stay-at-home' orders. While this presents both positives and negatives, at least there is a choice.

  3. Open space: Big Bear has some amazing primitive (free!) camp sites, most of which are located in the wooded areas, so there is plenty of shade. They are close to the hiking paths and bike trails too.

  4. The Lake: Boat rentals are open for business, so it's easy to get out on the lake and still be socially-distant responsible ... other boats are unlikely to get within 6 feet of you out there!

  5. It has become a really nice place for a short vacation. In the past, Big Bear had a reputation for being a little 'low rent'. However, that has changed and the town and surrounding areas now cater to those looking for a luxury few days away from their busy lives.

Lodging in Big Bear

Vacation rentals will be operating at limited occupation capacity and will likely still be limiting to those only from the same household (i.e. no large, mixed groups).


Developed and remote camping - including Yellow Post sites - are open. Regular 14 day maximum applies per site. You must carry a Campfire Permit and abide by any road closures. Find statuses on San Bernardino campsites and statuses on forest road closures

The following developed recreation sites are open as of May 22:

• Barton Flats Campground

• Big Pine Flat Family Campground

• Crab Flats Family Campground

• Dogwood Family Campground

• Green Valley Family Campground

• Hanna Flat Family Campground

• Heart Bar Family Campground

• Holcomb Valley Campground

• Jenks Lake Day Use Area

• North Shore Campground

• Pineknot Family Campground

• San Gorgonio Family Campground

• Serrano Campground

• South Fork Family Campground

• Wildhorse Equestrian Campground


1. Reservations can be made through except for Big Pine Family, Holcomb Big and South Fork, which are first-come, first-serve only.

2. Double sites at campgrounds are limited to 10 people maximum during this time.

3. Shower facilities, which are located at Barton Flats, Dogwood, San Gorgonio, Serrano and Wildhorse campgrounds, are not available at this time.

Whenever possible, please recreate locally. Visitors should practice self-sufficiency when visiting national forests and come prepared with all the essentials needed for a day trip, including food, emergency supplies, and the ability to pack-out trash. Remember to recreate responsibly by keeping the following in mind:

• Maintaining at least six feet distancing from others

• Do not gather in groups and please follow the latest guidance from officials

• Communicate with others as you pass. Alert trail users of your presence and step aside to let others pass

• Pack out your trash and leave with everything you bring in and use.

Some services may not be available, so please plan accordingly.

If you'd like to take a few days in Big Bear, would like to do some dispersed/remote or even regular camping, let us know. We will provide a fully kitted out Jeep, complete with Roof Top Tent (sleeps a family of 4) and send you to some of the better, but unknown spots in Big Bear. all you have to do is arrive, pick up your Jeep and drive!

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