San Bernardino National Forest

Arrowhead Ranger Station

Welcome to the Arrowhead Ranger Station in Skyforest, near Lake Arrowhead on the Rim of the World Scenic Byway A scenic mountain retreat for residents and visitors alike, Montane conifer forest, and abundant recreation opportunities characterize this area.

The west end of the Mountaintop Ranger District is a steep landscape characterized by rounded summits. Elevations range from 4,000 to 8,000 feet. Precipitation ranges from 30 to 40 inches annually, with up to 80 inches of snow falling at the highest elevations. Fog is often present along the rim.

Forests and woodlands are here abound with Coulter pine, canyon live oak, and black oak with scattered stands of juniper and pinyon pine in the northeast. At the higher elevations, Jeffrey pine, ponderosa pine and incense cedar are present. Big cone Douglas fir occupies drainages within the chaparral-covered hillsides and mountain dogwood occupies shaded stream corridors at the higher elevations. Wintering bald eagle day and night roost sites are present on national forest land adjacent to Lake Arrowhead and Silverwood Lake.

Significant historic and prehistoric heritage properties occur here. Rock Camp (a large prehistoric encampment named for its numerous bedrock milling features) is one of the best-known heritage sites in southern California. Historically, the area was an important location of early logging activity and the setting of the "Battle of Indian Hill," the last major encounter between Euro-Americans and Native Americans in southern California.

We are located on Highway 18 between Highway 173 and Arrowhead Villas Road.

Office hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Saturday. Closed all Federal Holidays except Fourth of July.

The Arrowhead Ranger Station provides the following services to the public:

Adventure Passes are available.

All other Permits are available at the Big Bear Ranger Station & Discovery Center only.

Maps, books and Brochures

Forest related gift items

Information on Volunteering on the National Forest

Visitor services are provided in partnership with the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce

Arrowhead Ranger Station
28104 Highway 18
P.O. Box 350
Skyforest, CA 92385
(909) 382-2782 (voice)
(800) 877-8339 (TTY)