San Bernardino National Forest

Big Bear Ranger Station & Discovery Center

Stop by the Big Bear Discovery Center located on the north shore of Big Bear Lake to plan your adventures in the San Bernardino National Forest.

The Big Bear Discovery Center is your gateway to adventure and discovery in the great outdoors. The Center is an educational and informational portal to the San Bernardino National Forest and is located within the heart of the Big Bear Valley. This nearby oasis is a one- to three-hour drive from anywhere in Southern California. Our goal is to ensure your visit to the Big Bear Discovery Center heightens your awareness on how to become a more responsible caretaker of a national forest while increasing your enjoyment and knowledge of California?s most recreated forestland, the San Bernardino National Forest.

The facility is co-managed in partnership with the San Bernardino National Forest Association, a non-profit organization committed to the success of the San Bernardino National Forest.

Located on North Shore Drive (Highway 38) between Fawnskin and Stanfield Cutoff. Look for the Discovery Center Sign on the north side of the highway.

Office hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm Seven days a week (summer hours)

Our Visitor Center provides the following services to the public:

Adventure Passes

Camping Information

Forest related gift items

Group tours and events for private parties and school groups

Information on Volunteering on the National Forest

Maps, books and Brochures

Naturalist-led interpretive programs and events

Wood Cutting Permits for the Mountaintop Ranger District

Big Bear Ranger Station & Discovery Center
41397 North Shore Drive, Highway 38
Fawnskin, CA 92333

Mailing address:

PO Box 290
Fawnskin, CA 92333

(909) 382-2790 (voice)
(800) 877-8339 (TTY)

Directions

Directions from Las Vegas, NV: Take Interstate 15 South for 155 miles. At Barstow, CA get on Barstow Road (Highway 247) and drive south for 33 miles. At Lucerne Valley, get on Highway 18 south and continue for about 20 miles. Continue straight at Greenway Drive where Highway 18 becomes Highway 38. The Discovery Center will be approximately 3 miles on your right. To go to Big Bear Lake, turn left on Stanfield Cutoff, 2.3 miles past the Green Way Drive intersection, and then turn right at the stoplight on Big Bear Boulevard (Highway 18) and continue for 2.5 miles. To drive into Big Bear City, turn left on Green Way Drive rather than continuing straight. Then turn left on Big Bear Boulevard (Highway 38) and continue for 2.3 miles.

Directions from Los Angeles, CA: Take the 10 Freeway east approximately 60 miles to Redlands. Use Forest Route #1 or #2.

Directions from Orange County, CA: Take the 91 Freeway East for 37.5 miles. Exit onto Interstate 10 and continue east for about 5.5 miles. Use Forest Route #1 or #2.

Directions from Palm Springs, CA: Take Interstate 10 west for 34 miles to Redlands and exit at Cypress Avenue. Cross Cypress Avenue and take first left on Citrus Avenue. Take the first right on University, on the edge of the University of Redlands campus, and then turn right on Lugonia Avenue (Highway 38). Continue with Forest Route #2.

Directions from San Diego, CA: Take Interstate 15 North for about 50 miles. Continue north on Interstate 91 for another 41 miles. Exit onto Interstate 10 east for 5.7 miles. Use Forest Route #1 or #2.