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Nestled into the San Bernardino Mountains, snow-fed Big Bear Lake is a popular spot for anyone embarking on a road trip through California’s picturesque mountains. Located just off Route 18, Big Bear Lake is easily reached from San Bernardino or Victorville and is less than a two-hour drive from much-loved Los Angeles.

Big Bear Lake and its surrounding areas were once a gold miner’s paradise. A man named William Holcomb first discovered the area’s gold-bearing properties in 1860. Whilst out tracking a bear’s blood trail, Holcomb was lead to a creek filled with specks of gold. This marked the beginning of Southern California’s largest gold rush and bought masses of people and investors to the area.

Nowadays, all that remains of this gold mining era are disused structures and relics hidden among the pine forests. More popular today, are the myriad of recreational activities available on the lake itself. Book an RV in San Bernardino County for your next getaway!

Getting Outdoors

Although Big Bear Lake can be enjoyed at any time of the year, the winter and summer months are by far the best time to enjoy the myriad of activities that the lake has to offer.

When you rent a camper at Big Bear Lake during the summer, it is possible to enjoy many different watersports. With over 7-miles of the lake to enjoy, there is room for everybody to try a spot of kayaking, canoeing, jet skiing or parasailing. For those that have bought their own boat with them, launch it on to the lake using one of the public launch boat areas. Alternatively, rent a vessel from the parks marina for either half-day, full-day or multi-day use. While out on the water, why not try your hand at fishing for some of the lakes trout, bass or catfish. A modern addition to the lake is the Alpine Water Slide where visitors can pay a small fee for an exhilarating ride down the slide and into a heated pool!

Any visitors that are motorhome camping in Big Bear Lake during the winter months should be ready to wrap up warm! Sitting at an altitude of over one mile, Big Bear Lake sees heavy snowfall as early as October and as late as April, making it the ideal environment for ice fishing, skiing, and snowboarding. Operating as a ski-town since 1925, a day spent skiing on either Snow Summit Mountain or Bear Mountain is by far the most popular activity. Alternatively, head down to the less populated Big Bear Lake for a spot of ice fishing. The ice is not monitored here, so do remember to take every safety precaution and check the thickness of the ice along the way!

Hiking is an activity that can be enjoyed no matter what season you are camping with an RV near Big Bear Lake. With several different trails to choose from, all of the varying difficulty levels, visitors can opt for a trail that caters to their personal fitness. The Castle Rock Trail is one of the popular hikes to tackle. This 2.7-mile, easy-moderate trail sees steep elevation at the beginning but quickly plateaus to reward walkers with stunning panoramic views over Big Bear Lake and neighboring mountains.

Camping at Big Bear Lake

Camping near Big Bear Lake could not be easier thanks to the multitude of RV Parks and campgrounds scattered along the edge of the lake. Consider setting up camp with your rental RV at Holloway’s Marina and RV Park for some of the best boat rental facilities and direct access to the water. The park is just a five-minute drive or twenty-minute scenic stroll into the town of Big Bear Lake and offers full hook up facilities for every site as well as modern washrooms.

Those hoping for a remote motorhome camping experience consider staying at the Serrano Campground. Nestled into the pines on the northern shores of Big Bear Lake, this campground is a slightly more primitive affair, with no hookup facilities on offer. Instead, campers can use the onsite washroom facilities complete with hot showers and flushing toilets.

Exploring the Area

You don’t need to wander far from the Big Bear Lake to explore some of the other attractions in the area. In fact, some of the most fascinating and exciting attractions are located in the town of Big Bear Lake itself.

The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a must-visit for anyone camping in an RV near Big Bear Lake. The zoo opened its doors as a rehabilitation center after a devastating fire swept through the San Bernardino National Forest in 1959. Providing a safe-haven for injured animals, once rehabilitated, the center would release the animals back into the wild. The zoo gradually grew over time and now comprises of a series of enclosures that represent over eighty different species. Take a visit with the family to learn about these animals and the zoo’s past and future conservation efforts.

Sitting so high up in the mountains, Big Bear Lake boasts some of the clearest skies in California. It is no surprise then that there is a huge solar observatory located there. Opened in 1997 and run by a private company, the observatory opens its doors to the public throughout the year and can be explored via a free guided tour. Do make sure to call ahead as these tours have limited capacity and fill up surprisingly quickly!

For any history buffs renting an RV nearby, the Big Bear Valley Historical Museum is a must-visit. Open seasonally; this museum celebrates the area’s rich and varied history. Learn about the first people to inhabit the area, the gold miners who unearthed their riches here and the winter sporting professionals who founded their passion for skiing here. Whilst adults peruse fascinating exhibitions; kids can pan for gold or enjoy interactive blacksmith demonstrations.

RV Rentals in Big Bear Lake, CA

Big Bear Lake, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Big Bear Lake. Outdoorsy's Big Bear Lake RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Big Bear Lake, CA

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Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Pine Knot Trail to Grand View Point San Bernardino National Forest, CA
Town Trail Big Bear Lake, CA
Bertha Peak Trail San Bernardino National Forest, CA
Alpine Pedal Path Trail Big Bear Lake, CA
Snow Summit Trail San Bernardino National Forest, CA
Delamar Mountain Trail San Bernardino National Forest, CA
Cougar Crest Trail San Bernardino National Forest, CA
Holcomb Valley Road Big Bear Lake, CA
Woodland Trail San Bernardino National Forest, CA
Alpine Pedal Path Big Bear Lake, CA

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
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Barstow / Calico KOA San Bernardino County, CA
Tucalota Springs RV Resort & Campground Riverside County, CA
Calico Ghost Town Campground San Bernardino County, CA
Los Angeles / Pomona / Fairplex KOA Los Angeles County, CA
Canyon RV Park Orange County, CA
Pechanga RV Resort Riverside County, CA

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Recommendations for Big Bear Lake, CA from Outdoorsy Owners

Great place for the family to Hike, swim, sightseeing, campfires all under the stars. Campgrounds have space for tents. Partial hookups but clean restrooms with showers close by.

Sep 20, 2019

Big Bear is a very beautiful, historical and quaint resort location. The town is warm and offers fun family events all summer season. So many activities and a great way to get away & enjoy!

Apr 16, 2018

A secret beauty within 90 min of LA. Camp next to a flowing river at 6500 feet and feel like you are hundreds of miles away from anyone else. If you can, get campsite 12. It's the best.

Quiet Sleep Under The Stars Family Friendly Most Beautiful
Aug 15, 2017

Visit Lake Arrowhead Village in the summer, and enjoy Friday and Saturday night concerts under the stars! Shopping, dining, hiking; even a paddleboat tour around the Lake. Two camprounds nearby.

Fishing Kid-friendly Sightseeing Overnight Day trip
Apr 3, 2017