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Crestline is a laidback resort community in the rugged San Bernardino mountains within a 90-minute drive of Los Angeles. Situated at an elevation of more than 4,600 feet (1,400 meters), the village experiences four distinct seasons and, with year-round temperatures much colder than the towns and cities down the mountain, attracts cool climate-seeking crowds from the urban centers of Southern California.

After Mormon wagons brought settlers to the crest of the mountain, the area turned into a summer colony "far above the heat of the Valley" and became a vacation camp in 1917 for the employees of the Pacific Electric Company. A decade later, the forested slopes of Crestline gave way to clusters of homes built by early settlers from the Los Angeles area. Today, Crestline is the gateway to the San Bernardino National Forest and a starting point for RV rentals in Crestline to find adventures beyond.

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A Mountain of Adventure Awaits at Crestline

The heart of water-based attraction in Crestline is Lake Gregory, a man-made lake formed from the damming of Houston Creek and named after a Redlands citrus grower. The glistening lake beckons locals and visitors alike with swimming, fishing, kayaking, and boating opportunities. If you want to stay dry but active, stretch your legs on the walking path circling the lake or set off for the photogenic Heart Rock Falls that feature a heart-shaped hole next to the waterfall.

The start of the 71,000-acre San Bernardino National Forest is less than half an hour away by motorhome rental in Crestline. A range of year-round outdoor recreation awaits those who make the journey: hiking, camping, horseback riding, wildlife watching, and skiing are all popular activities. For a larger-than-life hiking adventure, challenge yourself on the Pacific Crest Trail, 2,600 miles in its entirety but only a bite-size 30-mile National Scenic Trail accessible within the forest. If you'd rather explore the area in your Crestline motorhome rental, discover the lush green forests lining the Rim of the World Scenic Byway or the different ecosystems and serpentine roads of the Palms to Pines Scenic Byway.

Boulders and buttresses, rugged mountains, and trees with zigzaggy branches growing in desert plains come together at the Joshua Tree National Park about two hours away by camper rental in Crestline. Arriving at the park, you’ll be welcomed by the otherworldly landscape formed by the meeting of two distinct deserts. Keep an eye out for brightly colored warblers as they pass through the park, listen to the chorus of coyotes as the sun sets in Black Rock Canyon or dare yourself to walk on a webbing that stretches from one boulder to the next. Black Rock and Cottonwood campgrounds have water, flush toilets and dump stations, so you can bring your Crestline RV trailer rental here for a night or two to fully experience the best the park has to offer.

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Numerous campgrounds and RV parks can be found within 30 miles of Crestline, the closest being San Bernardino National Forest's Dogwood Campground in Rimforest. There are electric hookups, flush toilets, and clean showers. You'll also find picnic furniture, enjoy access to a handful of hiking trails and be within a 10-minute drive of Lake Arrowhead's quaint shopping and fine dining options.

Several full hookup sites for RV rentals in Crestline, California are within a 10-mile radius and are worth exploring if proximity is on the top of your list: San Bernardino RV Park (close to shopping and services, modern restrooms, mature tropical landscaping), Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area (showers, fishing), and Mojave River Forks Regional Park (hot showers, dump stations, access to the Pacific Coast Trail) are some of the few to consider.

There's a Walmart store in San Bernardino where an overnight stay in their parking lot, with the store manager's approval, may be available. You’ll also find a few grocery stores and gas stations in Crestline and in nearby Lake Arrowhead.

Lakefront Beauty Meets Old World Charm

Crestline comes alive during national holidays when locals and visitors alike converge in Lake Gregory for a variety of activities like town parades, yard sales, and fishing derbies. Independence Day, Labor Day, and Memorial Day are especially festive in Crestline. Any other time of the year, Lake Gregory is a magnet for golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, ospreys, and several other species that birdwatchers would be delighted to tick off their list.

Mexican and Chinese cuisine and fast food fares are on offer in Crestline. For fine dining, gourmet American and American comfort food, you'd have to make the short trip in your Crestline travel trailer rental to the charming village of Lake Arrowhead. Quaint shops abound here so if you’re on the hunt for boutique jewelry or décor, invest some time into browsing the shops. Step into an art gallery and admire the wilderness and naturalist art mostly produced by local artists.

Lake Arrowhead's high-altitude location and Swiss chalets give it an air of Old World charm, creating a fantastic backdrop for their summer Art and Wine Festival. Children would love it here for its winter-themed amusement park and the adventurous will find its year-round mountain biking trails hard to resist. For a gentler way to enjoy the scenery, plan for a lake tour aboard a paddlewheeler.

Venture farther beyond the San Bernardino mountains when you book an RV rental in Crestline, CA. The San Bernardino mountains are part of the Sand to Snow National Monument, a protected land encompassing both the montane and desert habitats of the surrounding area. It’s becoming rarer to see a plant kingdom consisting of chaparral, coniferous forest, oak woodland, and alpine ecosystems all in one place, and now is the time to experience one of the most botanically rich regions in the United States.

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Popular nearby hiking trails and campgrounds

  • Hiking TrailLocation
  • Lake Gregory Trail, CACrestline, CA
  • Heart Rock Trail, CAAl Guhin Park, CA
  • The Arrowhead, CASan Bernardino National Forest, CA
  • Miller Canyon Trail, CASilverwood Lake State Recreation Area, CA
  • Black Oak Picnic Area to Jamajab Point, CASilverwood Lake State Recreation Area, CA
  • Sugarpine Mountain Trail, CASilverwood Lake State Recreation Area, CA
  • Pilot Rock Truck Trail, CASilverwood Lake State Recreation Area, CA
  • Rim of the World Scenic Byway: San Bernardino to Redlands, CASan Bernardino National Forest, CA
  • Blue Jay Canyon Nature Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY], CASan Bernardino National Forest, CA
  • Arrowhead Pinacles Trail, CASan Bernardino National Forest, CA

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