Barton Flats Campground

San Bernardino National Forest


Barton Flats


Barton Flats Campground, San Bernardino National Forest, CA

Barton Flats Campground

San Bernardino National Forest
Attractions and Activities

Campers staying at Barton Flats Campground are close to many of the national forest's great attractions.

  • Head over to Jenks Lake for fishing for bass, catfish, bluegill, and rainbow trout.
  • Enjoy the Jenks Lake Day Use Area with restrooms, picnic sites, shore and dock fishing, and hiking.
  • Stop by the Barton Flats Visitor Center and participate in nature walks, interpretive programs, and an astronomy program. Attend the annual Forest Festival held in mid-August.
  • Pick fresh apples in the fall at nearby Stenson Creek Ranch.
  • Drive to Big Bear Lake and take advantage of boat rentals and get out on the lake for fishing, wakeboarding, and waterskiing.
  • Explore the lake's shoreline by paddleboard, canoe, or kayak.
  • Find out about everything around the Big Bear Lake area at the Big Bear Discovery Center
  • Find excellent mountain biking and road cycling opportunities in the area.
  • In the summer Snow Summit has scenic Sky Chairlift rides, sight-seeing, hiking, mountain biking, and golf.
  • Have fun at Alpine Slide. They have an alpine slide, a water slide, go-karts, and miniature golf.
  • Trail rides at Baldwin Lake Stables
  • Tour the interesting Big Bear Historical Museum.
  • Play a set or two of tennis or a round of golf.
  • For even more excitement, head out to Action Zipline Tours.

Key Barton Flats Campground Regulations

  1. Campfires are only permitted in provided fire rings.
  2. Quiet Hours run from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM.
  3. Dogs are required to be on leash and always attended.
  4. Avoid problems with bears by securing food in food lockers.
  5. Prevent the spread of invasive insects by obtaining firewood locally.

Barton Flats Campground

Barton Flats Campground is in the San Bernardino National Forest, 36 miles northeast of the city of San Bernardino. The campground is located off the Rim of the World Scenic Byway. Campers who roll into Barton Flats enjoy fishing at nearby Jenks Lake and along the Santa Ana River. A number of scenic hiking and horseback riding trails can be accessed from the campground, including the Santa Ana River Trail. A wonderful day outing is the 25-mile drive north to popular Big Bear Lake for boating, waterskiing, swimming, and hiking.

Barton Flats Campground has 51 level campsites for RVs, trailers, and tents. The campground is nestled in a mature oak and pine forest. A number of the sites are doubles. All of the sites can be reserved ahead of time. The campground requires a 2-day minimum stay on weekends and 3 days on holiday weekends.

Barton Flats Campground Basics
Barton Flats Campground Location: 28 miles northeast of Redlands on Highway 38
Elevation: 6,360 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: Redlands - 28 miles; 40 minutes
Big Bear Lake - 26 miles; 36 minutes
Number of Campsites: 51
Open - Closed: April - mid-November
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicles, 2nd vehicle $5
Double sites 2nd vehicle free
Pets: On leash, always attended
Big Bear Discovery Center: (909) 382-2790

Reservations for Barton Flats Campground
Reservations available: Reservations are available whenever campground is open, from 24 hours to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: no limit
Accessible Sites: #25, 32, 33, 34
Many facilities are accessible.
Favorite Campsites: #9, 10, 29, 43, 44
Campground Map: Barton Flats Campground Map
Reservations: Barton Flats Campground Reservations
Fees: $29 per night ($31 on holiday weekends)
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Barton Flats Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill, bear-resistant food lockers, no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Yes
Dump station: Yes, $10
Attractions near Barton Flats Campground: Hike the 2½-mile Rio Monte Trail from the campground up to Rio Monte Panorama, overlooking the deep gorge of the Santa Ana River Valley. Hike the Jenks Lake Trail. Enjoy non-motorized boating at Jenks Lake. Fish at Jenks Lake for bass, bluegill, sunfish, and catfish.


General Camping Information

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

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