Holcomb Valley Campground

Big Bear Lake - San Bernardino National Forest

Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake
Attractions and Activities

Big Bear Lake attracts many visitors to its beautiful shores and many points of interest. Campers at Holcomb Valley Campground are several miles from the lake in a nice pine forest.

  • Go by the Big Bear Discovery Center for complete information about forest activities.
  • Spend a day mountain biking or road cycling.
  • In the summer Snow Summit has scenic Sky Chairlift rides, sight-seeing, hiking, mountain biking, and golf.
  • Enjoy Alpine Slide. They have an alpine slide, a water slide, go-karts, and miniature golf.
  • Trail rides at Baldwin Lake Stables
  • Tour the fascinating Big Bear Historical Museum.
  • Play tennis and golf.
  • For even more excitement, head out to Action Zipline Tours.
  • Find plenty of boat rentals for fishing and water skiing at Big Bear Lake.
  • Head out on the lake paddleboarding, canoeing, and kayaking.

Key Holcomb Valley Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs must be on leash and always attended.
  2. To avoid problems with bears, secure food in bear-proof lockers.
  3. Prevent the spread of invasive insects by obtaining firewood locally.
  4. Campfires are only permitted in provided fire rings.
  5. Quiet Hours are from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM.

Holcomb Valley Campground

Holcomb Valley Campground is in the San Bernardino National Forest, 5 miles north of Big Bear Lake. The small campground is composed of 19 sites, all first come, first served. The campground has no water. Campsites are set among towering Ponderosa pines. Nearby Big Bear Lake has opportunities for boating, waterskiing, swimming, and fishing. Cycling and hiking are popular in the area.

Holcomb Valley Campground is open year-round, but snowy road conditions may close it during parts of the winter. A campground host is on site from mid-May through October.

Holcomb Valley Campground Basics
Holcomb Valley Campground Location: 5 miles north of Big Bear Lake
Elevation: 7,350 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: 118 miles east of Los Angeles - 2:26
Number of Campsites: 19
Open - Closed: year-round
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicles, 2nd vehicle $5
Pets: On leash, always attended
Big Bear Discovery Center: (909) 382-2790

No Reservations First come, first served
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 30 feet, back in
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: standard sites $21
  ($23 on holiday weekends)
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Holcomb Valley Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, - no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets - no water
Showers: at Serrano Campground
Dump station: at Serrano Campground, $10
Attractions near Holcomb Valley Campground: Test your skills rock climbing at nearby Holcomb Valley Pinnacles. Visit a historic gold mining area. The famous Pacific Crest Trail passes 1 mile to the south. Drive to Big Bear Lake for boating, waterskiing, fishing, and swimming.

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.

Campgrounds without Potable Water

The lack of drinking water at a campground can be an inconvenience, especially for those without an RV or travel trailer. The obvious solution is to bring along a 5 or 7 gallon water canister to use for drinking water, dish washing, and even teeth brushing.

Another solution to consider is to use a quality water filter to filter water from a nearby stream or lake, a process backpackers use all the time. While hand pump filters work well, they can become tiresome. A gravity flow filter is really the best solution for campground use. Simply fill the reservoir with water, hang it from a tree limb, and enjoy clean water filling your water jug at a rate of almost ½ gallon a minute.

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