Horse Springs Campground

Big Bear Lake - San Bernardino National Forest

Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake
Attractions and Activities

Beautiful Big Bear Lake attracts visitor from far and wide. Campers at Horse Springs Campground are far from the busy shores of the lake, but still close enough to drive over for a visit.

  • Take advantage of many boat rentals for fishing and water skiing at Big Bear Lake.
  • Enjoy a restful day on the water paddleboarding, canoeing, and kayaking.
  • From your camp, head out for a day of mountain biking or road cycling.
  • In the summer Snow Summit has scenic Sky Chairlift rides, sight-seeing, hiking, mountain biking, and golf.
  • Don't overlook the informative Big Bear Discovery Center for complete information about forest activities.
  • 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 fascinating Big Bear Historical Museum.
  • Play tennis and golf.
  • For even more excitement, head out to Action Zipline Tours.

Key Horse Springs Campground Regulations

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

Horse Springs Campground

Horse Springs Campground is in the San Bernardino National Forest, about 12 miles north of Fawnskin and Big Bear Lake. Despite its name, it is not a horse camp. The small, remote campground is composed of 11 sites, all first come, first served. The campground has no potable water. Campsites are set in a cluster of juniper and pine trees in a high desert environment. OHV routes are nearby.

Plan on a slow drive over a bumpy dirt road to reach the campground. Horse Springs Campground is open year-round, but it would be wise to check with the Big Bear Discovery Center at Big Bear Lake before venturing out the road to the campground. (909) 382-2790

Horse Springs Campground Basics
Horse Springs Campground Location: 12 miles north of Fawnskin and Big Bear Lake
Elevation: 5,750 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: 119 miles east of Los Angeles - 2:35
Number of Campsites: 11
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: $10
Check-in, check-out: any time, Noon

Horse Springs 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 Horse Springs Campground: Visit Coxey Meadow. Take advantage of nearby OHV routes in the Juniper Flats area. Drive to Big Bear Lake for great fishing and boating along with interpretive programs.

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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