Horse Springs Campground

Big Bear Lake - San Bernardino National Forest


Big Bear Lake


Big Bear Lake
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to Big Bear enjoy a variety of activities and scenic places to visit.


Key San Bernardino National Forest Camping Regulations

  1. Bears: Secure food in bear-proof places.
  2. Fires only in fire rings
  3. Quiet Hours: 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM
  4. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times.

Horse Springs Campground

Horse Springs Campground is in the San Bernardino National Forest, about 12 miles north of Fawnskin and Big Bear Lake. 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 forest of scattered Ponderosa pines.

The 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

Campground Basics
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 vehicle, 2nd vehicle $5
Pets: On leash, always attended
Big Bear Discovery Center: (909) 382-2790

Reservations
No Reservations First come, first served
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 30 feet, back in
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $10
Check-in, check-out: sny 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
Nearby attractions: Coxey Meadow, Big Bear Lake with fishing, boating, 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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