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
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.
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.