Big Bear Lake - General and Geography Facts

Big Bear Lake lies in a valley, unsurpassed in mountain beauty, towering pines, sparkling streams, hidden lakes and abundant wildlife. Surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest, Big Bear Lake cabins are a year-round playground for winter and summer sports enthusiasts, as well as a refuge for city dwellers to relax in one of our cabin rentals and enjoy the beauty of the majestic pine trees that cover the landscape, the abundant wildlife, the wildflowers in the spring, and the snow in the winter.

To the millions of tourists who visit this forested paradise every year, Big Bear Lake offers world-class snowboarding, skiing, hiking, biking, boating, fishing and entertainment for the whole family. In the winter, our cabins are a favorite with young and old who come to play in the snow - making snowmen, sledding and tobogganing are just some of the fun things to do. Our cabin rentals are located in San Bernardino County about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles (approx. 2 hours drive), 111 miles from Beverly Hills (approx. 2 hours 20 min. drive) and 29 miles from San Bernardino (approx. 45min. drive).

History of Big Bear Lake

In 1845, Benjamin Wilson was on an expedition to the Mohave River. When he passed through the San Bernardino Mountain range he accidentally discovered the mountain resort now called Big Bear. The name was not always Big Bear though. It was originally named Bear Valley, chosen because of the many grizzlies that roamed the area.

There were many animals living in this area; grizzly bears, beavers, birds, and many other animals attracted more and more people to Bear Valley for gaming. Little time passed and gold was discovered in nearby mountains. This triggered a small gold rush in the Bear Valley. Enough prospectors came to the area in the hunt for gold and silver ore that the Bear Valley Mining District was founded.

Big Bear Lake Cabins for Rent

This beautiful area is now the site of Big Bear cabin rentals, four fully equipped mountain cabins near the lake. All have a spa, high speed internet access, fully stocked kitchen, and much more, as well as easy access to the lake, Snow Summit, and the village. With this incredible location, Big Bear cabin rentals are the perfect location for a relaxing family vacation, or romantic getaway.
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