Big Bear Discovery Center Your Gateway to Adventure and Discovery!


The Discovery Center is an educational and informational portal to the San Bernardino National Forest and is located within the heart of the Big Bear Valley. This nearby mountain retreat is a one- to three-hour drive from anywhere in Southern California. The Center’s goal is to heighten the public’s awareness on becoming a more responsible caretaker of a national forest while increasing your enjoyment and knowledge of California’s most recreated forestland.

The Discovering Center offers additional services including:

  • Adventure Passes
  • Hiking & Biking Maps
  • Camping Information
  • Maps of Forest Roads & Off-highway Vehicle Adventures
  • Forest Service Permits
  • Naturalist-led Tours and Interpretive Programs
  • Environmental Education ~ School & Scout groups
  • Adventure Outpost ~ nature-themed gift store

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