They don’t call it the Rim of the World for nothing. Winding more than 100 miles through the San Bernardino Mountains, this scenic byway boasts some of the best views in Southern California. And just off the route lies Barton Flats Campground, offering a few awe-inspiring vistas of its own. Just 25 miles from Big Bear Lake, this family-friendly campground—featuring dozens of single and double sites for campers and RVers alike—is a prime spot for hikers hitting the Santa Ana River Trail, the Jenks Lake Trail, and the Rio Monte Trail. Canoers and kayakers, meanwhile, can dip a paddle in nearby Jenks Lake, where fishermen can be found trolling the waters for rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
52 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Bikers can hit all the roads in this forest. We recommend the Arctic Canyon Overlook for the experienced cyclists looking for a...Read more


When the weather just gets too hot, there’s no better place to take refuge than in the San Bernardino National Forest. There ar...Read more


Looking to cast a line? You can, in several lakes and many of the streams! Big Bear Lake is famous for the annual May Trout Cla...Read more


With all of the high peaks and mountain ranges here, there are many moderate and difficult hikes in this forest. Hiking the San...Read more

Horseback riding

Horseback riding is allowed on all National Forest trails-- that means you can venture through all of the wilderness areas, inc...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

Get those wheels dirty and head on over to San Bernardino to get away from city traffic. Popular runs include John Bull, Holoco...Read more


The San Gorgonio Wilderness is the perfect place to go mountain climbing, which must be why it’s so popular! Jepson Peak offers...Read more

Snow sports

Your opportunities for national forest fun are endless in the winter. You can find skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tubing, snow...Read more


Swimmers can jump right into Big Bear Lake and some of the Lake Arrowhead lakes, where you can spend the day in the water or do...Read more

Wildlife watching

You can spot wildlife just about everywhere, with the usual raccoons and squirrels, woodland creatures left and right, along wi...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Barton Flats Campground.

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Hipcamper David
David Y.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 17th, 2015

Take the hike to Jenks Lake while you're here. It's less than an hour hike uphill and very much worth it!

Jenks Lake is just a short hike away (45 min to 1 hour uphill trail), a must see.Sun setting behind the trees, a view from our campsite #40.Morning light... most campsites are shades by tall trees.Trail to Jenks Lake, best taken earlier in the morning to keep it cool.
Hipcamper Vivian
Vivian S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 29th, 2015

This is a very nice campsite. The showers were a plus and really well kept, cant complain about that. Jenks lake trail is nearby and a good challenge.

Hipcamper Curtis
Curtis C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
February 5th, 2016

Great campground. An easy drive from the LA and OC area. Close to Big Bear. We used a group camp site that provided lots of room for tents and space to play.

Hipcamper Curtis
Curtis C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
February 5th, 2016

Great campground. An easy drive from the LA and OC area. Close to Big Bear. We used a group camp site that provided lots of room for tents and space to play.

Hipcamper Ian
Ian W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 11th, 2016

Great campsite, bathrooms and showers are well kept. Convenient bear storage for food, etc. at each campsite. The camp supervisor was also very friendly (unfortunately I forgot her name). Short hike to beautiful Jenks Lake and relatively short drive to the beautiful but overcrowded & unfortunately littered Big Falls.

Not a bad view to wake up toJenks Lake
Hipcamper Nathan
Nathan M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 17th, 2016

Very well kept campground, excellent job by the camp hosts in early summer of 2016. Be aware - for RV campers, there is a $5 charge to use the dump station, even if you camped there, it does accept credit cards.

Hipcamper Cruz
Cruz B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 29th, 2016

Awsome beauty at this campground and its sorroundings like jenks lake and all the hiking trails. However, if you relish camping and the quiet stillness of the forest..youll go crazy with the amount of amature or maybe they just dont care campers, from doing dishes at the water spigots to not picking up after their dogs but the worst is the amount of careless people who are loud way into the night usually young drunk adults playing beer pong...the host do nothing to quiet them... the the showers were nice, the bathrooms get crowded in the morning... people doing there whole bathroom routine in them. And thats my nugget..Id go back

Hipcamper Jordan
Jordan L.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 29th, 2019

10/10 would recommend this campground. First off the camp hosts were so welcoming and friendly. They were beyond knowledgable and helpful with any questions we had. The bathrooms were always clean and supplied with toilet paper. Location was perfect, we stopped by Big Bear on our way home - such a beautiful drive!

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March 1st, 2017
San Bernardino National Forest
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34.172° N, 116.875° W
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 52 Sites
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