Ancient trees surround each site in the Holcomb Valley Campground—just north of Big Bear Lake—giving this pastoral area an air of solemnity and seclusion. Named for a grizzly hunter-cum-gold prospector in 1862, this idyllic location is busting at the seams with archeological treasures and artifacts from years past, so packing in/packing out is essential. Be sure to bring more than enough water for everyone (the nearest refill is a few miles away).

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
19 sites
Up to guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
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 Holcomb Valley Campground.

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Michael W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 17th, 2015

Attendant are super nice. We stayed a couple nights, and loved it. Pit toilets weren't bad. If you can do without the fire rings and the pits, there is plenty of free NF camping in the area.

Great views of the night sky, right from camp. This is looking north of the campground.Great riding. Lots of roads to explore.
Hipcamper Max J.
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November 27th, 2018
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August 29th, 2018
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May 30th, 2017
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April 18th, 2017
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April 1st, 2017
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March 27th, 2017
San Bernardino National Forest
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34.303° N, 116.896° W
Tent / RV / Trailer: 19 Sites
(Up to people per site)

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