Destination guide

The simple bear necessities

Are you the sort of person who wants to have it all? A 'have your cake and eat it' type? Well, you'll want to sort yourself out with a Bear Mountain vacation rental right away. Whether your preferred activities take place on land, water, or air; on skis, wheels, or horseback; out in the wilds or in front of the fireplace - pretty much whatever your heart desires is there for the taking in Bear Mountain. The only question is going to be what season to go. Why not save yourself the deliberation and book for all 4?

Things to do

Getting up close and personal with the real big bears

Bear Mountain, Big Bear Lake... everything around here is named after the big daddy of the forest, but where can you see him in the flesh? Well, make a beeline for Big Bear Alpine Zoo. Primarily a rescue and rehab outfit for injured wildlife, it also provides a permanent home for animals that can't be released back into the wild. Residents include eagles, wolves, cougars, and many other species, plus black bears and even grizzlies. And if you're more about creature comforts than living life on the wild side, make your way to The Village for classy shopping and dining.


There's no business like snow business

Chances are you've already heard of the legendary winter sports at Bear Mountain. The slopes of Big Bear Mountain Resort are especially revered among snowboarders, with the only halfpipes in Southern California. But a Bear Mountain vacation rental isn't just about the powder. How about downhill biking in the summer, playing a round on the 9-hole golf course, or hiking and horseriding in the forest? Nearby Big Bear Lake provides possibilities including kayaking, fishing, and guided lake cruises. You could take to the skies with parasailing or helicopter trips, or slow it right down with a segway tour.


Here's one bear that never hibernates

Whatever time of year you choose for your Bear Mountain vacation rental, you'll get a warm hug from this big bear. Bear Mountain features 4 distinct seasons, and boasts year-round events to go with them, from concerts and comedy festivals to classic car rallies and ski parties. It'll come as no surprise that Bear Mountain gets a lot of snow and some cold temperatures, so best suit up in that fur coat. Summers are hot, with cool nights and the occasional mountain thunderstorm. Come fall, those gorgeous colors are complemented by the highest-altitude Oktoberfest in the US. Cheers!

Natural features

High up there where the air is rare

Big Bear Mountain is set high up in the San Bernardino mountains, and it's got the wildlife to prove it. Big Bear Lake is a snow-fed reservoir, 7 miles long, and is teeming with fish lining up to take your bait. The surrounding countryside is mostly forest, featuring pine and oak trees, wildflowers, and plenty of wildlife. Sadly, while black bears remain in decent numbers, the big old grizzlies that gave the area its name were hunted to extinction by the beginning of the 20th century. These days you'll only find them at Big Bear Alpine Zoo.

Where to stay around Bear Mountain?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,233 vacation rentals near Bear Mountain. From 710 Cabins to 1,248 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bear Mountain for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay near Bear Mountain?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend near Bear Mountain:

  • Boulder Bay: 667 vacation rentals
  • Fox Farm: 560 vacation rentals
  • Summit Estates: 334 vacation rentals
  • Castle Glen Estates: 524 vacation rentals
  • Arrowbear Lake: 15 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I rent Cabins near Bear Mountain?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 710 Cabins near Bear Mountain. Our other popular types of vacation rentals near Bear Mountain include:

  • Houses: 1,248 rentals available
  • Cottages: 710 rentals available
  • Chalets: 21 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool near Bear Mountain?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 128 rentals with pool available near Bear Mountain. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

    Can I book a vacation rental directly online or instantly near Bear Mountain?

    Yes, HomeAway offers a selection of 2,229 vacation rentals to book directly online and 1,779 with instant booking available near Bear Mountain. Don't wait, have a look at our vacation rentals via our search bar and be ready for your next trip near Bear Mountain! 

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